Borderland Poetics: Open call for project assistants

Borderland Poetics: Open call 2022

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 CCA Estonia, 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 2022 project assistant position. There are three different positions available, one in each institution: CCA (Tallinn, Estonia), Icelandic Art Center (Reykjavik, Iceland) and 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 2022.

Application process

Deadline for applications is 28 June 2022.

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):

• CV;

• 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 we encourage applicants to choose an international project (e.g. Iceland-based applicants are advised to choose either CCA Estonia or Rupert’s public, alternative education and residency programme).


• Higher education (at least BA level) in the field of arts;

• Fluent English speaker;

• Must be based in or from Estonia, Iceland or Lithuania;

• Job experience in the visual arts will be regarded as an advantage.

About the 2022 partner institutions

Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art

CCA is a non-profit expert institution in international cooperation projects with a role to activate and develop Estonian contemporary art scene. CCA is the commissioner of the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. CCA is constantly building connections between Estonian and international art scenes and we host around 30-50 curators, writers and artists in one year, introducing them to Estonian art.

The placement is set to take place in autumn 2022 for two months. The project assistant would be working closely with a team of 5 people and the main tasks would be connected to international projects: travel arrangements, creating programme for the international guests, hosting and arranging studio visits with the artists. While working at CCA, the team helps the assistant to get introduced to the local art scene and to provide insights into the structure of the institution.


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