Since 1994 de Appel arts centre has been organizing its ten month long Curatorial Programme, initiated by Saskia Bos. The programme offers promising international curators a concise package of skills, experiences and expertise, to be used as resources for nurturing their further professional development and career. The programme culminates in a final project to be curated collectively by the participants. In past years final projects have taken shape as festivals, radio broadcasts, performance programmes and exhibitions. Many participants in the programme now occupy important positions, among them Defne Ayas (director, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam), Nikita Yingqian Cai (curator, Guangdong Times Museum, China), Annie Fletcher (curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven), Adam Szymczyk (director, Documenta 14), and Tobias Berger (curator, Museum M+, Hong Kong).