The Autumn School of Curating, 4th edition

«.../and/and/and/and/and/and/… : towards a manifesto of synchronicity»
Course leader: Philippe Van Cauteren
The Autumn School of Curating is an engaging seven-day seminar led by Philippe Van Cauteren, aiming to give young curators access to an international platform for dialogue, knowledge exchange and learning.
The seminar is free of charge and open to international candidates.

This year’s edition includes working sessions with Philippe Van Cauteren, public talks, as well as meetings and lectures with artists, curators and other guests, studio visits and exhibition tours in both cities: Cluj-Napoca and Timișoara, Romania.


“More than ever one can sense that the world and the art world is in an enormous flux. We seem to leave the past histories behind in order to construct the past of the future to come. The synchronicity of events and problems with which one is supposedly directly or indirectly faced, asks for a different mode of acting and thinking. And it matters which ideas we think in order to think other ideas. The 4th Autumn School of Curating will be a collective experience, one in which every participant takes part in order to make this encounter a tangible event. Through talks and discussions we’ll construct towards the end of the school the manifesto of synchronicity, a tool for action, a first chapter for different (plural) ways of thinking. The manifesto of synchronicity could be a catalogue of an exhibition to come, a guideline, a poem, an instruction,….a tool for future use.”
Philippe Van Cauteren

Leader of the school

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Philippe Van Cauteren

Philippe Van Cauteren (born in Zele, 1969) is director of S.M.A.K. (Museum for Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium). He studied sociology and art history at the University of Ghent. On the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale he co-curated the exhibition ‘Cripplewood’ with the work of Berlinde De Bruyckere for the Belgian Pavilion. In 2015, the Ruya Foundation commissioned him to curate the Iraqi Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale. On the invitation of the Siddartha Arts Foundation, he curated the exhibition ‘My City, My Studio / My City, My Life’ for the Kathmandu Triennial in 2017. In the same year he made an exhibition with a selection from the Barjeel Art Collection for the Institut du Monder Arabe in Paris. Philippe Van Cauteren published the book ‘Letters to Artists’, a compilation of letters he has been writing to artists for the past 15 years.

The Autumn School of Curating is free of charge and open to international candidates

About the organizers

Art Encounters Foundation is an independent cultural initiative, founded in 2015, oriented towards supporting the contemporary art scene in Romania. The Foundation’s activities follow three main directions: organizing the Art Encounters Biennial and the permanent exhibitions program, fostering education and audience development through public programs and developing a solid series of artistic and curatorial residencies. The vision of the Art Encounters Foundation is to become a meeting point for people, ideas, cultures, communities, and to create an open platform for contemporary art in connection with both the city of Timișoara and the global art scene. The public is encouraged to explore the field of art and to engage in a permanent knowledge exchange.
The European Centre of Contemporary Art (ECCA)
ECCA is the future European Centre for Contemporary Art in Cluj-Napoca, dedicated to researching and promoting artistic processes and works in the fields of visual arts, performing arts and media arts. The project commits to accompany all segments of the public in a journey dedicated to critically exploring and actively involving the contemporary art practice as a model of knowledge production. ECCA is part of Cluj Cultural Center, a non-governmental organization for culture and sustainable development, which believes that culture makes cities present and human. Their mission is to mobilize culture for social transformation and sustainable development.

This project is financed by the Ministry of Culture and co-financed by the Municipality of Timișoara through the Center for Projects.



25.09 | Networking event

26.09 | Opening Public Talk

26-27.09 | Working sessions

28.09 | Travel Cluj → Timișoara


29-30.09 | Working sessions

30.09 | Closing Public talk

30.09 | Networking event

Fees and other costs

There is no admission fee and no participation fee.
Travel from Cluj to Timișoara will be provided by the organizers.
Transportation,accommodation, as well as costs related to food should be arranged individually by participants. The organizers can provide suggestions and can mediate reservations if needed.

Target participants
If you are a young professional in the field of curating and/or writing, with at least 3 years’ experience, you are the perfect candidate.

For the programme in Cluj, we can provide accommodation for participants in student dormitories thanks to a partnership with Babeș-Bolyai University. The rooms are located in Residency Hall 17 in Hașdeu StudentComplex (45 B.P. Haşdeu Street) and are mixed-use, with two beds and a bathroom per room. Kitchen is only shared by a whole floor but no kitchen tools are provided. Price for the 3 nights of accommodation (25th to 28th of September) is approximately 20 euros.

Registration period

August 11 – September 2, 2022
The selected participants will be announced by September 6, 2022

The courses will be held in English.
How to apply

In order to apply, please fill in this online form with your details, a motivation letter and a narrative biography, stating your interest in the topic of the Autumn School of Curating.
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The Autumn School of Curating is free of charge and open to international candidates. The courses will be held in English. Availability for the entire course is required. For any inquiries about the program, please write to us at ecca@cccluj.ro.

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