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Open Call: proposals for a free online Curatorial Development Workshop

Curatorial Development Workshop: Open Call and Launch

The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM), the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN), and the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum announce an Open Call for proposals for a free online Curatorial Development Workshop to be held on October 21, 23 and 24, 2020 via a digital platform.

The Workshop, the sixth in the series since 2009, seeks to reflect on the relationship between the social context of the public health crisis brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and the kind of curatorial mode responsive to the ecology of production. This production has been disrupted because of the restrictions on basic mobility; domestic and international travel; physical interaction; and general everyday activity. This situation, coupled with uncertainty and unpredictability, has affected the economic and emotional well-being of everyone all over the world and rendered daily life and the imagination of the future precarious, even as various forms of violence have in the same breath heightened.

Speakers for the forthcoming Curatorial Development Workshop are Patrick Flores (Director, PCAN and Curator, UP Vargas Museum), Tessa Guazon (PCAN), Renan Laru-an (PCAN), Roberto Paulino (PCAN), Taufik Darwis (Co-Founder, Bandung Performing Arts Forum, Bandung), Chuong-Dai Vo (Researcher, Asia Art Archives, Hong Kong), and Kamiya Yukie (Director, Japan Society, New York).

Interested applicants may check more information and access the application form here: The deadline for submission of applications is on September 14, 2020, Monday.

This call for proposals coincides with the launch of the digital version of the catalogue titled Curatorial Development Workshop Exhibitions held from December 7, 2019 to March 7, 2020 at the Vargas Museum. The curators of the project (Karl Albais, Pristine de Leon, Jay Nathan Jore, Carlos Quijon, Jr., Cristian Tablazon) were selected from the Curatorial Development Workshop held on October 5-6, 2018.

You can download the catalogue here:

For inquiries, please email

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About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.

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