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Emerging Curator Program

The Emerging Curator Program engages recent curatorial arts graduates and emerging curatorial practitioners to further support their professional pathway and applied development. It allows emerging curators to gain vital practical experience by undertaking professional curatorial programming within the iconic Adelaide Town Hall Main Foyer and the contemporary 24/7 gallery, Art Pod.

City of Adelaide is proud to support the Emerging Curator Program and is pleased to welcome Gabrielle Lane and Carly Dodd in 2018.

Feature Image above: Artist Kaspar Schmidt Mumm painting Art Pod in readiness for The Flaming 'O', as part of the 2015/16 program, curated by Joanna Kitto.

2018 Emerging Curator - Helpmann Academy

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), will present concurrent exhibitions across four council gallery spaces:

• Adelaide Town Hall First Floor Gallery
• Mankurri-api Kuu (Reconciliation Room, Adelaide Town Hall)
• Art Pod & Breezeway (25 Pirie St, Adelaide)

Exhibitions will run from November 2018 – April 2019

Ursula Halpin

Ursula Halpin is an Irish born emerging artist and curator based in Adelaide, South Australia. Her practice spans glass, textiles, sculpture & installation. Her interests lie in the shared space and conversations around craft and their diverse manifestations in contemporary arts practice. 

Ursula graduated from the University of South Australia in 2016 with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Visual Arts, and was awarded the Chancellors letter of Commendation. Ursula has curated and exhibited locally, nationally and internationally including Australia and Ireland and the USA. 

Ursula has previously been a finalist in the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2016 and won Best Art and Design Exhibition in Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015. She has won several awards for her artwork including Graduate in Residence at Canberra Glassworks in 2017 and in 2018 was selected as a finalist for the National Emerging Art Glass Prize, Bullseye Emerge in the U.S.A. and the Australian and New Zealand Biennial Fuse Glass winning the emerging category of the latter in May 2018. Halpin currently manages SASA Gallery in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at University of South Australia and sits on the board of World Crafts Council – Australia.

Mia van den Bos

Mia van den Bos is an emerging artist, curator and founding Co-Director of artist-run initiative Sister. In her practice she focuses on creating and facilitating art that speaks to utopian political imaginaries

Mia is inspired by communities finding new ways of being together outside of the pervasive ideology of techno-neoliberal disconnection. Over the last three years her practice has fluidly incorporated digital and traditional mediums to antagonise patterns of surveillance, ownership and exploitation on and off the internet.

Mia graduated from the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia in 2017 with First Class Honours. She has exhibited at FELTspace ARI, Fontanelle Gallery, Format ARI, Adelaide Town Hall, SASA Gallery and Prospect Gallery and curated exhibitions and programs for Sister ARI, the 2017 Hobart Biennale and FRAN FEST. In 2017 Mia was awarded the Adelaide Critics Circle Visual Arts Award. In 2018 she is a Finalist in the Young South Australian of the Year Awards (Visual Arts) and a recipient of the 2018 Carclew Fellowship. Mia is committed to an integrated and dynamic practice within the arts, alongside her practice she works at the Art Gallery of South Australia and .MOD (Museum of Discovery) in front of house and administrative roles.


2018 Emerging Curator - Carclew 

The Emerging Curator Program is an initiative of the City of Adelaide delivered in partnership with Carclew, and registered as part of SALA Festival 

Emerging Curators Gabrielle Lane and Carly Dodd (mentored by Jill Newman), present concurrent exhibitions in four gallery spaces.

identity. connection
First Floor Gallery, Adelaide Town Hall
Mankurri-api Kuu (Reconciliation Room), Adelaide Town Hall, Art Pod, and Breezeway
31 May – 3 September

Carly Dodd

Carly Dodd, 2018 Emerging Curator

Carly Dodd, a proud Kaurna, Narungga and Ngarrindjeri artist, started painting at an early age and was mentored by notable Indigenous Tasmanian artist Max Mansell. This ignited in Carly a passionate pursuit to express her Aboriginal heritage through art and storytelling. Taught by Ngarrindjeri cultural weaver, Ellen Trevorrow, Carly now uses traditional weaving techniques in her practice as well as the traditional methods of dot painting that she developed during a cultural camp to Cooper Pedy.






Gabrielle Lane

Gabrielle Lane, 2018 Emerging Curator

Outside of her work in front of house at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Gabrielle Lane has been curating successful exhibitions as part of her Carclew Curator in Residence role. Gabrielle has recently completed her Masters of Arts (curatorial and museum Studies) at the University of Adelaide, as well as having a Graduate Diploma of Art History, Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Art History, Bachelor of Arts, and Diploma in Events Management.




2017 Emerging Curator

Andrew Purvis

Andrew Purvis is a curator, artist and arts writer based in Adelaide, South Australia.

In 2010, Andrew obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Art) from Curtin University (WA), later going on to complete a Masters of Arts (Art) in 2012. Andrew has also worked as the Project Officer for Visual Arts, Craft and Writing at the Department of Culture and the Arts in Western Australia. 

In 2014, Andrew co-curated the exhibition Tropaeum with Abdul-Rahman Abdullah at the Fremantle Art Centre. In 2015, Andrew was selected from a competitive field of applicants to work as the emerging curator for the annual Here & Now exhibition at the Lawrence Wilson Gallery, contained within the cultural precinct of the University of Western Australia. The exhibition involved eight new commissions from some of Western Australia’s most outstanding young artists. 

As an artist, Andrew has exhibited at the John Curtin Gallery (WA) and Paper Mountain (WA). He has also completed residencies at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and the Fremantle Art Centre. Andrew was also the recipient of an Australia Council JUMP mentorship in 2014.

As a freelance arts writer, Andrew has written numerous catalogue essays and had work published in ArtLink, Art Monthly, Art & Australia and Un Magazine. In 2013, Andrew was selected for the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers’ Program. 

2017 Exhibition Program: January 2017 – January 2018


2015/16 Emerging Curator

Joanna Kitto

Joanna Kitto, 2015/16 Emerging Curator

Joanna Kitto is an emerging curator and arts writer based in Adelaide, South Australia.

In 2009 Joanna graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Journalism with an Arts Writing focus before completing a Graduate Diploma of Art History and a Master of Arts in Curatorial & Museum Studies at the University of Adelaide in 2013. The same year, Joanna interned in the Australian Paintings & Sculpture curatorial department at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) working on projects such as the major Dorrit Black retrospective and joined the Flinders University Art Museum (FUAM) & City Gallery as a Gallery Assistant.

In 2014 Joanna was the Visual Arts Assistant for the 2014 Adelaide International exhibitions Worlds in Collision, curated by London based curator Richard Grayson, and the Artist Week 2014 symposium as part of the internationally acclaimed Adelaide Festival of Arts.

As a freelance curator, Joanna has independently curated shows across Adelaide gallery spaces for programs such as the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival and in 2015 Joanna developed a series displays under the title Peculiar Familiar at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF) in the odradek exhibition space.

As a writer and editor, she contributes to local arts based publications and is a founding member of independent contemporary arts writing magazine, fine print.

2015/16 Exhibition Program: December 2015 – January 2017


2014/15 Emerging Curator

Polly Dance

Polly Dance, 2014/15 Emerging Curator

Polly Dance is an Adelaide-based emerging curator, arts writer and artist. Her practice is concerned with modes of communication, curation, storytelling, materiality and site-specificity.

In 2012 Polly graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Masters in Curatorial and Museum Studies. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours), specialising in History and Theory at UniSA.

Recent curatorial pursuits include PAINTFACE presented by Constance Artist Run Initiative (ARI), The Writing Project at FELTspace and CACSA@70 Archives: Gathered Histories during the South Australian Living Artists Festival at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA).

Polly’s art reviews have been published in Real Time, Artlink and dB Magazine, Vitamin – The Redux, PLATFORM: Youth Arts & Culture Magazine and Point Blank magazine which she also edited.

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. She 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.

Read about Polly's experience as Emerging Curator here. For more on Polly Dance’s art practice, check out her website:

2014/15 Exhibition Program: November 2014 – December 2015


2013/14 Emerging Curator

Carollyn Kavanagh

Carrolyn Kavanagh, 2013/14 Emerging Curator

By collaborating with local visual artists both emerging and established, as well as ARIs (Artist Run Initiatives) my curatorial aim as City of Adelaide’s first Emerging Curator is to offer an accessible exhibition program that exposes audiences to unfamiliar and exciting art forms. By including elements from popular culture with more traditional artistic practices like portraiture, photography, printmaking and painting, I plan to highlight City of Adelaide’s vision of ‘one city, many places’. With this goal in mind aerosol art, moving image, illustration, historical collections, textiles, comic books and the art of hand sign writing will all make appearances in 2014, both at Art Pod and the Adelaide Town Hall.

Since completing my Masters in Curatorial & Museum Studies at The University of Adelaide in 2012, my objective has been to build a set of strong and diversified curatorial skills and understanding, by learning from and working with dynamic forces in the cultural and creative world.

Read about Carollyn Kavanagh's experience as Emerging Curator here.

For more information about Carollyn Kavanagh's art practice, check out her website:

2013/14 Exhibition Program: December 2013 – November 2014

For further information, please contact:

Logan Macdonald, Public Art Planner
Tel: 08 8203 7894
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