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La Box curatorial project
Residency France

La Box curatorial project

DEADLINE:31 March 2021

The Ecole nationale supérieure d’art (National School of Art/ENSA) in Bourges is housed in a 17th-century building in the Old Town of Bourges, in central France, two hours from Paris.

The La Box gallery is one of ENSA’s principal teaching tools. Every year it features artists from France and abroad in ten exhibitions relating to the study programme.For more than ten years now the gallery has entrusted part of its planning to young guest curators. Chosen and monitored by the ENSA teaching team, the curators work on experimental programmes involving the active participation of the students, who thus find themselves in close contact with major figures on the contemporary scene and with the realities of drawing up an exhibition project.


  • A freelance curator, a critic or an art collective.
  • The project must fit with the School’s concerns, but there is no predefined exhibition format: it is up to the curator to decide on the mode of presentation, which may take the form of several exhibitions or a single, open-ended one.
  • The curator (or the collective) can also come up with proposals for cooperative ventures with different partners (local, regional and more).


The overall budget for the curatorial project is 25,000 euros. This sum includes production and transport of works, communication and a possible publishing costs, artists’ travel, fees and accommodation costs as well as travel expenses for the curator(s), up to a total of 20,000 euros; plus curator’s expenses up to 5,000 euros.

To encourage regular presence on the part of the curator during the project and its educational segment, La Box offers accommodation for the duration of the mission in an apartment