September 22 – 25, 2016

Lucera (FG), Italy

Applications due August 20, 2016

Vessel is pleased to announce the 2016 International Curatorial Workshop, which will take place September 22 – 25 in and around Capitanata, Italy.

After the last edition of our self-organized ICW, developed in collaboration with the Curatorial Practice Program at MADA (Monash Art Design and Architecture) and dedicated to art writing, ICW 2016 reflects upon the rural as a context for the activation of informal learning and research processes through the lens of artistic and curatorial practice.

ICW 2016 aims to produce alternative definitions of the relationship between art and the rural by embracing the social, political and economic dimension of Capitanata – the area where the workshop takes place. Far from representing the rural identity of this territory through a nostalgic approach and through the myth of an exotic slow life, ICW is going to enhance the complexity of this territory and of its histories – from the impact of the fascist territorial plans that have deeply modified the configuration of the area to the new migrant communities that are currently inhabiting it – by activating a dialogue between a multiplicity of viewpoints. Together with the participants and the tutors of ICW as well as some local agents we will discuss and test a number of methodologies (in particular Participatory Action Research) in order to investigate the area and define possible strategies of cooperative cultural action.

ICW will gather together up to 15 international curators, Vessel and some of the most active local citizens. This short course will be comprised of workshops, seminars, open dialogues, presentations and free space for individual and collective reflection immersed in the context of Capitanata.

ICW will be led by tutors Sanne Oorthuizen and Nuno Sacramento, alongside Vessel curatorial team.

Sanne Oorthuizen is a feminist, curator, editor, daughter, educator, partner and translator based in Amsterdam and Yogyakarta. She is currently part of the curatorial team for SONSBEEK ’16: transACTION in Arnhem (with Jakarta based art collective ruangrupa). From October 2016 onwards, she will act as co-Chief Curator at Cemeti Art House (Yogyakarta) proposing to transform Art House into Institute for Art and Society. Sanne is a member of Read-In, a feminist collective that experiments with the political, material, and physical implications and situatedness of (collective) reading. She was curator at Casco-Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht in 2012-2016 and a participant of de Appel Curatorial Program in 2011-2012.

Nuno Sacramento was born in Maputo, Mozambique and now lives and works in the Northeast of Scotland where he is Director of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop. He is a graduate of the deAppel curatorial training programme (2001) and also completed a Doctorate in Visual Arts (2006)  at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. He is currently committed to issues of Deep Mapping, land use and ownership, climate change and the commons, in relation to art practice. He is involved in research, project curation, writing and lecturing.

How to apply

The participation in the International Curatorial Workshop is subject to a payment of 350 €. The amount will cover all the expenses for meals and residency including a shared room at Masseria Sant’Agapito  and 2017 vessel’s membership. Selected applicants will be responsible for travel from their place of residence to Vessel as well as the return trip. The workshop itself is offered free of charge.

The material sent for the application will not be returned.

According to regulation of  ICW, personal data of the applicants is exclusively used for selection procedures and will not be communicated to others.

Interested applicants of any nationality may apply. No study certificate and academic degree required. The course will be delivered in English.

The screen committee for selecting applicants consists of Vessel’s curatorial team composed by Viviana Checchia, Nicoletta Daldanise, and Anna Santomauro.

The application form must be sent to by August, the 20th 2016.

Applicants will be notified of the results in mid-August 2016.

The applications must include:

1. Application form


Last Name:

Date of birth:

Place of birth:



Postal address:



List of studies/work experiences:

(Please attach your detailed resume to this form.)

2. A copy of the most relevant published texts and reports of realized curatorial projects.

3. A motivational statement illustrating the applicant’s interests and explaining the reason for the application (max. 5.000 characters)

4. A short statement describing the case study that would be brought to the workshop (max 1,000 characters)

Vessel is a platform for the development of a critical discourse related to cultural, social, economic and political processes taking place in the South of Italy and in the Euro-Mediterranean area. Vessel is interested in exploring socially engaged practices in relation to their context of emergence, to their geographies and psychogeographies, to their imbrication into fixed political ideologies; Vessel investigates how social imagination could be enhanced and how its concrete products could articulate strategies of critical resistance against the current dominant representation.