Open call: What Could Should Curating Do educational program 2022

Open call:
What Could Should Curating Do educational program 2022
Duration of the program: August to November 2022
Applications for 2022 open now
Deadline for submission: March 30th 2022


WCSCD education program from 2022

From 2022, the WCSCD program will be framed towards a targeted approach to working in the new covid world, finding ways to stay connected, produce knowledge and retain physical encounters as an important part of the program. While the acceleration of online courses and shifting education fully online, gives priority to the upper body, head, eyes and brain, this program will activate the edges of the body, especially our feet, reminding us of the importance of walking together. Walking as way of staying safe, staying outdoors and mobilized, but also as a proposition for creating new paths towards new modes of working based on interdependence, a need that the pandemic reminded us of.

One of the main concerns structuring the new program is the inequality that has been accelerated by the pandemic. Both inequality in economic means, but also in vaccination access, as borders remain closed for many. These markers of inequality also directly reflect who has access to education and equal participation, and on what terms, which is another central concern of the program.

Since the establishment of the program in 2018, we have had an international focus and our mode of working and existing allowed young people from the margins to access the program.

The new program will be structured as follows:
The new educational program format will have its core in Belgrade with online participants


Focus of the program:

The main focus of the program will be thinking and practicing modes of instituting and working within the art field in the new world unfolding in front of us, with questions related to how we can practice being different kinds of humans, starting from the different roles that we embody, including those of artists and curators. The program will have a focus on modes of practicing commons, different ways of coming together based on horizontality and equal participation in sharing resources based on interdependence. The program will have a special emphasis on hands and movement through workshops designed as learning by doing including workshops on vernacular architecture and mud housing in Serbia workshop , among others. It will focus of land and possible future relationship between soil, arts and countryside. We will learn from peers who bravely experiment new modes of being where I can, you can become more that a market as Alexis Pauline Gumbs reminds us.

Invited Lecturing mentors include: Manuel Borja-Villel (Director of Museo Reina Sofía), Massimiliano Mollona (Institute for Radical Imagination), Haynalka Somogyi (OFF Biennial, Hungary), Vladimir Nikolic (Artist, Belgrade), Jelica Jovanovic (Architect Belgrade), Bruce Pascoe (Writer and farmer Australia), Aslihan Demirtas (Architect, Artist, KHORA ) among others.

Lecturing mentors presence will be combination of physical encounter and online. Mentor who will be able to travel to Serbia will be invited to give workshops in Belgrade with public lectures during the duration of the program. Each invited lecturing mentor will spend up to 3 to 5 days in Belgrade.

Through regular meetings participants will be able to share their progress and participate together in workshops by invited mentors. Participants will collectively find ways to present the final outcome of the program in Belgrade but also in their respective local contexts where mentoring happens.


Practical information

  • No prior degrees in art or art history are required in order to apply
  • The course fee is charged according to your country income ( you need to be passport holder of that country)

For lower income countries program fee for 3 months is 400 euros
For lower and middle income countries 3 months program fee is 600 euros
For middle and upper income countries program fee is 1200 euros
Please use this reference for your country income

Payments should be done in advance and could be done in installments if needed

Please note that the fee does not include accommodations or travel costs to Belgrade.  The standard course fee also does not cover travel and accommodations for research trips. Successful applicants should prepare an allowance of approximately 300 EUR to cover these additional costs for research trips. 2022 research trip is planned to Manifesta ( subject to travel restrictions).

How to apply:
Applications should include the following items as a single Word or PDF document, sent by email to with the subject line: Educational program – WCSCD 2022 by March 30, 2022:

  • CV/Portfolio
  • Letter of Interest (500 words maximum, explaining your specific research interests)
  • Describe work or practice that inspired you in last two years ( within 500 words)
  • Where did you find out about the program

Based on the quality of the submitted documents, up to 15 participants will be selected to attend the physical program in Belgrade.

Selected applicants should plan to arrive in Belgrade no later than August 20th 2022. The final list of participants will be announced in the April 2022.


Online program application:

Please send same material as above indicating online program WCSCD
Fee for online program is 300 euros for three months duration of program.



For 2022 WCSCD, two fellowships are made available to program participants:

  • WCSCD provides fellowship for one program participant from Serbia. No payment for program will be required but selected fellow should work twice a week with WCSCD team in its activities around program

Please send letter of interest and your bio.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for online interview.

  • KADIST provides one Curatorial Fellowship for one program participant from the Balkans. No payment for the program will be required but the selected fellow should produce 3-5 short videos with collection artists to be published on social media and curate one screening in the region, under the supervision and mentorship of KADIST and WCSCD.

Please send letter of interest and your bio.with email title Curatorial Fellowship
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for online interview. 

KADIST (Paris/San Francisco) is a nonprofit organization that believe contemporary artists make an important contribution to a progressive society, their work often addressing key issues of our time. KADIST produces programs that often highlight a key issue of today through presenting the voices of artists who respond to the urgent social and political forces of our time.


Introduction of program 2018-2021

WHAT COULD/SHOULD CURATING DO?—WCSCD was initiated and funded in 2018 in Belgrade as an educational platform around notions of the curatorial and is registered as a civic association. Its main activities include an annual program of educational workshops, lectures, and studio visits for young practitioners, of three months duration in Belgrade. The intention is to bring together key international and local figures engaged in curatorial and artistic discourse, who are specifically able to offer important institutional knowledge and networks to the program participants. Through the program, we invite mentors from non-western contexts, local practitioners and also colleagues from the former West.

The program is intensive, with daily programs of workshops, writing sessions, studio visits, and research trips in the region. Some of the research trips we have done so far include: Kosovo, Bosnia, Romania, Slovenia and Austria. At the end of the program the participants are required to present a final public moment in Belgrade that could be an exhibition or a different format, collectively decided.

 Besides closed-door workshops for participants, all invited mentors would present public lectures to the larger cultural sector, sharing their ways of working and instituting.

WCSCD mentors have so far included: Dorothea von Hantelmann (Bard College, Berlin); Antariksa (co-founding member of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia); the Flash Art Magazine editorial team (Flash Art is a bimonthly magazine focused on contemporary art, based in Milan); Elena Filipović (Director of Kunsthalle Basel); Tara McDowell (Director of curatorial practice at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia); Maria Lind (Director of Tensta konsthall, Stockholm); Matt Packer (Director of EVA International); Hou Hanru (Artistic Director of MAXXI Rome, Italy); and What, How & for Whom (a curatorial collective formed in 1999 and based in Zagreb, Croatia), Branislav Dimitrijevic (art historian based in Belgrade), Sinisa Ilic (artist based in Belgrade), Ekaterina Degot (Director and Chief Curator of steirischer herbst), Lisa Rosendahl (Associate Professor of Exhibition Studies at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and Curator of GIBCA—the Gothenburg biennial in 2019 & 2021),  Luca Lo Pinto (Director of MACRO in Rome), Suzana Milevska (curator and a visual culture theorist), Jelena Vesic (independent curator, writer, and lecturer), Xiang Zairong (scholar), Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (independent curator, editor and writer), and ruangrupa (artistic directors of Documenta 15), Lejla Hodzic (art practitioner, Sarajevo).

Advistory group of What Could Should Curating Do are Ares Shporta (Lumbardhi Foundation), Matt Parker ( Eva International), Andrea Palasti (Serbia).


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