Art Central Rotterdam is pleased to announce its first open call for a curator to organize an exhibition during the next Art Central Rotterdam XL opening on 17 March 2023.

We are looking for an emerging or established curator to realize a central exhibition at Baanhof which will be the Art Central Rotterdam XL central location. The aim of the central exhibition is to highlight the presence of the art spaces and connect their widely differing programmes by bringing them together under one roof through a curatorial concept.

The curator should realize an exhibition concept with an experimental and innovative approach. The curator is encouraged to deal with themes and tendencies that are current and urgent, relevant and representative of our times. The aim of the exhibition is to introduce new local and international perspectives, enhancing curatorial research, exchange, and discourse in Rotterdam.

The chosen curator will be provided time and space to develop a curatorial project that will reflect the dynamic variety that comprises the Rotterdam art scene. The curator must work with the participating venues and choose one artwork from each venues for the exhibition.

Eligibility and criteria

– Demonstration of consistent curatorial practice—regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity.
– A well-founded interest in current debates in arts and culture
– A genuine interest in the local art scene of Rotterdam
– Not a post- or undergraduate student

Applicant requirements

– A short bio, portfolio, and CV
– Submit a general concept for the exhibition

Send your proposal and/or if you have any questions to

The selected candidate will receive an honorarium of €2500 ex. BTW + expenses (max €300).

The submission deadline is 5 January 2023, 12 PM. A decision will be made by mid-January.

Members of the jury:
- Cokkie Snoei, gallery owner;
- Rachel Carey, artist;
- Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, founder of The Office for Curating and founding director at RADIUS, Center for Contemporary Art and Ecology;
- Alexander Ramselaar, art collector, cultural advisor Cultuur – Ondernemen a.o.

About Art Central Rotterdam XL:

From 17 to 19 March 2023, the city of Rotterdam will become in its entirety the spotlight of contemporary art and culture during the Art Central Rotterdam XL. This is a cultural event in which thirty-six art spaces and institutions in Rotterdam will simultaneously open their exhibitions with extended opening hours, to offer a complete program of activities accessible to the public for free: joint opening, a program of events and guided tours to discover and appreciate contemporary artworks, unique art centres and institutions located in every part of the city.

Over three days, Art Central Rotterdam XL will celebrate its second edition, confirming itself as a major event in the art world at the beginning of the spring. Its main objective is to bring the general public closer to contemporary creation and disseminate the Rotterdam artistic scene internationally.

Our vision and goal is to establish Art Central Rotterdam XL as one of the world’s most important Art Weekends, comparable with the likes of Berlin or Madrid both in terms of quality, diversity, and wealth as well as in number of visitors.

Art Central Rotterdam XL Weekend:
17 March – 19 March, 2023

Central Exhibition Extra opening times:
25 March & 26 March 2023, 1 April & 2 April 2023

The participating art spaces: Kunstinstituut Melly, TENT, WORM, MAMA, Roodkapje, A Tale of A Tub, Garage Rotterdam, Goethe-Institut Rotterdam, Christian Ouwens, Chrysalid Gallery, Contour Gallery, JOEY RAMONE, NL=US Art, Phoebus Rotterdam, Root Gallery, Zerp Galerie, VIVID Galerie, Roof-A, Huidenclub, PrintRoom, Studio Seine, Murals Inc., Brutus, Atelier Herenplaats, OMI, Rib, Het Archief, Shimmer, Walgenbach Art & Books, Nieuw Charlois, Baanhof, Neck of the Woods, Eye Love U Art Space, Galerie Untitled

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