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.

Gallery Floorplans

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.

Have a look at our GALLERY FLOOR PLANS for detailed measurements, as well as a 3D MODEL.

Name *
Address *
Please include area code.
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 potential artists that you wish to include in your project. (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:
I live in:
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 May. Please note due to the high volume of applications, BLINDSIDE is unable to provide feedback.