2019 Emerging Curator Mentorship Proposal
APPLICATIONS OPEN | Due midnight Sunday 17 March 2019
Applications are now open for the annual Emerging Curator Mentorship, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne. BLINDSIDE invites applications from emerging curators to receive mentorship from Mark Feary, Artistic Director, Gertrude Contemporary, to develop a $4000 funded exhibition across BLINDSIDE’s two gallery spaces in December 2019.
Through this exciting initiative the successful applicant will conceive and develop a critical group exhibition in both BLINDSIDE galleries in December 2019. The successful applicant will work closely with the mentor to carry out curatorial research, artistic exchange and project management. The project will develop over a number of months leading up to the exhibition, with support from both the mentor and additional support from the BLINDSIDE Board of Directors and Gallery Coordinator. The successful applicant will present a project that is considerate of context, time and relevance, engages with contemporary curatorial methodologies, and considers various artistic viewpoints.
Applicants are required to submit an application which outlines their proposed exhibition. Please keep in mind that proposals may present an exhibition framework, and possible outcomes, but do not need to be fully resolved as the exhibition will develop over time with assistance from the mentor.
The successful applicant will receive:
One on one mentorship with Mark Feary, through face-to-face and email engagements of up to ten hours
Regular feedback on the curatorial and conceptual development of the project
Support with budget development and project management
Marketing and promotional support
Project support in the form of venue and exhibition budget of $4000 (to be used for artist fees, writers fees, and the production of an accompanying catalogue).
2019 Emerging Curator Mentor | Mark Feary
Mark Feary has worked within the visual art sector for fifteen years in a range of contemporary art centres, universities, museums and artist-led initiatives, with an emphasis on contemporary art and almost exclusively within the not-for-profit sector. Feary has worked in curatorial and programming roles at Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Artspace, Sydney; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; and West Space, Melbourne.
BLINDSIDE is located on the seventh floor of the Nicholas Building, on the corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street in Melbourne’s Central Business District. We have two gallery spaces and we accept applications for one or both of these spaces.
Gallery One is 40 square metres with a ceiling height of 3.4 metres. The north-facing wall is MDF. The other walls and floors are concrete.
Gallery Two is 25 square metres with a ceiling height of 3.4 metres. The west and south-facing walls of the gallery are MDF and the remaining walls are concrete.
Support Material Guide
BLINDSIDE only accepts support material as an online weblink.
Please do not upload zipped files. Please ensure all files uploaded including are saved with your name in the file name, for example:
Lastname_Firstname_2017-Proposal.pdf / Lastname_Firstname-CV.docx
BLINDSIDE would prefer your support material to be uploaded via Google Drive.
Please note that Google Drive is our preferred online hosting platform. There are also a number of other free and easy to use third party hosting sites, most of which allow you to password protect material.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR APPLICATION
Applications will be assessed by the BLINDSIDE Artistic Directors following the proposal period. We will provide a response as to whether your application was successful no later than May. Please note due to the high volume of applications, BLINDSIDE is unable to provide feedback.