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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 17 exhibitions in 14 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 will be accepted from February 1 - 29, 2016.

  • 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.

Full list of FAQs

Read past winning proposals

View results from the 2015-16 Franchise Program submissions

See list of 2015-16 judges

December 23, 2015 - Feb 21, 2016
in Istanbul, Turkey

Apricots from Damascus, proposed by Atif Akin & Dilek Winchester, invites artists to prepare survival guides in the form of zines for Syrian refugees in Istanbul, Turkey.

December 5 - 31, 2015
in Copenhagen, Denmark

In Vitro (Studies On Entropy), proposed by Marie Nipper & Peter Amby, engages artists to show works in ten abandoned modernist vitrines in Copenhagen, Denmark’s city center, focusing on transformation and disorder.

June 25 - July 23, 2016
in Hong Kong, China

How to Make Space, proposed byJennifer Davis & Su-Ying Lee, highlights the powerful way in which female migrant workers in Hong Kong, China, use temporary structures to create community.

in Bridgetown, Barbados

Rum Retort, proposed by Tiffany Boyle & Jessica Carden, is an exhibition on the site of a previously-forgotten burial ground for African slaves at Pierhead Docks in Bridgetown, Barbados, drawing attention to the island’s colonial history.
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