New Curators

Deadline -
Sunday 22nd March 2020 - 11:45pm

Are you interested in how we curate and commission artworks and events for the Isle of Portland? Do you want to try and test it out yourself? 

From March 2020 - October 2020 b-side will train, mentor and support 5 emerging curators from the Dorset to:

  • Learn more about curating events and artworks that are responsive & specific to place / people / geography / history
  • Take the lead to curate an event / artwork for b-side festival 2020

The New Curators will develop skills in the following:

  • How to curate site-specific artwork 
  • Responding to a brief
  • Project management and marketing
  • Demonstrating social impact and telling stories digitally
  • Income generation, fundraising and budgeting 
  • Working with communities

As a b-side New Curator you will receive:

  • Training & mentorship from b-side & other professional curators
  • A bursary of £600 to go towards travel and time spent on the programme
  • A budget of £100 (minimum) to go and see new work
  • A group budget of £2,500 to curate an event/artwork for b-side festival
  • Ongoing support from b-side team (main contact to be Molly Scarborough)


To be a New Curator you have to be aged 16 – 30 (or there abouts), live in Dorset (or nearby) and have an interest in learning more about curating events / artworks that are responsive and/or specific to place.


Application deadline:
Sunday 22nd March 2020, 11:59pm
Video call interviews:
Week commencing 23rd March
New Curators selected by:
Monday 30th March
New Curators first meeting:
Tuesday 31st March, 6pm – 8:30pm


Click here to apply. Be ready to submit:

  • Your Name
  • Your Date of Birth
  • Your Postcode
  • Your Availability
  • Contact Number
  • Contact Email Address

And answer the following questions:

  • Why would you like to be one of our New Curators?
  • Why are you interested in working on Portland?

More information about the programme and how to apply, please see the attached below.


Supported by Art Fund and public funding from Arts Council England.

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