Request for Proposals: Indigenous Curatorial Projects

Request for Proposals: Indigenous Curatorial Projects
Curator in Residence, BACA Opportunity

Deadline for Submissions: September 1st, 2017
Project Start Date: November 1st, 2017
Contract Timeline: 8-Months (November 2017 – June 2018)
Residency Timeline: 5-Months (Januar – May 2018)
Salary: $34,000

The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective – Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA) in partnership with Art Mûr and the Biennale d’Art Contemporain Autochtone are offering a curator in residence position for the 8-month period leading up to the 2018 Native Art Biennial (BACA), Edition #4.

The Contemporary Native Art Biennial, initiated by the gallery Art Mûr in 2012, is a long-term project to recognize and support contemporary Indigenous art and artists. This recurring event, central to Montreal’s artistic scene, highlights a plurality of artistic practices that stem from Indigenous cultures across North America. Given its success over the past six years, a non-profit organization BACA (Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone) has been set up to better respond to the increasing scale and popularity of the Native Art Biennial. The 2018 edition of the Biennial will be presented in the different venues throughout Montreal and the surrounding area in the form of pavilions: Art Mûr Gallery (Central Pavilion), Stewart-Hall Museum (West Coast Pavilion), the Canadian Guild of Crafts (Northern Pavilion), McCord Museum (Educational Pavilion) and in the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke.

For this most recent 2018 edition, the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective – Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA) has joined with BACA as a collaborator to produce this event. ACC-CCA is a National Indigenous Arts Service Organization with an 11-year history of support and advocacy for Indigenous curators, artists and arts professionals within Canada. ACC-CCA’s initiative, the Tiohtià:ke Project, promotes contemporary Indigenous art within and outside the province of Quebec, utilizing Montreal /Tiohtià:ke as the central gathering place, in this way re-visiting the territory’s ancestral role for Indigenous peoples. Support for this project has been provided through the New Chapters funding of the Canada Council for the Arts.
The BACA Curator in Residence will develop and produce the thematic and curatorial content for the Biennial which includes the 5 venue exhibitions, related public programming and a curatorial body of writing to accompany the 2018 exhibition catalogue. The dates of the Biennial are May 5th – June 16th 2018. Due to the timeline of this event, applicants should be aware that much of the work will begin immediately following selection, however the residency component will only start in January 2018.

The selected curator will receive a $34,000 Honorarium for an eight month contract which covers all included tasks associated with the curatorial costs and copyrights and a studio at the Fonderie Darling in Montréal (residency period from January 2018 to May 2018). The ACC-CCA will provide mentorship, support and resources for the curator; BACA organizational team will provide auxiliary resources for the Biennial: artist contracts and payments, shipping, designing and printing exhibition catalogue. Proposals are evaluated on merit of project, singularity of concept, and adherence to the application guidelines. All applications submitted will be considered final and treated as such. All incomplete or duplicate applications will be immediately disqualified.


To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have curated a minimum of two exhibitions and have published a minimum of two critical essays on contemporary art, be of Indigenous heritage (First Nations, Métis or Inuit), from any region in Canada/North America.
In addition, candidates must demonstrate they have the determination and talent to contribute in meaningful ways to the development of Indigenous contemporary art in Canada. Foremost, the candidate must be able to work independently and as part of a team, and have proven superior written and oral communication skills in either English or French.


ACC-CCA strongly encourages proposals be conceptually innovative, introduce new artists to the BACA audience and deliver theoretical tools to think about contemporary Indigenous art in Canada.

Proposals must include:

1. A curatorial statement (up to 1500 words) including the description of the project and strategic justification for proposed actions.
2. A list of 15 or more Indigenous artists from North America proposed as part of the proposed actions.
3. A working schedule including an outline of communications and outreach.
4. Curriculum vitae detailing education, research and professional experience, and any other relevant information.
5. A representative selection of completed projects that convey an impression of the candidate’s distinctive approach presented as images, text, video or links to websites.
6. Contact information for two academic or professional references who are familiar with the candidate and previous work.
Note: Curators may not include their own work in the exhibition.

For more information and application resources, please contact the Tiohtià:ke Project Coordinator
Application materials can be submitted by email to: