Young Curators


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

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. More about the trip here.

The Young Curators  then attended a selection day led by Eliza Bonham Carter and Nick Rogers, Curator from Lakeland Arts Trust, reviewing the submissions for the Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition and awards. They selected the exhibition and shortlist of 6 artists from over 85 submissions.

Finally, the Young Curators assisted in the hanging of the exhibition spending time in the gallery at Rheged and the main centre for the Arts Council funded Sculpture Trail.

‘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 at Rheged in September - November