Call for applications – NoguerasBlanchard Curatorial Open Call 2015, Madrid

Call for applications – NoguerasBlanchard Curatorial Open Call 2015, Madrid

NoguerasBlanchard is pleased to announce the fourth edition of the Curatorial Open Call, which invites individuals or collectives to submit a proposal for curating an exhibition at NoguerasBlanchard space in Madrid. The successful proposal will take place in April 2015 (opening April 11th) within the context of Jugada a 3 bandas, a programme of curated exhibitions at the galleries.

The selected curator/s will receive a maximum of €4.000 in concept of honorarium and exhibition production budget. NoguerasBlanchard will provide administrative and production support, design and mailing of the press release/invitation and an opening reception. The curator/curatorial collective must be in Madrid for the installation period and for the opening day.

The final version of the selected project will be developed and finalized in close collaboration with the team of NoguerasBlanchard, with the purpose of taking into account financial constraints, artists requirements and the architectural specificities and local context of the venue.

The selected proposals of previous Open Calls have been ‘Case Report’ by Lorenzo Sandoval (Madrid, 1980) in 2012; ‘Can’t Hear My Eyes’ by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk (Rotterdam, 1988) in 2013 and ‘A Thousand varied uses’ by Kevin Gallagher (Chicago,1986). Image documentation of the exhibitions can be found on the gallery website.

Application criteria
The proposal should:
-Be thought taking into consideration NoguerasBlanchard’s exhibition space (See floor plan attached or please write to to request a jpg file of the floor plan)
-Have an international interest
-Show financial feasibility

Application procedures
The decision will be made public on NoguerasBlanchard’s website and by e-mail by early December 2014.

The submission should include:
-A short biography or curriculum vitae (1 page) and contact address of the curator/s.
-An exhibition/project outline explaining the purpose and concept (600 words maximum)
-Initial list of artists and a succinct description of their practice and recent exhibitions (100 words maximum)
-Images of the works to be included with suitable captions.
-Detailed production budget that must include:
·Proposed curatorial fee / expenses derived from curators attendance to requested events
·Return transports and insurance
·Eventual production of new works
·Eventual architectural adaptation of gallery space

The jury will consist of three curators, two of them who have previously exhibited group shows in the gallery:

Javier Hontoria is an art critic and independent curator. Since 1999, he writes for the cultural supplement « ElCultural » of the national Spanish newspaper “El Mundo” and coordinates its international exhibition section. Hontoria is a regular contributor to art-magazines such as Artforum (USA), MAP Magazine (UK) or the Spanish publications Dardo and A-Desk. He curated the first retrospective dedicated to Bas Jan Ader in Italy at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (2013) and more recently he has curated the first solo exhibition of Dutch artist Mark Manders in Spain, that is currently on view at CGAC, Santiago de Compostela.

Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk (Rotterdam, 1988) works as a curator and a writer. In September 2012 he founded The Office for Curating,which is currently based in Rotterdam. Recent exhibition projects include the group exhibition On the Estonian Theatre:Twelve Proposals for Rakvere (2014) for Kilometre of Sculpture, Rakvere; the group exhibition Ways of Working,According to an Office Desk (2014) at Upominki, Rotterdam, among others. He has contributed to a number of magazines, among Art Licks, Cura. and MetropolisM. In 2012 he was the recipient of the inaugural NEON Curatorial Award at The Whitechapel Gallery, in recognition of his fiction and literature–based approach to curating.

Direlia Lazo (Havana, 1984) lives and works inBarcelona. She has curated exhibitions including Cero, Young Cuban Artists, Havana (2007); Just Around the Corner, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2009); Somewhere Else, NoguerasBlanchard,Barcelona (2011) and a year exhibition series under the title “The StoryBehind”, NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona. She is currently co-curating a survey ofRoman Ondàk for Times Museum, Guangzhou and a group show for the upcomingHavana Biennial (2015). Lazo has written for catalogues and journals, and has worked on artists’ projects including Tania Bruguera’s Cátedra Arte de Conducta.

Application deadline: November 15th,2014

Please submit your applications, exclusively in English, in a pdf file up to 3 MB, to:

Please write ‘NoguerasBlanchard Curatorial Open Call’ in the subject line. You will receive an email confirming the reception of your proposal. For further information please write to

Information about NoguerasBlanchard
NoguerasBlanchard opened its first space in Barcelona in 2004. We are dedicated to developing across-disciplinary international gallery programme, reflecting a variety of conceptually-motivated positions and practices. The gallery´s main goal is to engage in a long-term commitment with the careers of our artists and to be highly involved in the production of works as well as off-site projects. We are co-producing films, biennial projects, artist’s books and publications while working in close alliance with international galleries and institutions.
In2011 we launched the first international Curatorial Open Call where we dedicate a yearly exhibition to emerging curatorial practices. Other initiatives to engage the local public include the ‘Kitchen Talks’, where we regularly invite artists, critics, curators and other cultural agents to give informal talks in the gallery.
InSeptember 2012 we opened a second exhibition space in Madrid in order to generate new audiences, contexts and possibilities. Located on Doctor Fourquet between the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía en La Casa Encendida, the neighbourhood has become a reference for Madrid’s contemporary arts scene.