About the Ship

The Curator Ship is a collection of useful articles and materials on contemporary photography and visual arts. It is a personal and subjective choice of the editors. As the project is open for collaboration to everyone, we encourage you to contribute information that you find useful!

Navigation and star maps: Have a look at the menu to the right: The posts are ordered by deadlines (open and closed), by languages, and also by categories.

Your feedback is important to me: If you have any ideas to make the Ship bigger, faster, slimmer, shinier or just more fun, please tell me how.

The idea for the Curator Ship was born in 2008, but it was not much more than a funny Logo for a while. The current haul was built and launched in August of 2010.In the beginning, it had only a few visitors a day. This has changed quite a bit. So, have a walk on the deck and open each and every door, hatch, or bull’s eye.


The Crew:

Captain (and cleaning lady): Moritz Neumüller

First Mates: Claudi Nir, Arcangela Regis, Eufália Cristina Paz de Almeida

Second Mates: Cristina Gomis, Alba Bru

There are still some jobs in the galley and the machine room available, so do not hesitate to let us know if you are interested in the experience. Ex-Pirates welcome.

Please contact us to get your Call published, or leave a comment here, for internal affairs and signing on.

19 Responses “About the Ship” →
  1. Great concept! :-) Duncan

    Duncan Caratacus Clark

    I would like to share with you my free Fine Art Photography Research:


  2. This is great Mr.!!

  3. Hello Moritz,

    Im a photographer and editor of a online magazine in Brazil. How can i send you information about open calls to be published in your blog?

    Thank you!

    • Dear Felipe, I will invite you as a co-author and ordinary seaman on the Ship, so you can post things that are of interest for our readers. Welcome aboard, mate!

    • Felipe,

      I am moving to Brazil this year! (from Los Angeles)
      What is your online magazine called?

  4. Best Curator Ship,
    I would like to send you some information about a Scholarship we’re offering in LENS Escuela de Fotografía y Vídeo (Madrid). Deadline of the call: 30 april 2012.
    You can find all the information on: http://lensfotografia.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/beca-lens-de-fotografia-2012-participa/.
    I can also send you the information in english if needed.
    Best regards,

  5. MORITZ I love THE CONCEPT IS SO CLEAN and its has such of good content …my friends from The Lunch Box Gallery Miami told me about the blog -AMAZING- I am the founder of an art magazine IRREVERSIBLE and art projects (www.irreversiblemagazine.com) I would love for us to partner and exchange info and links to our sites, blogs and everything we could think of…I taget the world and we do huge cultural exchanges…please visit http://www.giantsinthecity.com

    I am sending out a CALL FOR ARTISTS for our COVER DEC 2012 Limited Edition
    how can I post this info?

    thank you and what an excellent idea…congrats FROM Miami!

    • Thank you for the flowers!!

      Just send me the information to moritzbarcelona(at)gmail and we will post it … if it’s worth it ;-)
      Seriously: Please provide the information (and the proposal for collaboration) and we will evaluate it, and then get back to you. And, again, thank you for your kind words! Moritz

  6. Looking forward to following and taking part in the adventures of the Curator Ship.

  7. Hi, Moritz. Thanks for an informative and useful blog…:)

    I am Co-Director of Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program, which was the first low-residency program of its kind when established in the mid-90s. Our program and its activities appeal to anyone interested in interdisciplinary arts praxis and/or education, whether visual, performative or otherwise. Could we somehow get the occasional notice on application deadlines or events posted on your blog? Would be much appreciated.



    • Dear Michael,

      maybe I am mistaken, but your program seems to be an educational program with some days onsite, correct?

      You will understand that we cannot make publicity for your course. Rather, you can send us more information on grants and scholarships for the program, with their respective deadlines, such as the ones you have listed at http://www.goddard.edu/admissions/goddard-scholarships

      Best regards, Moritz


  8. rosalind williams

    December 18, 2013

    I’d like tobe considered for a galley position. I think I can cook up some pretty interesting dishes.
    Congratulations and good luck.

    • Welcome aboard, Rosalind. I cleaned up the galley, as much as I could. Still a lot of empty bottles in the recycling bin (left behind by my cousin, Captain Morgan, the other night) and some dirty dishes in the sink, but a lot better than it used to be. So, when shall we start?

  9. Hola Moritz,

    Nos gustaría informaros de nuestra convocatoria de residencias / espacios de trabajo para artistas, cuya deadline es el próximo 10 de enero. Si pudierais publicar las bases en Curatorship os estaríamos muy agradecidos. Podéis encontrar información aquí:


    Mil gracias!

    Sant Andreu Contemporani

  10. open call for the 21° Course in Curatorial Practice Venice – for more information:



    Conference Name: Photography’s Shifting Terrain: Emerging Histories & New Practices
    Place: New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    Date: March 8-10, 2015

    Language of Papers & Presentations: English

    Conference description:
    Photography’s Shifting Terrain: Emerging Histories & New Practices

    Our understanding of the histories and practices of photography is changing as more and more critical attention is being paid to photographic cultures from outside of Europe and North America, and to new forms and functions emergent in a variety of contemporary social and political contexts and digital formats. This conference will bring together up to forty scholars, photographers, curators and archivists from around the world in order to undertake new explorations of photography’s past and its present.

    Models for global, regional and local histories of photography are being rethought as a growing number of case studies develop our knowledge of previously unexamined or little known traditions as well as individual photographers. New visual vocabularies and practices are being constructed in vernacular, documentary and fine art forms; the same vocabularies and practices can also challenge these very categories and are often characterized by a turn to local histories and mythologies and personal experiences and needs. Emergent nations and cultural groups are using photography to construct their own histories and a sense of shared cultural heritage. At the same time, both photographers and photographs increasingly move between cultures, and the space between the local and the global has become a space of situatedness in its own right.

    Documentary photography has been the object of critique but photography committed to human rights or ‘peace photography’ is thriving – not just in new forms but also through new strategies of intervention. The concern with aesthetics has similarly been out of favor in some quarters but there is also a renewed interest in the relationship of aesthetics and ethics.

    In such contexts, the work of archives, galleries, photo agencies, festivals and other cultural organizations committed to the photographic image is more important than ever, as is the role of visual education. Where there is little state support for photography, such institutions often carry the responsibility for creating, preserving and disseminating photographic culture.

    These are some of the areas and issues the conference aims to examine. The conference will focus in particular on the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. However, work about and from other regions is also welcomed, as are suggestions for other topics.

    We invite both scholarly papers as well as presentations by those working with photography outside the academy.

    The organizers plan to publish a volume of selected papers and presentations.

    In addition, we would like to gather together important and previously un-translated writings on photography from the non-English-speaking world with a view of publishing an anthology in English. We would very much welcome suggestions and contributions in this area.


    Funding & Organization:

    All travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses will be covered for all participants presenting at the conference.

    The conference is funded and hosted by the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute. It is organized in collaboration with the Arab Image Foundation.

    Principal organizers:

    Shamoon Zamir
    Associate Professor of Literature & Visual Studies, NYUAD, and Director of Akkasah: Center for Photography at NYUAD.

    Issam Nassar
    Professor of Middle East History and Member, Arab Image Foundation


    Suggested topics:

    Possible topics for proposals include, but are not limited to:

    • New visual vocabularies in photography
    • Archives & archival practices
    • Alternative histories of photography
    • Photography & human rights / “Peace Photography”
    • Photography and history
    • Photography and aesthetics
    • Cross-cultural encounters & movements
    • Photographic genres, modes and audiences
    • Image & text / the photobook


    Proposal guidelines, submission process & schedule:

    Proposals for papers or presentations, or for panels should provide as much detail as possible but should not exceed 500 words.

    Proposals will be reviewed by the principal organizers and an advisory committee.

    All papers and presentations will be 20 minutes.

    Submit a 500 word abstract and a 150 word biographical note to:
    Özge Calafato
    Proposals should be submitted in the following format:

    Name of the author(s)
    Telephone and e-mail address
    Title of proposal
    Body of proposal

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: October 3, 2014

    You will be notified by November 7, 2014 regarding the status of your proposal.


    Contact & Link:
    For further information on the conference, please contact:

    Shamoon Zamir
    Arts and Humanities, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Details of the conference and the call for papers & presentations are also available at:


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