The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia seeks applications for a new program.

Applications close:  Tuesday 4 April, 3pm AEDT

Amount: up to $60,000 stipend

In partnership with the Australia Council, Kluge-Ruhe is offering a residential fellowship in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.  The fellow will curate an exhibition of 60-70 limited edition prints by First Nations Australian artists drawn from the Basil Hall Collection at Kluge-Ruhe. Comprising more than 1500 workshop proofs donated by master printer Basil Hall, the collection encompasses artworks created between 2002 and 2022 by artists from diverse nations throughout Australia.

This fellowship is divided into two residential periods totalling six months with a holiday break in December-January. Research and development will take place over four months between mid-August and mid-December 2023. The fellow will return to Charlottesville for two months in February to March 2024 to oversee installation and implement programs associated with the exhibition.

This schedule aligns with the semesters at the University of Virginia, ensuring that the fellow has access to museum curators, staff, and academic partners throughout the residency. It also allows production time for didactics and the printed catalog prior to the exhibition opening. We are aware that the lead time for this inaugural curatorial fellowship is very short and we are working to lengthen the lead time for future iterations.

The residency will coincide with activities at Kluge-Ruhe including an artist residency (September 2023) and the opening of the major touring exhibition Madayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala in Charlottesville (February 2024). Each of these programs will provide opportunities for the fellow to engage with Indigenous Australian artists visiting the United States.

Kluge-Ruhe is holding a Q&A information session at 11am AEDT on Friday 21 March for people to learn more about the Fellowship. Potential applicants can click here to join this Zoom session.

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