EMERGING CURATOR MENTORSHIP 

6 to 22 December 2017

Curated by Andy Butler

Opening Night | Thursday 7 December 6-8pm

Andy Butler, mentored by Emily Cormack

BLINDSIDE is excited to announce Andy Butler as the recipient of the 2017 BLINDSIDE Emerging Curator Mentorship. This mentorship pairs Andy Butler with curator Emily Cormack to undertake curatorial research and develop an exhibition at BLINDSIDE in 2017 which will critically interrogate Whiteness in the Australian arts sector. 

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 BLINDSIDE Emerging Curator Mentorship extends Andy's growing body of research on institutional Whiteness in the arts. His writing has been published by Overland and Art+Australia.

EMILY CORMACK has been curating exhibitions since 2001 in an institutional, freelance 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.