Encura IV: fully funded three-months curatorial residency

Term: 24/07/2019 - 30/09/2019

Call for applications


Hangar Barcelona in association with Curators' Network is offering a fully-funded three-month-residency in Barcelona and Madrid (Spain), during January-March, 2020.

The call is free of charge and open to all curators and researchers who currently do not live and work in Catalonia. The deadline for the submission of applications is Monday, September 30th, 2019, midnight, Spanish time, CEST time zone.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work either with artists residents at Hangar and/or other cultural agents, located in Catalonia, in Madrid and/or another location in the Spanish territory. Therefore, the selected candidate will have the chance to research the wider artistic context of Barcelona and Madrid as well as to establish networks and dialogues with other local and national cultural agents.  

It is essential to justify the reason for developing the research in the selected territories, understanding the residency as a process of situated work in which immersion in the context makes the places, agents, present structures and relationships contribute to the coherence of the project.

We are aware that in rural or peripheral territories, that kind of situated work usually happens organically due to the needs or riches of the context. For this reason, the selection criteria include sensitivity to projects related to those places, although that does not exclude proposals located in other environments such as the urban ones.

Applicants should submit a proposal that fits into the general lines of work of Hangar and Curators' Network. As previously mentioned, the proposal should foresee a collaboration with cultural agents (4 maximum), already confirmed prior to the application, as well as a presentation of the outcomes in a format other than a classical exhibition.

The selected candidate is expected to realize the suggested project during the residency. 



The call is open for all cultural agents who as part of their practice habitually work with artists, from an independent or institutional perspective (curators, researchers, art writers..).

  • There is no age limit.
  • Applicants should currently not live or work in Catalonia.
  • Only one application per person or collective permitted. Curatorial collectives have to assign one member as the resident.
  • Applicants should feel comfortable engaging in artistic discussions in English.
  • The call seeks especially for participants who work with a high level of excellence, but do not yet have a consolidated international career, as one of the primary goals of Curators’ Network is to promote art-professionals who are still not well known in a larger international context.
  • Submitted projects should include a working proposal with other collaborators (up to 4): residents artists at Hangar and/or other cultural agents, located in Catalonia, Madrid and/or another location in the Spanish territory. These contacts have to be confirmed in advance to submitting the application.
  • The projects can be both motivated by an already existing research or can be articulated for this specific purpose
  • The successful applicant will be asked to present the results of the residency at the end of his/her stay in the frame of Paratext programme at Hangar. This final presentation should seek new and original ways of presenting the research and the work, ideally also in a digital/online format.
  • The successful applicant will also be required to narrate the process of the residency through the Art Spy blog at Curators' Network and to seek opportunities to share their experience with their own local communities.
  • Applicants should commit to being available during the full months of the residency: January, February & March 2020.



The residency programme includes the following benefits:

  • In and outbound travel from place of residence (up to 450€)

  • Local travels: Barcelona x Madrid to develop the project (up to 300€).

  • Local travels: other national destination to develop the project: 200€ for each two-ways journeys.

  • Professional honorary for the resident (4.000€ before taxes).

  • Professional honorary for a maximum of 4 cultural agents collaborating within the residency project (500€ for each agent, before taxes).

  • A production budget of 2.500 € which will be collectively defined among resident, cultural agents involved and Hangar production team.

  • Accommodation Barcelona (own bedroom in a four-room house located at Hangar residency space).

  • Accommodation Madrid (own bedroom in a three-room flat located at Planta Alta residency space). Maximum 9 days, on flexible dates according to the project needs.

  • Accommodation in another location in Spain, when necessary for the development of the project (700€).

  • Maximum of per diems allocated for the whole project is 1000€.

Hangar will provide the following:
  • Working space and internet connection (please bring your own laptop as no computer will be provided).
  • Technical assistance for the activities that the candidate will undertake during the residency at Hangar.
  • Mediation coordination, between resident and local cultural agents, on each location the residency will take place.


Curators' Network will provide the following:
  • the successful candidate will get a permanent profile and presentation space at Curators' Network Database
  • the blog of the residents will be hosted through the art-spy section of Curators' Network
  • the online presentation of the projects of the residents will be hosted and promoted through www.curators-network.eu
  • organization and mediation of a stay in Madrid (up to 9 days). Contacts and institutional visits, according to projects needs.


Ensure that all required attachments are included. Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered. Please note that there is a 5MB limit for each archive that has to be uploaded. Please attach:


A project description (no template provided, please create your own document)

  • The selected candidate is expected to realize the submitted proposal during the residency. This proposal should involve other cultural agents: residents artists at Hangar and/or other cultural agents, located in Catalonia and/or another location in the Spanish territory. The pdf, therefore, should include a description of the project, its relation to the proposed cultural agents involved as well as related images, videos, and texts if necessary.
  • One of the objectives of Curators' Network is to explore new forms of presentation and dissemination of contemporary art, especially those involving the creation of new digital content. Applicants should, therefore, foresee within their project description the possibility to present their research in a different format than an exhibition.


A resume of your activity (no template provided, please create your own document):

  • A CV
  • A maximum of 10 examples of recent projects, with images, captions, and a short description if necessary. You may include links to project websites and videos documenting the projects.
  • Any other documentation that you consider relevant (e.g. articles or other publications that have been written about you or by yourself)

Whereas the form has to be filled out obligatorily in English, the additional documents can also be submitted in Spanish. We strongly recommend submitting an English version, as several members of the jury may not be fluent in Spanish.

  • Deadline: Applications should be submitted online no later than 30th of September at Midnight [Spain, CEST].
  • Jury: Three candidates will be pre-selected for virtual interviews before taking the final decision. The chosen resident will be chosen on the basis of the submitted applications. The jury will be composed of Curators' Network team and the programme committee of Hangar.
  • Notification: The successful applicants will be notified latest by the 30th of October, 2019.
About Hangar


Hangar is a center for art research and production located in Barcelona, Spain. Hangar’s mission is to support visual artists and other cultural agents during the different moments of their art production processes as well as to contribute to the best development of their projects. Hangar facilitates equipment, facilities, production assistance and a suitable context for free experimentation and knowledge transfer. Hangar is located in the Poblenou neighborhood in Barcelona and in a mid 19th Century that was originally designed for the textile industry. At present, and after the center was extended to the adjacent warehouses, the buildings used by Hangar cover a total surface of 2,600 m2.

About Curators' Network


Curators’ Network is a platform which works since 2010 for the interconnection and the exchange of the local knowledge and for the mutual benefit of all implicated art professionals and their institutions. The general aim of Curators’ Network is to foster the international promotion and interconnection of art professionals who live and work in environments that can be considered peripheral to the main centers of contemporary art. It seeks to make visible these professionals on an international scale as well as transferring local knowledge to an international community and vice versa. The activities of Curators’ Network are real-life events that are always combined with tools of digital promotion.


hablarenarte (Curators' Network)

Flavia Introzzi or Carmen Mateos (flavia (at)hablarenarte.com // carmen(at)hablarenarte.com)


Ludovica Michelin  (ludovica(at)hangar.org)

Submission term closed.

Closed on 30/09/2019.