Qatar Museums and Fondazione Prada CURATE Award

May 30, 2013

On May 29, Qatar Museums Authority and Fondazione Prada announced the launch of “Curate,” a global competition to find new curating talent.

“Curate” attempts to open up and challenge people’s ideas of what an exhibition can be. The winner will be provided with an opportunity to curate their the exhibition of their dreams.

A jury of art world heavyweights will judge ideas on their creativity and social significance. The jury includes Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, Chairperson, Qatar Museums Authority; Miuccia Prada, President, Fondazione Prada; Rem Koolhaas, architect, urban theorist, founder, OMA; Nadine Labaki, Lebanese film-maker and actress; Nawal El Moutawakel, the first woman from a Muslim majority country to win an Olympic gold medal; and Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director, Serpentine Gallery, London.

A press release states that the winner should present “an exemplary exhibition that is both far-sighted and critical to the future,” and that “participation in the competition is not limited to aspiring or established curators, but is open to anyone with a great concept for creative expression, with the emphasis on encouraging young people to compete, whether as individuals or as collaborative groups.”

Twenty finalists will be selected by the Jury, and will be showcased on the Curate website, giving an opportunity to the public to vote on their favorite project. The winner will be announced in Spring 2014.

A statement released by the jury it was said: “The notion of ‘curating’ no longer belongs just to the museum. With the development of digital and social media, it has now become possible for anyone to participate in the selection, editing and communication of ideas. We hope that people, whatever their age or background, will make the most of the opportunity offered by Curate to think about the future potential of exhibition making, where there are no imposed boundaries to media, scale, content and formats, and ideas, whether from the fields of science or the arts, can come from anywhere.”

Entry opens Wednesday 29 May 2013 and closes on Tuesday 31 December 2013.

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