Borderland Poetics is looking for project assistants


The project assistant positions are an opportunity for students or recent graduates to gain 1 or 2 month long first-hand work experience and contribute to preparing and producing a major art event. This is a paid opportunity that promotes cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Borderland Poetics, a co-operation programme between Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art, Rupert (centre for arts, residencies and education in Lithuania) and Icelandic Art Center, is inviting emerging art professionals of the region to apply for the 2023 project assistant position. This year, we are looking for 2 assistants to work with the Sequences art festival (Tallinn, Estonia and Reykjavik, Iceland) and one assistant to work at  Rupert (Vilnius, Lithuania).

The Programme offers a scholarship of €2400 and additionally covers return travel expenses for each participant. Accommodation agreements must be made by the participants themselves but the programme will partly cover these expenses depending on the price. The applicant must be willing to work 1 or 2 months in Tallinn, Reykjavik or Vilnius.

The assistant will work closely with an appointed supervisor, supporting them in various responsibilities related to exhibition and event production, management and communication. The training will take place during Autumn 2023.

Application process
Deadline for applications is 14 May 2023 .

Please send your application and specify your preferred location of assisting (for more information about each institution, see below). A jury, consisting of representatives of the partners, will select three applicants, each of whom will work at one institution.

Documents to be submitted before the deadline (in English):
Motivation letter stating the preferred institution and outlining the applicant’s interests in the selected institution/event;
Recommendation letter. We encourage an academic reference or a letter from a previous colleague or superior stating the applicant’s skills and experiences within the field of contemporary art (optional)
Please note that in 2023 we are looking for Icelandic and Estonian applicants.

Higher education (at least BA level) in the field of arts;
Fluent English speaker;
Must be based in or from Estonia or Iceland;
Job experience in the visual arts will be regarded as an advantage.

About the programme
The programme is coordinated by partners of the Borderland Poetics Research Programme – the Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art, The Icelandic Art Centre, Rupert – centre for arts, residencies and education. The Borderland Poetics is a 3-year long network to promote cooperation between Estonian, Icelandic and Lithuanian art scenes. The title is a reference to an exhibition “Border Poetics”, curated by Estonian curator Eha Komissarov in 2018.

The programme is supported by the Nordic Culture Point.…

Additional information:
Kaarin Kivirähk
Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art

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