Emerging Curator program

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The Emerging Curator Program is an initiative of the City of Adelaide, delivered in partnership with local art organisations Helpmann Academy and Carclew. The program engages with recent curatorial Arts graduates and emerging curatorial practitioners to further support their professional pathway and applied development.

Successfully running since its inception in December 2013, the program awards them the role of professional curatorial programming at both the iconic Adelaide Town Hall Main Foyer and Art Pod, the contemporary 24/7 gallery located at the City of Adelaide’s offices at 25 Pirie Street.

But in the Emerging Curator Program the City of Adelaide awarded me a role, where I built a considerable body of curatorial experience and exposure that will undoubtedly further my career development.” – Carollyn Kavanagh, inaugural Emerging Creator 2013.

2019 Emerging Curator - Carclew

The City of Adelaide is partnering with Carclew to deliver an Emerging Curator Program over six months that will engage three aspiring curatorial practitioners to further support their professional pathway and applied development. 

The three selected curators are Chiranjika Grasby, Christina Massolino and Carclew’s 2019 Curator in Residence, Jack McBride. They will work closely with Carclew and mentor Jill Newman (Manager - Arts in Health at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation), to curate two multidisciplinary art exhibitions over an eight-month period, including one for SALA Festival.

The exhibitions will run from May until November 2019.

Current Exhibition

Genius Loci

19 November 2019 – 21 February 2020

Adelaide Town Hall Foyer and Reconciliation Room/Mankurri-api Kuu

Curated by Olivia Kubiak City of Adelaide Curator, presented in partnership with the City of Adelaide Archives.

Genius loci explores the ways in which a place can be interpreted, with a specific focus on Adelaide. Whether we interpret it through the eyes of logic or creativity – the genius of place is always evident. This exhibition presents work from the Adelaide City Archives and includes art by Kate Little, Jesse Price, Barbara Hanrahan, Yvonne Boag, Hossein Valamanesh, Dee Jones, Keith Cowlam and Brad Darkson.

To learn more about the exhibition, join one of the Adelaide Town Hall tours on 20 January or 10 February 2020 where Curator Olivia Kubiak will talk about the idea behind Genius loci. Book your free spot.

Previous Emerging Curators

Ursula Halpin and Mia Van Den Bos

As part of the Emerging Curator program presented in partnership with Helpmann Academy, Ursula Halpin and Mia Van Den Bos (mentored by Liz Nowell, CEO, ACE Open), presented concurrent exhibitions across the council gallery spaces. The exhibitions ran from November 2018 to April 2019.

Gabrielle Lane and Carly Dodd

In 2018 the Emerging Curator Program partnered with Carclew and registered as part of SALA Festival. Emerging Curators Gabrielle Lane and Carly Dodd (mentored by Jill Newman), presented concurrent exhibitions titled ‘identity. Connection’ in four gallery spaces from 31 May to 3 September 2018.

Andrew Purvis

Andrew was curator on exhibitions from January 2017 to January 2018.

For the 2017 Emerging Curator Program, Purvis’s objective was to get out there, explore, meet artists, discover fantastic, vital practices. He then brought them back, put them up and shone a light on them, so the whole city could enjoy them too. The desire for connection really informed his programming and many of the curatorial decisions he made.

Joanna Kitto

Joanna was curator on exhibitions from December 2015 to January 2017.

Driven by an awareness of South Australia’s rich artistic landscape, Kitto’s key aim as Emerging Curator was to present new and dynamic voices in contemporary art, to inspire an ongoing relationship between the visual arts and diverse audiences. To achieve this, she sought to engage with festivals and partner with likeminded organisations to present the work of local and national artists from across the emerging, mid- and established career spectrum.

Fresh perspectives in Adelaide-based contemporary art were crucial, as was the presentation of Adelaide’s strong cohort of female artists.

Polly Dance

Polly was curator on exhibitions from November 2014 to December 2015.

As City of Adelaide’s 2014-15 Emerging Curator, Polly was focused on curating accessible, vibrant and innovative contemporary art exhibitions that engage new audiences and artists.

Polly aimed to develop new partnerships, collaborations and conversations across sites and practices, while also initiating professional development opportunities that lead to positive and unique exhibition outcomes. Find out more about Polly Dance.

Need more information?

For more information about the Emerging Curator exhibitions, see the Art Pod program. For information about the program, please contact:

Logan Macdonald, Public Art Planner

08 8203 7894

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