New Curators Open Call

New Curators Open Call

New Curators is a paid twelve-month curatorial training programme based in London for aspiring curators of contemporary art from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Why?

We know that training to become a curator is expensive and entering the profession can be difficult. Little wonder our industry is often seen as elitist and characterised by a lack of diversity. We want to help make the contemporary art world more accessible and equitable because we believe this will make it richer and more relevant.

By offering an intensive twelve-month curatorial training and London Living Wage to 10-12 people from lower socio-economic backgrounds globally each year we will help diversify the curatorial profession.

* The London Living Wage is £13.15/hour (£25,644 gross per year).

What?

Our course is designed to equip aspiring curators of contemporary art with the knowledge, practical skills, networks and confidence needed to thrive in the art world.

The programme is divided into five strands:

Academic seminars
in curatorial theory and practice, and art history

Skills training
covering essential topics such as writing for different audiences, public speaking, budgeting and fundraising

Network development
meetings with a wide range of curators, artists and arts professionals and regular studio, gallery and museum visits in the UK and internationally

Exhibition-making
extensive practical experience working collaboratively on contemporary art exhibitions, publications and public programmes

Coaching and mentorship
participants will be mentored and have access to regular individual and group coaching sessions

If you think you have what it takes to become a future curator and change-maker, and need a leg-up please read on.

Who?

There are a lot of us working to make this programme possible.

Our staff who you will see all the time. Our extensive network of guest speakers and our trustees working behind the scenes.

Where?

New Curators is physically located at the South London Gallery in Camberwell and Peckham. The South London Gallery will present the first exhibition curated by the 2023-4 Curatorial Fellows in Summer 2024.

General FAQs

Eligibility

We were delighted by the number of applications we received for our 2023-4 intake. The quantity and quality of applications confirmed our belief that this programme is relevant and needed.

However, we also have strict eligibility criteria, which we wish to make more explicit for our 2024-5 application process as we don’t want to waste anyone’s time.

To Apply

After confirming you are eligible to apply, please read the Application Guidance and FAQs below before proceeding.

Application Guidance and FAQs

Apply as an international applicant
if you require a visa to live and work in the United Kingdom, irrespective of where you were born or live.

International Applicant

Apply as a UK applicant If you have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom, irrespective of where you were born or live.

UK Applicant

Website link: https://www.newcurators.org/

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