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Call for Visual Arts Curators

The British Council are looking for applications by five early to mid-career visual arts curators from the UK and five early to mid-career visual arts curators from Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa or Zimbabwe, whose practices are collaborative and draw from personal experience or interpretation of identity, gender, and race politics.

Together, they will travel to the Venice Biennale for an enriching programme of activities and events in celebration of the historic number of black and African women artists and countries participating in this year’s Biennale for the first time such as Cameroon, Namibia and Uganda. They will explore the work of artists such as Golden Lion for Best National Participation winner Sonia Boyce, Alberta Whittle and Zineb Sedira, Golden Lion for Best Participant winner Simone Leigh, Acaye Kerunen and Na Chainkua Reindorf.

The delegation will create opportunities to find synergies between curatorial practices in Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK around shared issues presented by these themes and made more visible in this year’s Biennale.

This delegation is part of the British Council Visual Arts Biennials Connect programme. The programme promotes cross-cultural and cross-border exchange and collaboration by providing opportunities for curators to connect, collaborate and build meaningful partnerships with colleagues across the globe and to nurture future engagement with British Council arts programmes and partners.

The British Council are interested in applications from those who want to grow their curatorial practice in line with the themes of the delegation, who wish to expand their international networks amongst arts practitioners with similar interests and can demonstrate an interest to work collaboratively with the African and UK visual arts sectors. They may have a specific outcome they are hoping to achieve from this delegation, such as exhibition research, networking, or knowledge and skills building.

For further clarification and information see the British Council Website here.

Deadline for applications is 11.59pm, BST, Sunday 11 September 2022

Shortlisting decisions to be announced week commencing Monday 26 September 2022

Delegates interested in applying must be available for travel during the month of November to be considered.