Applications are now open for an exciting new COMPASS programme for craft curators.
Craft Scotland is delighted to announce applications are now open for the COMPASS: Emerging Curator Programme, a new strand of COMPASS developed by Craft Scotland, specifically for craft curators.
This programme will run as a pilot to allow us to test the model and impact for the sector.
Curators play a key role in sustaining and innovating Scotland’s ecosystem for contemporary craft, however, there has been little infrastructure to support their professional development to date.
A report ‘Sustaining Curatorial Careers Research’ by Dr Stacey Hunter for Craft Scotland published in April 2022, highlighted a continuing ambiguity around definitions of curating within craft which reflects the multi-layered role of craft curators – as organisers or producers as well as curators.
The COMPASS: Emerging Curator Programme aims to address this gap in infrastructure and provide a development programme to support emerging curators at the early stages of their creative practice.
This pilot programme will run between August 2023 and March 2024, and is aimed at professional practising curators in the early stages of their craft career, who have up to five years of relevant experience.
Online and in-person workshop series
The COMPASS: Emerging Curator Programme has been designed to provide emerging curators with the building blocks to develop their curatorial practice.
The series of workshops will cover Creating a Compelling Proposal, Critical Curating, Fundraising and Budgets, Marketing and PR, and embedding Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion into craft curatorial projects.
Delivered by knowledgeable workshop leaders who understand the day to day of being a curator, participants will be guided through the fundamentals of developing a curatorial practice. The first session will be in person and for the full day, the remaining sessions will be online and around 90 minutes.
Following the workshops, the cohort will, together with Craft Scotland and the Curatorial Programme Lead, visit Stockholm Craft Week in October 2023.
Travel dates to be confirmed, Stockholm Craft Week runs 4-8 October 2023.
The cohort will attend a planned programme of meetings, networking event, talks and studio and exhibition visits. They will also attend the Curating Craft Conference that will run as part of Stockholm Craft Week. The trip will be an opportunity to meet European craft curators and research a wide variety of contemporary craft activity from Nordic countries.
Curatorial Programme Lead
The cohort will be supported through the programme by an established curator, appointed by Craft Scotland as Programme Lead. The curator will provide support through group meetings and one-to-one advice.
Sector meetings and shared learning
Throughout the programme there will be an opportunity to meet other key members of the craft and curatorial sector in Scotland who will be able to share thoughts and learnings.
End of Programme Exhibition
To enable the cohort to bring together their learnings and further extend the legacy of the programme, Craft Scotland will offer funding for a Scotland-based exhibition through the Inches Carr Awards.
The End of Programme Exhibition will take place in 2024 and will enable the curators to realise further research on completion of the programme. All participants will work together on the exhibition and have access to a small budget to realise their idea.
For more details, visit the Craft Scotland website.
Closing date: 4 July 2023
(Top image by Martin Allan Smith)
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