Young Curators


2017 Young Curators Scheme is now closed for applications – click here for more info

The successful Young Curators in 2017 worked alongside arts professionals to select the exhibition and short list the winner for the Cumbrian Artist of the Year award- an exhibition that was held at the Gallery at Rheged from 6th Sept to 5th Nov 2017. The selection process was led by the curators, Thomas Dukes from Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool and Ainslie Roddick from CCA in Glasgow.

In 2017 the Young Curators scheme offered participants the opportunity to take part in the Bronze Arts Award, a qualification equivalent to a QCF Level 1 standard in the areas of art form knowledge and understanding, creativity and communication.

In 2016 the Young Curators undertook a trip to see behind the scenes at the Royal Academy Schools and Summer exhibition, led by Eliza Bonham Carter, Head of Royal Academy Schools, offering an insight into the makings of an exhibition and the curatorial aspects involved in a show like the RA Summer Exhibition.


‘It has also been such an incredible learning experience to work with the group of passionate Young Curators, where we learnt to make gut decisions as a group and decide on the positioning of art in the exhibition. We all felt such a sense of achievement at the Private View when all of the artists and the public came to see the exhibition, having worked so intensely together on it…..To have had such an experience together will really benefit all of our future careers, which I am sure will be in some way linked from working as C Art Young Curators! I am so grateful to have had such an amazing learning experience and opportunity, thank you so much’.

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The Young Curators scheme was re-introduced in 2016 after a pilot scheme in 2013. A group of 5-6 Young Curators are selected, from applicants aged 16-24 yrs from Cumbria, to curate and select work for the Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition and Awards and exhibition each year.