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Jerwood Curatorial Accelerator Opportunity

From July 2022 to July 2023, ten selected JCA Fellows will travel to eight leading visual arts galleries and organisations across the UK for behind-the-scenes insights into their curatorial approach, artist communities and civic role; take part in a co-created online curatorial and leadership development programme; and benefit from individual mentoring.

The programme aims to equip them with the networks, skills and knowledge to enable them to fulfil their ambitions and play a part in the future of the visual arts sector.

Seven Host organisations are confirmed and the eighth will be chosen by the selected JCA Fellows. The Hosts are:

  • Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry ̴Londonderry (CCA)
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)
  • Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MiMA)
  • Peak Cymru
  • Somerset House
  • Turner Contemporary
  • Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSI)

The Hosts offer access to a wide breath of approaches to curatorial practice and place, as well as being organisations of different scales and types based in locations across the UK. Each Host organisation will create a two-day programme with the JCA Fellows to introduce them to their work, networks and communities; creating a space for exchange and shared learning around different aspects of curating today. Visits may develop conversations about opening up collections, working in post-conflict contexts, curating with community groups, working with rural infrastructure, the role of writing, and opportunities around civic placemaking; as well as including artist studio visits and networking. You can read more about the Host organisations here.

JCA aims to broaden the diversity of lived experience in curatorial and visual arts leadership. Curators are recognised as having a lot of influence and playing a critical role in improving the diversity and breadth of art that is programmed and shared with the public. However, research suggests there is a significant lack of diverse backgrounds in the visual arts: only 21% of museums and gallery staff are from working class/low socio-economic origins. Data also suggests there is a lack of ethnic diversity, disabled and women in senior leadership roles across the visual arts sector*.

JCA therefore takes an intersectional approach, focusing on identifying and nurturing early-career curators who have faced barriers because of their socio-economic background and identity, and providing a fully funded, inclusive and accessible development programme to enable their careers to thrive.

*Source: Brook, O., O’Brien, D. and Taylor, M. (2018) Panic: Social class, taste and inequality in the creative industries.

Further information on the opportunity and how to apply can be found on the Jerwood Arts website: Jerwood Curatorial Accelerator – Jerwood Arts