Call for African contemporary art curators to attend CIMAM 2023!

5 May 2023

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Casa Esment, Palma.

Are you a curator of modern or contemporary art from Africa willing to develop your professional skills by attending the CIMAM Annual Conference?

Apply for a Travel Grant supported by Mercedes Vilardell, Getty Foundation and Eloisa Haundenschild.

CIMAM offers around 6 travel grants to African professionals funded by Mercedes Vilardell, Getty Foundation, and Eloisa Haundenschild to support the attendance of contemporary art curators, directors, and museum professionals from all around the world at CIMAM’s 2023 Annual Conference titled "The Co-Creative Museum: Social Agency, Ethics, and Heritage" will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 9 to 11 November 2023.


Grants are addressed to modern and contemporary art museum directors and curators in need of financial help to attend CIMAM’s Annual Conference. Researchers and independent curators whose field of research and specialization is contemporary art theory, collections, and museums, and most of their field of professional activity is related to the functions of an art museum, are also eligible.

Applicants should not be involved in any kind of commercial or for-profit activity.

While professionals of all career levels are encouraged to apply, priority is given to junior directors and curators (with less than 10 years of experience). Candidates who have previously received CIMAM grants from the same grant contributor may only be considered for a new grant after 3 years since the previous grant was awarded – unless the grant received was online. In that case, they are eligible to apply again.

Awarded candidates benefit from unique networking opportunities through interaction and exchange with international museum directors and peers. Travel grantees become Members of CIMAM for the term they have been awarded.

The deadline to apply is June 11 at 00:00 hrs. CEST.

Apply HERE

Purpose of the grant

The aim of the grant is to allow successful candidates to attend the CIMAM 2023 Annual Conference and access not only the speaker presentations but also all the activities scheduled during the 3-day conference such as the networking and workshops sessions, and the visits to the main contemporary art exhibitions in Buenos Aires.

The support will cover the following:

  • Conference registration includes access to all conference sessions, lunches, dinners, refreshment breaks, access to organized visits, and coach service to and from planned visits during the 3 conference days.
  • Travel expenses (round trip economy flight).
  • Four-night accommodation in one of the hotels recommended by CIMAM (except for grants funded by Arthaus).
  • CIMAM membership for the period awarded.

Funds do not cover transportation to/from the airport, visa expenses, travel insurance, and registration for the optional conference tours.

The distribution of funds is set on a case-by-case basis for each recipient. CIMAM books and pre-pays all expenses directly (travel and accommodation) avoiding reimbursements to any grantee.

Application Process

Candidates are invited to complete an online application form and include a CV and short résumé, a motivation statement, and two letters of recommendation o email messages in support of the candidates should be issued by museum professionals or scholars who are familiar with your work and/or qualifications.

Current Members of CIMAM (2023-25) are exempt from providing 2 letters of recommendation, but the names and contact details of 2 referees.

If you have any questions about your membership status please email us before submitting your application to Susana Carnicero at (

Mercedes Vilardell, London/Mallorca

Mercedes Vilardell March

Mercedes Vilardell is Chair of Tate’s African Acquisitions Committee, Member of the African Acquisitions Committee at the Centre Pompidou, Member of the Executive Commission of the Reina Sofia Foundation, Board member of The Showroom in London; and Member of the executive committee of Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

In addition to supporting Gasworks with an artist residency, she also supports Delfina Foundation, Chisenhale Gallery, and one student a year from the African continent at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Mercedes is also a sponsor for the Bamako Encounters, Mali, and the Lubumbashi Biennale, Congo.

The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles

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Getty Center, [copyright] J. Paul Getty Trust

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, the Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect. The CIMAM travel grants are made possible with support from the Getty Foundation through its Connecting Professionals/Sharing Expertise initiative.


Eloisa Haudenschild, United States

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Press Conference. Shanghai Art Museum

In 2003, Eloisa Haudenschild founded the haudenschildGarage that works with artists through international and regional projects and commissions to present symposia, lectures, and film screenings to the public. A series of artist residencies introduced numerous young Chinese artists to the U.S. for the first time.

Her Latin American collection began in the early 1990s due in large part to Eloisa’s involvement with inSite, a binational initiative. As inSite’s President since 1997, Eloisa continues to work closely with significant Latin American curators and artists.

On February 14, 2023, The Haudenschild Collection opened at the Hammer Museum with the exhibition: Cruel Youth Diary: Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection.