open call: 2019 curatorIal resIdencIes

Available from January - December 2019

Application deadline: 15 February 2019

A rolling programme of one month residencies inviting innovative curatorial proposals from all practitioners, including those working in the visual arts, performance, architecture and design to research and execute an exhibition project in Folkestone.

The Curatorial Residency at HOP Projects CT20 provides the opportunity for young curators to research and execute an exhibition project in Folkestone at the HOP Projects exhibition space with the active support of its directors and partners. You will be part of a thriving artistic community, working alongside the resident artists and your exhibition will be incorporated into our active exhibition programme.

The residency focuses on practical experiences in the conceptualising, planning, strategising, selecting, researching, mounting, installing and circulation of the projects and artistic statements. We encourage proposals that are relevant, engaging and innovative. During the residency, we offer a co-working space to fully develop your own ideas along with the directors and collaborators’ experienced guidance. Participants will have access to workshops, artist-talks, screenings, exhibitions and other regular events taking place in Folkestone.

At the conclusion of the working period, the resident curator will put on one-week exhibition / production of the curatorial residency. We will offer production assistance and support (installation, promotion, publicity etc.), as well as connections, artist database and media partners. This final presentation will take place in HOP Projects CT20 project space and will be part of the official exhibition program.



  • ability to work independently
  • clearly conceived concept
  • highly motivated, self-directed individuals
  • at least two previous exhibitions (individually or as part of a team)
  • 1-2 years of study in a relevant field or equivalent professional experience


Dates and Duration of the Residency:

The residency is for a maximum of one month from January to December 2019.

Visiting artist, researchers, academics, designers and writers’ slots would last for one month unless otherwise agreed.

Inquiries for specific residency periods are welcome and residents will be accepted on a rolling basis. HOP Projects will work with the selected curator to ensure that both the dates and duration of their residencies are as beneficial as possible.

About HOP Projects CT20

HOP Projects CT20 (C.I.C) is an independent, cross-disciplinary and experimental platform for the production, exchange and distribution of installation art, architecture and Performance. Established in September 2017, it is a non-profit organisation based in the heart of the Creative Quarter in Folkestone, UK. HOP Projects CT20 was launched as part of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial Fringe. Its vision is to extend, sustain and promote high quality art and creativity output beyond and in between the duration of the festivals.

It is committed to a unified vision of bringing together the visual arts with theatre, performance, spatial installations, sound and technology that prioritises the development of ideas above pre-defined genres or disciplines. It believes in the urgency in new modes of expressions and pioneering practices that can tear down the barriers between the audience and the ‘white walls’, making contemporary art relevant and far-reaching to a wider audience.

Through its core programme of projects, residencies and exchange, HOP Projects provides the space, atmosphere and support for national and international artists, who often work in between or at the fringes of their respective disciplines, to develop within a stimulating environment built upon trust, and outside the pressures of commercial forces. It delivers a highly efficient and professional service, with uncompromising commitment to artistic visions and the quality of output.

It has the creative and co-operative agility to implement between larger institutions, individual artists and members of the public, working with partners in Folkestone, London, Chile and New York. It is an exchange network of resources, and each production brings together different areas of expertise in a close-knit collaboration.

HPCT20 has close working relationships with cultural institutions such as the Creative Foundation, as well as a network of independent organisations working at the cutting edge of cultural production: Casement Arts, Pavement Pounders, Venice Agendas, Screen South, Performance Space, Club Shepway, B&B Project Space, Brewery Tap, Strange Cargo, Strangelove Festival, DARC (Manuel Vasson), Ernst Fisher amongst many more.

About Folkestone

Folkestone is a town on the English Channel in the South East coast of England. It has dramatically transformed itself from economic decline to a thriving cultural frontier. Folkestone Triennial has established itself as a significant event in the international calendar of recurring art exhibitions since its inception in 2008 (Andrea Schlieker was the curator). Each Triennial invites artists to engage with the rich cultural history commissions a series of public artworks (some permanent) that collectively create a spirit of place, bringing changes in the thinking of the communities with which they work. The next Folkestone Triennial will be in 2020.

Other major events, residencies and festivals happening in Folkestone 2019

February:   Profound Sound

March:  Strangelove Time-based Media Festival

May:  Normal? Festival of the Brain

June:  Folkestone Big Screen opens for Summer programme

Folkestone Open Quarter – Artist open studios

September:   SALT Festival

November:  Folkestone Book Festival

Continual Arts Activity:  

Folkestone Artworks (public art as legacy of previous Folkestone Triennials)

Exhibitions at Brewery Tap, Casement Arts, Stable Studios

Folkestone Women’s Forum

Performance Space residencies

Threads Open Crits and Salons

Film Club Customs House

Theatre, Comedy, Music & Performance at Quarterhouse

Strango Cargo exhibitions

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