Curatorial Programme
Curatorial Programme

Each year, up to 6 CP participants, chosen by a jury of distinguished practitioners, join a network of alumni and advisors who continue to transform the social life of art. People of various backgrounds or formations are encouraged to bring their knowhow and experience to the table. They must be as ready to learn from each other as they are from the invited advisors and mentors they will meet along the way.

Over the last 27 years, CP alumni have gone on to lead and to found world-renowned and locally grounded initiatives; many have made strides as curators of biennials and signature exhibitions, and as the artistic directors of the last and the next editions of documenta. De Appel’s CP now aims to nurture a new generation of cultural practitioners who are allies of artists and builders of institutions and communities. At stake is the role of art as a space and time to pose vital questions — to pause, to reflect, and to participate meaningfully in processes of profound social change. Defending such a space-time for a broader public sphere takes great resourcefulness and organizational agility. It also involves imagination, wisdom and joy.

*The 28th session of de Appel's Curatorial Programme (CP) will run from January until November 2023. The application procedure took place from February to March 2022. We will announce the Open Call for the 29th session of the CP via our website, newsletter and social media channels. For further information please contact CP Coordinator Maria Nolla. *

application procedure

Please use the application form and send your application to CP Coordinator Liza Nijhuis before the deadline. Based upon the submitted documents twelve candidates will be shortlisted. The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the international jury at the end of March/beginning of April and up to six participants will be selected and informed promptly.

Only completed applications will be considered. Applicants who are not selected for an interview will receive an official letter by email. Due to the large amount of applications, there will be no further correspondence about the results.

tuition fee

The tuition fee for the Curatorial Programme is 7.500 EUR.

All workshops, sessions, advisors, excursions and costs related to research for curricular activities are covered by de Appel. De Appel also provides a budget to realize each session’s final outcome (the format of this public presentation is determined collectively).

visa & health insurance

Non-European citizens need to apply for a temporary resident permit (student visa). More information can be found on the website of the IND, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service of the Ministry of Security and Justice. The costs for a temporary resident permit for the duration of the programme are 174 EUR. In order to be eligible for the residency permit, a single person should have a monthly minimum budget of 870 EUR throughout their stay in the Netherlands. Any person living in the Netherlands must have health insurance from a Dutch insurance company. The costs is approx. 110 EUR per month.


Participants of the Curatorial Programme are required to live within daily access to Amsterdam during the programme year. To secure housing in Amsterdam you are advised to budget between 700 and 900 EUR for monthly rent. While ultimate responsibility for housing rests with each participant, the Coordinator is able to advise on options.

financial assistance

Participants are eligible for various forms of financial assistance to cover tuition fees and in certain cases living expenses.

We encourage you to inform yourself about opportunities particular to your region and specific needs.

Although de Appel cannot grant stipends, we help selected participants with locating funding opportunities.

For help with identifying private and government grants which may be applicable to you, please contact CP Coordinator Liza Nijhuis.

academic and professional requirements

The Curatorial Programme of de Appel is a post-graduate course. Curators, artists and cultural practitioners of diverse backgrounds may apply provided that they have proven experience within a graduate level academic environment and professional reference testifying to their ability to work within a public art institution.

time commitment

The de Appel Curatorial Programme is a full-time course of study.

It requires participants to commit fully, meaning any external employment, initiatives, writing engagements, participation on committees and activities to be done outside the free days Summer Break (last two weeks of July) requires approval in writing by the CP Coordinator.

And provides

10 contact hours with catalyst mentor (development of final outcome including a signature commission)
160 contact hours of seminars and workshops
80 contact hours of mentorship for individual research
24 days of research travel per week (on average)
80 hours of orientation within the cultural ecology of Amsterdam and the region (this includes evening hours)
20 studio of visits per week (on average)
2 institutional visits per week (on average)

submitting a complaint


Submitting feedback

Feedback should be submitted in writing, with a clear motivation and signed by the person submitting it. The feedback should be submitted to the Coordinator of the Curatorial Programme, Liza Nijhuis: liza [​at​], Schipluidenlaan 12, 1062 HE, Amsterdam.

Clearly state your name, date, subject / topic and brief description of the feedback.

Handling of the feedback

All feedback will be responded to by the Coordinator and or the director of de Appel within 14 days.

Complaints will be dealt with within set deadlines. Upon receipt of complaint, de Appel will conduct an investigation and respond within 2 weeks. If more time is required for the investigation this will be specified before the two week investigation period concludes. The qualified team members to receive the complaint include the CP coordinator and one of the members of the direction.

If needed, within 2 weeks the Coordinator will give the person submitting feedback the chance to further elaborate on their feedback. After such a meeting, there will be a moment to evaluate if further steps are needed. If the outcome is not satisfactory, the person giving feedback can decide to file a complaint.

We are committed to a robust conflict resolution process in order to foster a nourishing space. If you have any issues or concerns, please be aware of our process as follows:

1. DIY: If comfortable to do so, we strongly encourage all parties involved to speak to one another directly - where safe and appropriate - as we have found that issues can often be resolved this way. If this approach is not possible, any issues or concerns can be dealt with in the following ways:

2. An informal complaint: involves a written statement sent to the directors. An informal complaint will be taken seriously but does not involve an official investigation unless the matter is deemed to be serious and/or criminal.

3. A formal complaint: a formal complaint is investigated through and engages the complainant directly. A formal complaint often engages external consultants and mediators. The decision of is binding for the Appel and any consequences will be dealt with within 2 weeks.

4. Mediation: This facilitated type of conflict resolution involves an objective third party. If mediation is deemed to be the appropriate process, a discussion occurs with someone from our staff and/or board in conjunction with the affected parties to select an appropriate trained mediator. Mediation may take the form of a transformative justice process, reconciliatory meeting(s), a facilitated conversation etc.

All complaints will be registered and kept on file for five years, and no longer, unless they are explicitly withdrawn, in writing. Complaints received after one month following the conclusion of the Curatorial Programme course cannot be processed by de Appel.

de Appel’s Curatorial Programme is supported by the Stichting Hartwig Foundation.