Curatorial Studies at KASK & Conservatorium is an intensive, one-year English-language postgraduate course established in 1999. It is the only postgraduate curatorial programme in Belgium, benefitting from a unique partnership between KASK School of Arts, Ghent University and the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (S.M.A.K.).


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Application guidelines 2022-2023 can be found here






Cédric Fauq

Curatorial Vulnerability Session
by Cédric Fauq


12.05.2022 - 20:00
Vandenhove Centre, UGent 

In the lead up to Barbe à Papa (Cotton Candy), an exhibition which will open later this year at Capc musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Cédric Fauq will introduce the project and share thoughts and doubts about the process of exhibition-making, following a protocol he calls “curatorial vulnerability session”. This should enable conversations around the “atmospheric exhibition”, the celebratory death of display strategies and how he is trying to make his love for artists compatible with institutional labor.

More info here

Curatorial Lectures is a collaboration between Curatorial Studies at KASK, S.M.A.K. and UGent. 





Bodies of Work

Bodies of Work 


27.05—28.08.22
Extra City Kunsthal

The temporary organisation Bodies of Work is coming to life in Kunsthal Extra City's chapel. During the summer of 2022, it will fill the space with six different exhibitions and events co-curated by the students of Curatorial Studies 2022 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK).

Participating artists Kristina Sedlerova Villanen, Franciska Khamis Giacoman, Yuri Leiderman, Hamed Dehqan, Eva Giolo, Eva L’Hoest, Mélanie Peduzzi, Alise Anna Dzirniece & Jānis Dzirnieks (in order of appearance). Curated by Josue Aliendre Carvani, Natalia Barczyńska, Valentina Bianchi, Myrna D’Ambrosio, Minne De Meyer Engelbeen, Amanda Hakoköngäs, Arno Huygens, Anna Laganovska, Yasaman Tamizkar, Alexandra Tryanova, Adriënne van der Werf, Bas Verwaetermeulen — class of the 2022 Curatorial Studies postgraduate programme at KASK & Conservatorium in Ghent.

More info here and via bodiesofwork.be

Bodies of Work is a collaboration between Extra City Kunsthal and Curatorial Studies
at KASK & Conservatorium





Uncommon Grounds

(UN)COMMON GROUNDS


14.05—29.05.2022
iMAL

(un)common grounds is a joint collaboration between Werktank and Overtoon’s residents at iMAL. Inspired by the common trajectories shared by all three platforms which focus on research, experimentation, and processes, the exhibition takes as its framework the different states of creation and their subsequent transformations. These experiences emerge in three parallel and overlapping paths. 

With Line Boogaerts, Marijn Bril, Pierre Coric, Anna Godzina, Laurie-Anne Jaubert, Amber Meulenijzer, Vica Pacheco, Hussein Shikha, Stijn Wynbouw

Curated by Josue Aliendre Carvani, Natalia Barczyńska and Valentina Bianchi

More info here

Uncommon Grounds is a collaboration between Werktank, Overtoon and 
Curatorial Studies at KASK & Conservatorium




Photo by Lars Duchateau

Young Curators Programme launched 



The second edition of the Young Curators Programme invites six young emerging curators operating in Belgium to provide mediation for the Belgian national exhibition while pursuing their personal curatorial research. The programme offers the opportunity to enrich the exhibition The Nature of the Game by Francis Alÿs, curated by Hilde Teerlinck. The 2022 YCP fellows are Josue Aliendre Carvani, Jef Declercq, Arno Huygens, Badïa Larouci, Camille Lemille and Inès-Gabrielle Tourlet and the programme is coordinated by indepent curator and CS alumna Laila Melchior. 

With the support of Curatorial Studies at KASK & Conservatorium, Flemish Community, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, BIJ (Bureau International de la Jeunesse), ArBA-EsA (Académie Royale des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles) and the City of Brussels.




 Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide

Curatorial Lectures
A Lasting Truth Is Change


by Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide
10.03.22 - 20.00
S.M.A.K.

In this lecture, Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide will be discussing A Lasting Truth Is Change, her first large-scale exhibition as newly appointed curator at Van Abbe Museum. The exhibition asks how heritage institutions—those that preserve and display content of “historical” value—can get into a sound relation with change and model just and joyous ways of living that reflect equitable future societies. The presentation of over eighty artworks from the collection is complemented with works that were never acquired by the museum despite past presentations. Out of this lacuna develops an experiment in revisioning history or our relation to the modern art canon that emphasizes relationality rather than artistic autonomy or “genius”.

More info here. Sign up for the lecture here.




AWI - Art Workers Italia

Masterclass Fair Practices and Fair Pay


28.02—02.03.22
Online and KASK & Conservatorium⁠

Curatorial Studies organises a series of sessions with cultural professionals from different backgrounds to share their experience in good practices, financial sustainability and fair treatment. The aim of these meetings is to observe and reflect on the labour conditions of art workers on both national and international level. This masterclass is intended as an opportunity to bring art workers together to examine the financial, legal and ethical conditions of the cultural ecosystem.


Lecturers and workshops with: Alessandra Saviotti (AWI - Art Workers Italia), Margarita Osipian, Jesse van Winden (Caveat and Jubilee), Kunstenpunt

More info here.

Partners: Kunstenpunt, AWI (Art Workers Italia), Caveat and Jubilee






43521. Parallel Performance Programme to Radiant Nights #3


18.02.2022, 19.30 – 23.30
DeSingel International Art Center⁠

A performance programme proposed by Josue Alejandro Aliendre, Myrna D'Ambrosio, Natalia Barczyńska, Valentina Bianchi, Isabella Daffara, Raphael Damasceno, Minne De Meyer Engelbeen, Rebecca Fokkema, Amanda Hakoköngäs, Luisa Heilbron Valeriano, Arno Huygens, Anna Laganovska, Cyriel Lucas, Marcos Martincano, Jenneke Slaets, Fyllenia Grigoriou, Yasaman Tamizkar, Alexandra Tryanova, Cristina Valdivielso Garcia, Adriënne van der Werf, Bas Verwaetermeulen and Libby Ward

Full text here 

Organisation: Michiel Vandevelde, Laura Herman, Renata Lamenza Epifanio, Anna Stoppa and Iris Terclaevers⁠ // Lectures: Michiel Vandevelde, Raimundas Malasaukas, Kopano Maroga, Dorothea von Hantelmann and Ula Sickle⁠ // Curatorial Mentoring: Yann Chateigné Tytelman⁠

Developed in the context Embodied Curating, a masterclass and exchange week between the residents of the Master Dance at Koninklijk Conservatorium & deSingel, Antwerp and the participants of the Curatorial Studies programme at KASK, Gent, on the occasion of the festival Radiant Nights #3. 






1M3 curated by Valentina Bianchi and Arno Huygens

1M3 – Visualising the memory of this hand touching something


14.02—25.04.22
Open from Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 18:30

CS participants Valentina Bianchi and Arno Huygens curated 1M3 at KASK & Conservatorium, a space dedicated to the collection of artists’ books of the school’s library, the Kunstenbibliotheek.



More info here.

Partners: Kunstenbibliotheek at KASK & Conservatorium




2022 YCP fellows

Young Curators Programme  2022


23.04.2022 - 27.11.2022

Curatorial Studies at KASK & Conservatorium, Flemish Community, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, BIJ (Bureau International de la Jeunesse), ArBA-EsA (Académie Royale des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles) and the City of Brussels are pleased to announce the fellows selected for the second iteration of the Young Curators Programme (YCP) at the Belgian Pavilion–59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

The 2022 YCP fellows are Josue Aliendre Carvani, Jef Declercq, Arno Huygens, Badïa Larouci, Camille Lemille and Inès-Gabrielle Tourlet

The programme offers the opportunity to enrich the exhibition The Nature of the Game by Francis Alÿs, curated by Hilde Teerlinck while pursuing their personal curatorial research.

More info: www.belgianpavilion.be/en/projects/ycp-2022

The Young Curators Programme was initiated in 2019 by the Belgian Pavilion in association with La Loge, Curatorial Studies at KASK & Conservatorium (HOGENT & Howest), Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, and BIJ (Bureau International de la Jeunesse)



apexart classroom voting programme 
Curatorial Studies participates in Apexart Student Jurying

04.03.22 - 04.04.22


As part of the Writing & Curating course, the CS class will participate in the classroom voting programme to help decide real-world arts programming.

Students get the opportunity to read proposals from curators and artists from around the world and consider what makes a compelling short essay. They encounter important concerns about social issues and ideas from all over the world and all corners of the creative community, learning which themes and ideas are pressing in real time.

Apexart is a non-profit art space located in Manhattan, New York, that focuses on challenging the gallery system and democratizing the process by which art is curated and exhibited.



(c) Jeroen Verrecht

Masterclass: Embodied Curating
KCA Master Dance & Curatorial Studies


14.02.22 - 18.02.22

During a one week exchange between the residents of the Master Dance and the participants of the Curatorial Studies programme, we will delve into the history of curation and live arts and look into a variety of curatorial practices. The modernist building of Arts Centre deSingel will become the playground to organise a live arts exhibition.The result of the collaboration between the dancers and the curators will be presented during the first evening of the Radiant Nights on Friday 18 February at DeSingel. 

Organisation: Michiel Vandevelde, Laura Herman, Renata Lamenza Epifanio, Anna Stoppa and Iris Terclaevers

Curatorial Mentoring: Yann Chateigné Tytelman

Lecturers: Michiel Vandevelde, Raimundas Malasaukas, Kopano Maroga, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Ula Sickle

More info about the masterclass here. 

The masterclass is a collaboration with KCA Master Dance and De Singel



Anatomie d'un corps absent, 2019, Le Creux de l'Enfer Centre d'Art Contemporain de Thiers, Copyrights mountaincutters.

Lichen Prize for Curators 
Three Tropes for Entropy


05.02–03.04.2022

With works by mountaincutters (FR), Angyvir Padilla (VZ) and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (ES), Three Tropes for Entropy delves into three distinctive artistic practices, presenting their singular approaches towards notions of flux, energy, and transformation.

Laila Melchior and Koi Persyn — laureates of the second edition of the Lichen Curatorial Prize — present a transformative exhibition connecting three artistic practices and methodologies to the unique site of the former Winterslag coal mine. Having hosted an industrial complex of coal exploitation for approximately a century, this former mine site embodies the capacity to generate and process energy not only through its history but also in its recent transformation into a creative hub.

Lichen is a prize for emerging curators, established by CIAP platform for contemporary art and the department of Curatorial Studies at KASK School of Arts to foster and support curatorial experimentation in Belgium. With the support of KASK & Conservatorium School of Arts, the Flemish Community, the City of Genk, and the CIAP members.





Love and Ethnology: Exhibition view | © Silke Briel / HKW


From the scenic essay to the essay-exhibition


Conference dates: 27.04—29.04.22

Conference hosted by Research centre S:PAM - Studies in Performing Arts & Media, Ghent University.
Keynote speakers: Nora M. Alter, Thijs Lijster, Anselm Franke, Frédérique Aït-Touati, Ho Rui An and Mobile Akademie Berlin

Unlike the realm of literature and film, the essay form in the field of performing arts, visual arts and curatorial practices has received only modest attention. The goal of this three-day conference is to continue the mapping the essay form in these disciplines. By doing so, the conference aims to enrich the existing vocabulary of theatre and performance studies and aspires to resolve the hiatus between the existing theories on the essay.

Read more about the conference.  

The conference will be organized with the support of Commissie Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (CWO) of the Faculty of Arts & Philosophy of Ghent University, Research Centre S:PAM (Ghent University) and Curatorial Studies at KASK School of Arts (Ghent)


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