BLOCKFREI - Association for Culture and Communication

General information

Brief description of organisation

BLOCKFREI is an independent cultural organization founded in 2013 in Vienna. It is conceived as a platform for innovative cultural praxis with the goal to support the co-operation between cultural groups from Austria and other countries around the globe, with a special emphasis on South-Eastern Europe. Furthermore, considering that national groups from the mentioned region form a significant part of the Austrian society today and the great importance of the current and future interaction between the two, BLOCKFREI is aiming to contribute to the higher visibility of immigrant cultural and art production which is undoubtedly embedding itself into Austrian cultural landscape.

After successfully carrying out projects Curators´ Agenda: VIENNA (2017, 1016, 2015) and Curator´s Connection (2013), BLOCKFREI is announcing a new open call for the fifth edition of the program Curators´ Agenda: VIENNA 2018, a six-week curators-in-residence program. Envisioned as an intensive residency for international, emerging curators from all around the globe, the program is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of the contemporary Viennese art scene, as well as to establish a network among its partakers.

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Brief description of residency program

Curators’ Agenda: VIENNA 2018
Residency program for international, emerging curators

Duration: 17. September – 29. October 2018
Location: Vienna, Austria
Application deadline: 8. July 2018

•Want to gain first-hand curatorial practice in one of the most vibrant art hubs in Europe?
•Looking to improve your curating skills in a highly international setting?
•Motivated to connect with notable agents of the Viennese contemporary art scene?

Curators’ Agenda: VIENNA 2018 (C’A) aims to answer your specific professional aspirations and to provide you with unique first-hand curatorial experience during a 6-week residency program in Vienna.
C´A offers:

- in-depth knowledge of the Viennese contemporary art scene
- a platform for cultural exchange and collaboration with representatives of the Viennese contemporary art community
- opportunities for individual knowledge expansion and interpersonal connections
- a unique opportunity for implementing the “lessons learned” by organising of a mutual group show

For whom is the C’A designed?

Emerging curators from all around the globe, who seek to discover the Viennese contemporary art scene in-depth and to gain practical experience in curating.
C’A program: 

Talks, lectures, studio visits, meetings with curators and cultural educators from leading institutions, off-spaces as well as with freelance operators and entrepreneurs in the field of contemporary art.

By organising a mutual group exhibition with students from the University of Applied Arts Vienna as the final part of the program, the C´A participants will also be provided with know-how modules and workshops related to exhibition management and production.

The participants will receive the certificate of the C´A program completion after finishing the residency. 

C’A application:

Up to 10 applicants will be selected to take part in the C’A program. Working language is English.
Please send us your CV (one A4 page) and letter of motivation (one A4 page) with emphasized special field of interest by 8. July 2018 to

Selected participants will be notified several days after the deadline.
C’A program fee:
The cost of the program is EUR 1150.
The registration fee is additional EUR 50.

The program fee includes: 
- entry fees for museums and other special events
- workshops and lectures
- production costs of the group exhibition 
- accommodation costs will be partly compensated for each participant for a maximum amount of EUR 500
- travelling costs will be partly compensated for each participant for an amount of up to EUR 250
- local cell phone cards 

Note: Bank fees and wire costs should be covered by the participants. Please take this into account when making a payment. 
Selected participants should make a payment in advance, no later than 15. July 2018. In case of cancellation, all fees are non-refundable. 

All inquiries regarding the program can be directed to
More information about the open call available at:

BLOCKFREI is a member of RESARTIS network.
The program is supported by the city of Vienna, Austrian Federal Chancellery, (Directorate of Arts and Culture - International Cultural Policy).

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Educational Programmes
  • Curatorial
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation


Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time

between 5 and 10

Companions allowed
  • Other

Considering that this residency program is not enabling accommodation facilities, selected applicants, according to their needs and possibilities, should independently choose their place of staying. Therefore, it is participants´ decision.

Grants available

Curators’ Agenda program is not in the position to offer grants. However, in order to lower down the costs of the program, BLOCKFREI obtained a grant from the Austrian Federal Chancellery which enabled partial reimbursement of the accommodation (up to EUR 500) and travelling costs (up to EUR 250). The rest of the expenses of the programme will be paid by the participants.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Other

Partial accommodation and partial travelling costs, as well other individual costs are paid by the participant. Registration fee is EUR 50. Costs of this program are EUR 1150 and should be paid in advance, after the selection list is announced

Expectations of the artist
  • Exhibition
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Supplies
Application who/how

Open Call

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Exhibition at end of Residency

Description of residency


Urban- Selected participants will have an intensive six- week program during which, most of the activities will be held in the urban environment of the city of Vienna.

  • Internet Connection
  • Office
  • Activities of Curators´ Agenda program will take place at different locations in the city of Vienna: museums, galleries, artist run spaces, etc.
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions
Contact information

BLOCKFREI - Association for Culture and Communication

Phone: +436602806045

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