Open call!

NAE’s Curatorial development programme, supporting emerging Global Ethnic Majority curators to develop curatorial skills with the help of expert curator Ian Sergeant.

We are inviting applications from emerging Global Ethnic Majority curators based in the East Midlands who want to participate in a co-curated development and upskilling programme tailored to the needs of participants.

This programme will launch in early Spring 2024, and will consist of a three-day in-person residency in Nottingham from 28th Feb – 1st March 2024 and a short placement within a peer cultural venue. 8 places will be available for the programme, with a bursary for participants to cover any associated costs for travel, accommodation and expenses.

1) Residency

3 days in-person in Nottingham, 28, 29 February, 1 March

2) Short Placement in Peer Venue

Each participant will be offered the opportunity to take up a short placement at a Midlands-based arts or cultural venue

Until recently, many global majority curators were also artists, having gained curatorial experience out of the desire and need to exhibit their work. Examples include the Black Art an’ Done (Young Black Artists, 1981), Lubaina Himid and Pogus Caesar (Into the Open, 1984) and Rasheed Araeen (The Other Story, 1989). Therefore, CURATE is a timely intervention for emerging curators to participate in bespoke workshops to hone their respective practices, knowledge, and skills.’

-Ian Sergeant

The CURATE Residency will be delivered by Ian Sergeant, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University of the Arts London and a curator for Coventry Biennial. Ian has an MA in Contemporary Curatorial Practice and completed his practice-based PhD at Birmingham City University in 2022.

Curated exhibitions, projects and events include:

  • The more things change…, Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2023)
  • Nation’s Finest, Putting Down Roots and Birthing, Birmingham 2022 Festival (2022)
  • Interference:s, Coventry Biennial (2021)
  • Cut & Mix, New Art Exchange (2021)
  • Donald Rodney at Celine Gallery, Glasgow International (2021)
  • Reimaging Donald Rodney, Vivid Projects (2016).

Deadline for applications – 6 Jan 2024 (11:59PM)