International Call for Travel Grant Applications
Travel grants to attend the CIMAM 2023 Annual Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 9–11 November.
- The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles
- ArtHaus, Buenos Aires
- Aimée Labarrere de Servitje, Mexico
- Byucksan Cultural Foundation, Seoul
- Eloisa Haudenschild, United States
- Embassy of Brazil, Buenos Aires
- Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Manila
- Mercedes Vilardell, London/Mallorca
- OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo
- Saastamoinen Foundation, Helsinki
- SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, Istanbul
- Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka
- Spanish professionals, Spain
CIMAM is pleased to offer over 50 travel grants to support the attendance of modern and contemporary art curators, directors, and museum professionals at CIMAM’s 2023 Annual Conference titled "The Co-Creative Museum: Social Agency, Ethics, and Heritage" from 9 to 11 November 2023 hosted by the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina, the first Conference to offer simultaneous translation to and from Spanish.
The CIMAM Travel Grant Program aims to support the curatorial and research development of applicants through their attendance at the Annual Conference where the most current concerns on contemporary art practices are being discussed.
Grants are addressed to modern and contemporary art museum directors and curators, researchers, and independent curators whose field of research and specialization is contemporary art theory, collections, and museums.
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 Sunday 11 June at 0:00 hrs. CEST.
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.
Read carefully the list of eligible countries and criteria before submitting your application:
The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles
Supports around 15 professionals residing in countries with Emerging Market and Developing Economies according to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook. Professionals from Iran, North Korea, Syria, Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Cuba are not eligible due to US restrictions.
ArtHaus, Buenos Aires
Supports over 20 modern and contemporary art museum directors and curators and related museum professionals, and independent curators residing in Argentina. Please read here for information on grants for Argentine professionals. Lea aquí información sobre el objeto y condiciones de estas ayudas.
Aimée Labarrere de Servitje, Mexico
Supports modern and contemporary art curators, directors, and museum professionals residing in Mexico.
Byucksan Foundation, Seoul
Supports professionals residing in the Northeast Asia region (Republic of Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mongolia).
Eloisa Haudenschild, United States
Supports professionals residing in countries with Emerging Market and Developing Economies according to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook.
Embassy of Brazil, Buenos Aires
Supports around 3 Brazilian curators residing in Brazil.
Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Philippines
Supports modern and contemporary art curators, directors, and museum professionals residing in the Philippines.
Mercedes Vilardell March, London/Mallorca
Supports professionals residing in the African continent who are not necessarily affiliated with a museum.
OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo
Supports Norwegian and Norway-based curators working within contemporary art. Priority will be given to independent and/or young and establishing curators.
Saastamoinen Foundation, Helsinki
Supports Finish curators working within modern and contemporary art.
SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, Istanbul
Supports professionals residing in Turkey or Turkish passport holders residing elsewhere.
Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka
Supports modern and contemporary art curators, directors, and museum professionals residing in countries of the South Asian region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).
Spanish professionals, Spain
Addressed to directors, curators, and professionals of modern and contemporary art museums as well as independent curators residing in Spain.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Travel grant applications are evaluated and conferred by CIMAM’s Travel Grant Committee, composed of members of the CIMAM Board, and the travel grant funder.
Grants are conferred based on the assessment of the candidate’s genuine financial need, the potential benefit to his/her development and/or research, and the relevance of field experience in relation to the objectives of CIMAM.
When accepting the grant, each successful candidate should submit an online acceptance form to provide their travel details and agree to the grant’s Terms and Conditions.
Planning Your Trip to Buenos Aires
The 55th CIMAM Annual Conference’s presentations and debates will be held in the mornings in the Auditorium at the Museo Moderno and will include ample time for participation and collective conversations. For the first time, simultaneous translation to and from Spanish and a crèche for children will be offered during the morning sessions. During the afternoon and evening sessions, a rich programme of visits will enable attendees to experience first-hand the vastness of Argentina’s truly diverse and multi-disciplinary art scene, involving not only the visual arts but literature, theatre, film, dance and experimental music.
On Day 1, we will visit the booming Southern Art District; on Day 2, we will attend the various museums along Museum Mile; while Day 3 is being designed to offer tailor-made customized visits and rendezvous for each of the 200+ professionals attending.
Should you be willing to stay a few further days in Buenos Aires, all professionals and artists preparing exhibitions and projects at local museums and institutions, foundations, galleries, art spaces and residency programs, would be honored. The art scene in Buenos Aires is vast and there will be a spectacular offer of art both historical and contemporary and truly multidisciplinary. Should you wish to consider a longer stay during this beautiful time of the year – it will be the heart of springtime in November! – the team at Museo Moderno will be happy to assist you. In that case, please do not hesitate to contact Larisa Zmud for references concerning artistic practices and exhibitions on view and Diego Ríos for guidance concerning travel dates and residence during the extra days at email@example.com.