2018 Emerging Curator Mentorship Proposal 

NOW OPEN | Due midnight Sunday 29 April 2018

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 leading Melbourne curator, Hannah Matthews, to develop a $3000 funded exhibition across BLINDSIDE’s two gallery spaces in December 2018.

Through this exciting initiative the successful applicant will conceive and develop a critical group exhibition in both BLINDSIDE galleries in December 2018. 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 curator Hannah Matthews, 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 $3000 (to be used for artist fees, writers fees, and the production of an accompanying catalogue).

2018 Emerging Curator Mentor | Hannah Matthews

Hannah Mathews is a Melbourne-based curator with a particular interest in contemporary art and performance.

She graduated with a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne in 2002 and has worked in curatorial positions at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2008-16); Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2005-07); Monash University Museum of Art (2005); Next Wave Festival (2003-04); The South Project (2003-04); Vizard Foundation Art Collection of the 1990s, the Ian Potter Museum of Art (2002); and the Biennale of Sydney (2000-02). She is currently Senior Curator at Monash University Museum of Art.

Hannah’s key curatorial projects include The humours, MUMA (2017); Ulla von Brandenburg: It has a Golden Yellow Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon, ACCA (2016); Derek Kreckler: Accident & Process, PICA, Perth and national tour (2015-ongoing); Ryan Gander: READ ONLY, ACCA, Melbourne (2015); Framed Movements, ACCA (2014); In the Cut: Contemporary Collage, ACCA (2013); Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, ACCA (2011); NEW11, ACCA (2011); ART#1 and ART#2 - ACCA Regional Tour (2010-11); Johanna Billing: Tiny Movements, ACCA (2009); Linden1968, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne (2008); Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2008); and Old skool (never lose that feeling), PICA (2007).

Hannah has recently initiated an occasional series of projects that engage with choreography and the visual arts. To date this has included: Sharing Space, a 12 month program including a seminar with Andre Lepecki, a workshop and publication focused on notation across disciplines and a writing workshop with RealTime and the Next Wave Festival (2016); Action/Response, a 2-night cross-disciplinary program for the 2013 Dance Massive Festival; a 4-day workshop and performance of Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney (2013); a 5-day workshop of Trisha Brown’s Early Works in Melbourne (2014); and To write, a 1-day writing program for the 2015 Dance Massive Festival.

Hannah has completed curatorial residencies in New York, Berlin, Tokyo and Venice, and has taught in the curatorial programs at Melbourne University, Monash University and RMIT University, Melbourne. She currently sits on the boards of the National Association for the Visual Arts, City of Melbourne Arts & Cultural Heritage and International Art Space, Perth.

Name *
Address *
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Please provide a brief description of your project. Max 50 words.
This is a written account of your curatorial intention and conceptual premise of your proposed project — the thoughts, themes, ideas and cultural relevance of the proposed exhibition project and why it should be developed into an exhibition at BLINDSIDE. Your answer may also include a list of artists your project coould include. (Max 250 words)
Please describe what you hope to achieve through the BLINDSIDE Emerging Curator Mentorship. (Max 250 words)
If you are a curator applying from interstate, please briefly outline how you plan to manage the development and installation of the exhibition
Please provide a link to your CV. See below for a number of free and easy content hosting services.
Optional Data
BLINDSIDE is funded by government arts funding sources and is often requested for information regarding our demographic of exhibitors. Please tick any box that you feel describes you. Please feel free to tick more than one box. Please note that this section will not affect your application in any way.
I am aged:
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Terms of Submission *
By clicking submit I agree for BLINDSIDE to use submitted text and support material to promote my project should my proposal be successful.

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.


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 July. Please note due to the high volume of applications, BLINDSIDE is unable to provide feedback.