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Curatorial Commissions

MIMA have just announced a call out for their Disabled Curator post for this coming year! Application and more information can be seen on their website

Or by clicking on the PDF link at the bottom of this page

Earlier this year DASH announced that Disabled artist, Anna Berry will be our first curator in residence at The Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) this year.

For more information about Anna please head to her Artist Page

For a really insightful interview with Anna about being a curator at MAC this year, please view this short video

From 2018-2021 DASH will work with three different Galleries across the uk, including Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), to provide individual residencies for three curators, who identify as Disabled, looking to further their careers in the arts. The final search for the third venue will soon be completed so watch this space!

£100,000 of Arts Council Funding has been allocated to the three-year project, as part of DASH's work as a National Portfolio Organisation.

MAC is committed to working with diverse artists while also offering a varied programme that is accessible for all. Most recently they worked with Noemi Lakmaier and DASH on a year-long residency, which culminated in a venue-wide exhibition and national seminar. MAC are keen to work with a curator who will experience working across departments within the centre, from film screenings to event and exhibition planning, with a specific focus on working with collections. This aspect of the residency will be led by MAC's experienced Visual Arts Producer, Jessica Litherland, who will share her wealth of knowledge in this field.

At MIMA the curator will work with the collection at MIMA to do research and put together a public project. MIMA are open to any interests and specialisms. The project can take any form: it might be a series of public events, an exhibition, a publication, or something else.

Mike Layward, Artistic Director said:

"The Curatorial Commissions programme aims to change the culture of the visual arts sector so it becomes more inclusive and accessible. There is a lack of Disabled people in positions of influence within the visual arts, and the longer-term aims of the project are to support the development of Disabled curators, who will become the directors of the future.

As part of the commissions we will also be working with each organisation's learning and engagement team to increase levels of participation and engagement among Disabled children and young people, led by our new in post Learning and Engagement manager. It is a really exciting period of development in the work of DASH"

DASH has been working with galleries and arts centres in England and Wales since 2009 creating opportunities for Disabled artists to exhibit and curate. These opportunities have significantly advanced the careers of more than 15 Disabled artists, and have influenced and changed the thinking of a number of key people in these galleries. But DASH assert that further cultural changes must be made within the visual arts sector in order for it to become more inclusive and accessible.

The individual opportunities will be advertised by each venue over the course of the next year and also on the DASH website. The duration of each commission will be from 1-2 years.