Regional programme of residencies, meetings and trainings in contemporary curatorial practices


September 21, 2017

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Madrassa is a program of residencies, meetings and trainings in contemporary curatorial practices for the North Africa and Middle East region, and the first of its kind.


Madrassa targets students nearing the end of their studies and young professionals with experience of working for museums, universities, research centres, galleries, associations, reviews and independent art spaces and based in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania, Libya, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Lebanon.


The participants, selected through a call for applications, benefit from a week seminar in Casablanca, including training sessions, workshops, meetings, visits and practical sessions towards the development of their personal and collective projects, which are subsequently proposed to various international partner institutions. Thus having formed a network, the group proceed to follow each other’s progress and share their resources and experiences, over the course of a year.


On completion of the seminar, groups of 2 trainee curators are invited to complete a month’s residency at one of Madrassa’s partners - art spaces in Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Jordan, where they are tasked with designing and producing an exhibition or artistic project (reading, performance, screening) in collaboration with local actors and with the supervision of an experienced curator.


The pilot Madrassa session took place in October 2015 in Casablanca, bringing together 15 participants from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Cameroon, and more than 12 international instructors, with the support of the Arab Fund for Art and Culture, Goethe Institut Maroc, Institut Français and Art Moves Africa.


The second Madrassa session is scheduled for late 2017.

Madrassa is a programme of curatorial research and practice in contemporary art. It is one of the first of its kind in the region. The programme strives to educate and connect a community of young arts professionals through training and networking opportunities.

Contact :


Madrassa 2 (2017)

Training workshop in Casablanca, 25 to 29 September, 2017

Curatorial residencies in Alexandria, Amman, Algiers or Casablanca (1 to 10 October, 2017)


Deadline : 5 may2017

Document to download (in english)


Le programme Madrassa reçoit également le soutien de :

Exhibition, Kunsthal Aarhus


2016, Denmark


The curatorial collective Madrassa, born out of the Madrassa training in curatorial practices (2015), has been selected following a call for proposals from Kunsthal Aarhus (Denmark) for an exhibition on collective practices from June to September 2016. 



Madrassa 1 (2015)


5-9 October 2015, Casablanca


Modules including trainings, encounters, visits, presentations, case studies and practical workshops run by regional and international professionals, to collectively engage with contemporary curatorial practices.