Open Call – Ways of Attuning: A Curatorial Study Group

Deadline to apply: 15 March 2022
Information session: 2 March 2022

Click here to view an ASL Video Description/Translation of this call.

wave~form~projects in conjunction with Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) is excited to announce the open call for Ways of Attuning: A Curatorial Study Group, set to begin in late spring of 2022. The program is a learner-focused mentoring and study group based in Tkaronto/Toronto that focuses on curatorial strategies and relational methodologies, and aims to create a collaborative learning environment in which everyone is a knowledge-sharing member. While it functions independently and hopes to broaden from academic learning, it remains in conversation with the global contemporary art world. The program operates within the context of race, place, class, ability, sexuality and gender as fundamentally missing components from institutional and academic curatorial programs. Ways of Attuning will unfold as a combination of individual sessions, intensive group gatherings, workshops and conversations with invited guests, providing tangible space and time to create meaningful, robust, and critical frameworks for supporting participant practices.

Guided by these questions, wave~form~projects asks:

In an environment of over-professionalization, depersonalized and disembodied curatorial practice, how do we prioritize value in our relationships, in knowledge sharing, and sustained discourse? How do we nurture curiosity? How do we cultivate encounters that consider our current time, our myriad histories and lineages, and our collective futures? In our creative practice, how do we remain attuned to our contexts, our politics, the places we are located in and dislocated from, and the artists and artworks we are engaging? And finally, how do we engage non-dogmatic and vernacular art histories within the structures of the “art world”?

For this pilot edition, we are seeking applications from curators and cultural practitioners who are interested and invested in developing their practice in a collaborative, experimental, and anti-racist environment. The program will integrate the conceptual, practical, and personal aspects of curatorial practice into the learning process, allowing for imaginative thinking around curatorial possibilities. Participants will have agency in shaping the program according to their desires, and in collaboration with wave~form~projects. Through an understanding of curatorial ethics and responsibilities, the program will encourage decentralized, non-hegemonic and intergenerational participation that welcomes the complexities of collaborative labour.

The mentorship and study phase includes a tailored program featuring:

  1. Individual sessions with wave~form~projects
  2. Individual and shared sessions with guest mentors, established local and international curators and creative practitioners
  3. An intensive weekend of discourse and engagement
  4. A number of workshops focusing on practical skill-building

Each selected participant will develop an exhibition or curatorial project for CDCC’s 2023 program. wave~form~projects will provide support for developing each curator’s project from concept feasibility to production considerations. This will include resources for research and writing, connections to other practitioners, practical strategies for project management and curatorial problem solving. Additionally, CDCC will work with wave~form~projects to provide grant-writing support/workshops to secure funding for exhibition projects, as well as administrative, marketing, communications, outreach and installation.

About wave~form~projects

wave~form~projects is a partnership between curators Liz Ikiriko and Toleen Touq committed to nurturing alternative curatorial practices and pedagogies. Click here to learn more.


2 March 2022: Information session (visit this link for upcoming details)
15 March 2022: Application deadline
April 2022: Results announced
May 2022: Intensive retreat and group sessions
June – August 2022: Individual mentoring sessions and group workshops
Sept – Dec 2022: Project production
Throughout 2023: Projects/exhibitions at CDCC


  • A total of 3 participants will be selected
  • The application process is open to curators of all ages and experiences
  • Priority will be given to underrepresented curators with life experiences of being on the margins, and affinities to a range of cultural practices and references
  • We have budgeted for access needs that include but are not limited to ASL, childcare support, transportation & support workers. The budget is flexible and will be adapted to accommodate the real life needs of those who are selected for the program. We are committed to an ongoing conversation about access. Please get in touch to chat and we can come up with solutions that will best support your participation
  • The program is open to curators based anywhere in Canada, however travel expenses to Toronto are not covered for in-person engagements in May/June or during the install period at CDCC in 2023
  • Applications from current students are not eligible
  • Participation will likely take place in a hybrid manner, with sessions running both in-person and online


  • Honorarium for curatorial study group is $4500/participant
  • Commitment is considered for 7-10 full days of participation from May – August 2022
  • Time and fees have been calculated using CARFAC standards
  • Fees for project/exhibition at CDCC will be fundraised separately


Deadline: 12:00pm on 15 March 2022

Please send the following to:

  1. Name, contact info and place of residence
  2. In one PDF document: (file titled last name_first name_application.pdf):
    ◦  Portfolio of up to 5 relevant works/projects (images, documentation, video links, writing samples, etc.)
    ◦  An expression of interest for joining the program, including bio (250 words max.)
    ◦  A concept note for a curatorial project or exhibition that you would like to develop further (250 words max.)
    ◦  An articulation of a desired session/thematic that you think is important for you within curatorial learning. Include names of curators, collectives, poets, playwrights, writers, dj’s, performers and practitioners of all kinds, and/or exhibitions or art projects, that inspire you and your creative practice (250 words max.)

We welcome non-traditional forms of writing, thinking and presentation. Please use guidelines above to help us assess applications equitably. Questions can be sent to:

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an online interview at the end of March. We will respond to all applicants once selections have been made.

This project is generously funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.