EMERGING CURATOR MENTORSHIP 

6 – 22 December 2017

Opening Night | Thursday 7 December, 6 - 8pm

BLINDSIDE is excited to announce Andy Butler as the recipient of the 2017 BLINDSIDE Emerging Curator Mentorship. 

ANDY BUTLER is a Filipino-Australian writer, emerging curator and arts worker. He has significant research, writing, programming and administrative experience, developed through working at ACMI, the NGV, Chapter House Lane and Melbourne Writers Festival. He is a participant in the 2017 Emerging Cultural Leaders program at Footscray Community Arts centre, and he holds an honours degree in Philosophy. He recently co-curated his first exhibition at RMIT First Site gallery. The mentorship project extends his growing body of research on institutional Whiteness in the arts. His writing has been published by Overland and Art+Australia.

The six month mentorship with curator Emily Cormack, is focused on curatorial research and the development of an exhibition at BLINDSIDE that interrogates Whiteness in the Australian arts sector. A key research question is to investigate how cultural diversity and inclusion discourse circulates in the arts, and to ask artists from different cultural groups to respond to the hegemonic and Eurocentric values that form the foundation of visual art in Australia.

EMILY CORMACK has been curating exhibitions since 2001 in an institutional, free-lance and artist run context throughout the Asia Pacific region and in Europe. Cormack maintains a particular focus on young and emerging arts practices, with her projects reflecting the experimentation and dynamism that occurs during these earlier years of an artist’s career.
Since 2001 she has curated over 27 exhibitions and managed more than fifty, as well as consulting on numerous public projects. Emily has worked as Curator, Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Curator at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington and as Co-Founder and Co-Director of Conical ARI, Melbourne. In 2005 Emily managed the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennial, and in 2003 she undertook a Curatorial Internship at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. Concurrently Emily has developed an independent practice as a Curatorial Consultant and has commissioned public art for institutions such as the Bendigo Hospital, Melbourne Metro, and National Centre for Synchrotron Science (NCSS) among others. In addition Emily writes for artist's catalogues and periodicals including Frieze magazine (UK), Art Agenda (USA), Art Asia Pacific, Art and Australia and Kaleidoscope (It) magazine. Emily holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University, NZ and an MA Art Curatorship from The University of Melbourne, and is currently a PhD candidate in Curatorial Practice at Monash University.

The BLINDSIDE Emerging Mentorship Program is supported by the City of Melbourne and Creative Victoria.


IMAGE | Nathan Beard, Departures (detail), 2016, photographic decal on glazed porcelain, PVD coating, (right panel of diptych), each panel 36cm x 25cm. Photography by Uri Auerbach.