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Emerging Curator Mentorship

6 Mar–3 Apr 2023

Blindside invites applications from emerging curators to receive mentorship from an established curator to develop a funded onsite exhibition at Blindside.

Through this exciting initiative the successful applicant will conceive and develop a critical group exhibition across both Blindside galleries. Online platforms may also be activated. The successful applicant will work closely with the mentor to carry out curatorial research, artistic exchange, project management and funding applications. The project will develop over a number of months leading up to the exhibition, with support from both the mentor and additional support from the Blindside Board of Directors and Gallery Coordinator. The successful applicant will present a project that is considerate of context, time and relevance, engages with contemporary curatorial methodologies, and considers various artistic viewpoints.

Applicants are required to submit an application that outlines their proposed project. Please keep in mind that proposals must present an exhibition framework and possible outcomes, including details of a developed project concept and list of artists.

Applications Due midnight Monday 3 April 2023

The successful applicant will receive:
One-on-one mentorship through a series of (online) engagements of up to ten hours.

Support with budget development and project management.

Regular feedback on the curatorial and conceptual development of the project.

Marketing and promotional support.

Project support in the form of venue, online platform and exhibition budget (to be used for artist fees, writers fees, and the production of an accompanying online catalogue).

Support with grant applications for exhibition funding.

Curatorial and professional development advice.

Assistance connecting exhibiting artists with writers and curators.

Onsite technical assistance for your installation.

Staff to invigilate the exhibition, opening event and public programs.

Promotional support through an e-invitation to our database, social media promotion.

Applications will be assessed by the Blindside Artistic Directors following the proposal period. We will provide a response as to whether your application was successful. Please note due to the high volume of applications, Blindside is unable to provide feedback.

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View previous curatorial mentorship projects:

2022. Considering how exaggerated music is,. Curator Sanja Grozdanić. Curatorial mentor Angela Brophy.

2021 Flow. Curator Beatrice Rubio-Gabriel. Curatorial Mentor Amelia Wallin.

2020 Micro-(bial) Tenancies. Curator Abbra Kotlarcyzk. Curatorial Mentor Kyla McFarlane.

2019 Connecting in the grey zone. Curator | Anador Walsh. Curatorial Mentor | Mark Feary.

2018 Anticipation Is Half Of The Seduction. Curator | Jonathan Homsey. Curatorial Mentor | Hannah Matthews.

2017 Always There And All Apart. Curator | Andy Butler. Curatorial Mentor | Emily Cormac.


About the 2023 Blindside Emerging Curator Mentorship Program.

In 2023, the successful applicant will receive a six-month mentorship from Zara Sully, Director Sawtooth ARI based in lutruwita (Launceston, Tasmania), and $1000 to support exhibition development, materials and artist fees. The mentorship focuses on curatorial research and the development of an ambitious exhibition project across both gallery spaces at Blindside from Wed 6 Dec – Sat 16 Dec 2023.

Applications Close midnight Monday 3 April 2023: 6 Mar–2 Apr 2023, 1:20am–2pm
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Room 14, Level 7, 37 Swanston Street

Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm
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Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.


Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.