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apexart :: Franchise Program


Since 2009, apexart has been hosting Franchise Exhibitions around the world. Started to address the boundaries of art and business, the Franchise Program has since presented over 20 exhibitions in 15 different countries and 4 states, each exploring an idea specific to the location. We encourage you to submit a proposal for the next season. This year, four winners will be the director, curator, and/or staff of their own month-long apexart Franchise with a budget, a salary, and almost complete control of the project's development. apexart provides the funding along with the necessary guidance and administrative support to make the curated exhibition happen. The Franchise is an opportunity to help bring an idea to fruition in a new place and to illustrate that the center of the world is wherever you are.
  • Submit your proposal for an idea-driven, group exhibition to be presented anywhere in the world – outside of New York City.
  • Submissions are 500 words outlining your idea, where it will take place, and why the idea and location are connected.
  • Proposals for the 2016-17 season were accepted from February 1 - 29, 2016 (now closed).

  • No previous experience required.
  • All exhibitions must include the work of at least three artists.
  • apexart provides a budget of up to $6,000 for travel, shipping, artist honorariums, and installation expenses.
  • apexart provides a location rental budget of up to $2,000 and an additional curatorial honorarium of $2,000.
  • Artists do not need to be confirmed before you apply.
  • Please note that apexart is NOT a funding organization and exhibitions are part of apexart's regular programming. Curators are expected and challenged to work within the funding limitations provided to produce a small but noteworthy exhibition.
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Read past winning proposals

View results/ranking of 2016-17 Franchise Program submissions

See list of 2016-17 judges

Tarrafal, Cape Verde
A Glimmer of Freedom
Submitted by: Marzia Bruno
Using site-specific installations and land art, this exhibition explores the history of an abandoned prison that held political prisoners during the 20th century.

Thiaroye, Senegal
Guis Sou Me Le Mbao (I Do Not See You at Mbao)
Submitted by: Claude Gomis and Saskia Köbschall
The commemoration of the 1944 massacre of Tirailleurs Sénégalais (African soldiers conscripted by the French army) inspires this exhibition’s reflections on (post-)colonial politics of memory and the persistence of racial and economic injustice.

Tbilisi, Georgia
Illegal Kosmonavtika
Submitted by: Magda Guruli and Mariam Natroshvili
Through workshops, a zine, and artworks, this project resurrects and examines Soviet Cosmonautics for the generations that came of age after its decline in 1991.

Berlin, Germany
"Bad-ass" Kurdish "Warrior-Divas"
Submitted by: Shawna Vesco and Anne Wheeler
This exhibition troubles the representation and reception of the all-woman Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Western media and offers views of these women in their diversity: as mothers, friends, prisoners, leaders, protesters, and more.

    2016-17 Franchise Results

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