Open Call: 2020 InternatIonal CuratorIal ResIdencIes

Available June - July 2020
Application deadline: 4th February 2020

A rolling programme of one to three months immersive residencies from May to July 2020 open to national and international creative practitioners across all art forms (artists, designers, writers, curators, etc.) to realise a project, undertake research, develop and expand their practice in Folkestone. 

The residency programme is an open platform for those who wish to develop new ideas and to be part of a thriving artistic community. ‘Margins’ will be the focus of our 2020’s arts programme. Successful candidates whose proposals imaginatively respond to the theme may benefit from our on-going research, and with the potential to be part of a group show developed by the HOP Projects team.

About the Curatorial Residencies 2020

The Curatorial Residency at HOP Projects CT20 provides the opportunity for 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 a 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 between June and July 2020.

Visiting artists, 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 Project 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 2020:

FebruaryProfound Sound
MarchStrangelove Time-based Media Festival
MayNormal? Festival of the Brain
JuneFolkestone Big Screen opens for Summer programme
Folkestone Open Quarter – Artist open studios
September / November Folkestone Triennial 2020

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


Self-catering accommodation (free for 14 days).

Project Space (36 sqm/390 sqft) is available outside our annual programme of public events as studio, workshop, or exhibition space if required.

Audio-visual equipments including a PA system, mixer, monitors, a film projector etc. that is capable in facilitating a multi-media production;

Logistic and production support from director and curator to ensure individual research and projects are realised to its full potential.

Publically accessible archive that holds a record of past projects, publications and on-going research. 

Apply: (see Google Form)


The application is open until 04 February 2020.
Early submission is encouraged.

Past Residencies:

December 2019: SOUNDING DIY III curated by Laura Netz. An exhibition exploring frameworks of DIY cultures, which emerged from the 1970’s as a reaction to technological deployment. Highlighting the collaboration between musicians, visual artists, performers and curators to research new genres of experimental contemporary art.

November 2019: Perfectly Imperfect by Celeste C. da Luz. Focusing on the central preoccupation of colour, materiality and engagement, Celeste created work to depict an understanding of her surroundings through her sense of place. Employing material that aims to go beyond the recognisable connotations of itself, and to reveal the unknown within the familiar, her work questions and challenges the hierarchy of objects that exist around us.

October 2019: Building / Burning Bridges curated by PUPs. Belgo-Lithuanian artist-curator duo from London, explore the idea of a cultural bridge between two sides of The Channel. Navigating margins of cultural identities on both sides, and using the bridge as a pivotal point to dip into notions of networks, transport, borders and the byproducts of these.

September 2019: This Is Not Home by Aurelien Maillard and Edward Sanders. This is not home is a chance encounter between two artists who live and work on either side of the Channel. Rather than explicitly stating a common ground of investigation, Edward Sanders and Aurélien Maillard instinctively chose to overcome cultural and linguistic barriers by offering a small collection of objects whose juxtaposition induces the visitor to search, by reflex, for links of uses and meanings.

June 2019: An Active Ghost curated by Theresa Kneppers. Presenting new photographs by the artist, David Christian, the project takes inspiration from the history of Folkestone as a former shipping port, ferry terminal, and trade centre; and considers its current and past roles as a portal to Europe and beyond.

December 2017: El Futuro Es Nuestro by Jaša. The outcome of Jaša’s cultural exchange residency in Chile, which culminated in a two day participatory action and intervention in a rural school in Maria Pinot. It took the form of collaborative workshops and a collective mural creation that involved over 70 people.