Towards Collaborative Curating is a complex and multi-stage project which involves networking between several partner institutions – AICA-Armenia, Critical Spaces group within the University of Plymouth, UK, AICA-Macedonia, Beral Madra Centre for Contemporary Art in Istanbul, SCCA-Alma-Aty in Kazakhstan, SCCA-Ljubljana, Slovenia and Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt. The partnership involves curriculum development for art management and curatorial studies in the countries of partner institutions, organization of seminars and workshops, networking and publication of critical texts.
The main component of collaboration is the Summer Seminars' project, which started in 2006 with AICA-Armenia (then National Association for Art Critics) acting as a leading partner with SCCA-Ljubljana, SCCA-Alma-Aty and BM Center for Contemporary Art in Istanbul. The program brings together practicing curators from former Soviet Republics, Eastern European and EU countries and the Middle East in a series of lectures, seminars and practical workshops that aim towards critical knowledge production, networking and cooperation. The program also seeks to research and develop alternative methods and models for contemporary art education in the respective contexts of partner institutions. We also facilitate the Summer Seminars’ Program’s alumni networking initiatives as well as an annual meeting between the partner institutions.