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Curatorial Commissions

The Curatorial Commissions Programme is an exciting multi-year collaboration with three major UK galleries to provide individual residencies for three curators, who identify as Disabled, looking to further their careers in the arts.

Over the last year DASH has forged partnerships with Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in Birmingham, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) and most recently, Wysing Arts Centre.

Wysing has recently issued a call for curators and will be announcing the successful applicant in early 2020.

We are also delighted to announce that our second curatorial resident Aidan Moesby will be joining MIMA in January 2020. Please visit Aidan’s Curatorial Residency page for more information and updates on this new partnership.

Meanwhile, the programme is already well underway at MAC where Milton Keynes based artist Anna Berry joined as our first curator in residence in April. Keep up to date on Anna's Curatorial Residency and for more information about Anna please head to her Artist page on this website. For audio interviews with Anna as she progresses through her year in residence head over to our Blog page.

The Curatorial Commissions Programme is supported by Arts Council England, who have committed £100,000 over the period 2018 - 2021 to the project as part of DASH's work as a National Portfolio Organisation.

"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 Learning and Engagement manager. It is a really exciting period of development in the work of DASH"

Mike Layward


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. However we assert that further cultural changes must be made within the visual arts sector in order for it to become more inclusive and accessible.

Please visit our Press and Comms page for biographies and further background information about the Curatorial Commissions Programme.