Dhaka Art Summit


OPEN CALL: Join the Art Mediation Team for the Dhaka Art Summit 2018


In partnership with Swiss Arts Council Prohelvetia, New Delhi and the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Art, the Samdani Art Foundation is looking for art enthusiasts to work as Art Mediators during the Dhaka Art Summit 2018.

Art Mediation intends to widen access to art for different audiences, especially those not very familiar with art. Recently invented mediation formats break with the traditional idea of art mediation where experts explain the arts. Recent strategies and tools have become much more diverse and have created valuable new approaches towards the arts by e.g. let layman guide people through the exhibitions using their words when explaining the art works or reconceptualise guided tours as discussions among peers.

The DAS 2018 Mediation Programme will introduce the concept of art mediation to the participants via practical exercises as well as with reference to theoretical reflections. Through a series of trainings and workshops, Art Mediators will be equipped with the necessary competences to develop site-specific art mediation tools and prepare them for using them to maximise audience engagement during DAS 2018. This will be an opportunity for the art enthusiasts to develop professional skills, working alongside international curators and art professionals. After the completion of the full programme, each participant will be given certificate of attendance.

First Mediator Training Workshop

Dates: 2nd – 7th October 2017       

Venue: National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, 14/3, Segun Bagicha, Dhaka

Each selected Mediator will be required to attend a week-long intensive workshop conducted by Rachel Mader (Head of Competence Center Art, Design and Public Spheres, Lucerne/Bern University), Lena Eriksson (Artist, Lecturer) and the Dhaka Art Summit 2018 curatorial team to fully equip each member of the Mediation team with all the tools they will need to fully engage with visitors during DAS 2018.

Second Mediator Training Workshop

Dates: January 2018, exact dates TBC          

Venue: National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, 14/3, Segun Bagicha, Dhaka

To help equip all Mediators will all of the tools they need to interact with DAS’s visitors, a shorter day-long follow on workshop will be organised in January 2018.  This will be an opportunity to familiarise all Mediators with DAS 2018’s exhibition concepts and content.  During this workshop, each Mediator will be assigned a selection of three exhibitions in which they will be stationed, on rotation, during DAS 2018. 

During the Dhaka Art Summit 2018

Dates: 29th January – 10th February 2018   

Venue: National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, 14/3, Segun Bagicha, Dhaka

The Mediators will be working with the curators, artists and the curatorial production teams helping them to understand the process of exhibition making ahead of the DAS.  During DAS, Art Mediators will be responsible for interacting with visitors.  During DAS 2018’s nine-day duration, Art Mediators will need to be present for each day for one shift.   

Participant Requirements: 

  • You must be enthusiastic about art
  • You must be over the age of 22
  • You need to be hard working and flexible
  • You need to be a good communicator and be comfortable engaging with other people
  • If selected you will need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to confirm your commitment to engaging fully with the programme on the above times and dates

To apply, please download the application form, and complete in full, explaining your motivation for becoming an Art Mediator, and send, along with a copy of your CV to -  apply@samdani.com.bd - by 24th September 2017. 

Download Application Form