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Young Curators Wanted

Submitted by on September 30, 2011 – 3:32 pmNo Comment


Leeds Met Gallery are currently looking for 16-19 year olds to take part in their Young Curators project. Artist and Young Curators co-ordinator Amelia Crouch told us a bit more about Young Curators and why people should take part.

What is it?
Now in its third year, Young Curators is a project run by Leeds Met Gallery for 16-19 year olds who are interested in following a career in the arts. It is a chance for participants to find out what it’s really like working in the arts. They will learn about curation, project management, writing about art and marketing and to have a go at all these things themselves.

What does it involve?
First of all the Young Curators will attend a series of talks, workshops and exhibition visits where they will hear from artists, arts professionals and curators. They can expect some really great visits this year with venues such as Leeds Art Gallery, The Henry Moore Institute, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Project Space Leeds. We’ll also visit some cities further afield, maybe Newcastle, Manchester or London depending on what takes our interest!

Alongside all these visits the Young Curators will be using their experiences to help them devise and deliver their own art project or exhibition. The main outcome of Young Curators is this exhibition, which is always really exciting. We are constantly impressed and inspired by what young people can achieve.

What have past Young Curators exhibitions been like?
The project started in 2009 when the Young Curators put on a brilliant exhibition called ‘It’s not the end of the world…’ that considered what awaited them as they entered adulthood – what political and financial responsibility were they about to gain? They used artworks chosen from the Arts Council collection by significant artists including Mona Hatoum and Donald Rodney, plus related works by local artists that looked at ideas of both global and personal responsibility.

In 2010 the exhibition ‘reduction’ was inspired in part by the Young Curators’ discussions and concerns around arts funding cuts. The exhibition reflected themes of commercialism, value and loss. Rather than selecting existing works they commissioned artists to make new works; this means they invited artists to make artworks especially for the exhibition based upon their theme. We try to make Young Curators a bit different each year although the core skills they will learn remain the same.

What’s different this year?
This year we are going to explore the idea of what can be an exhibition space. From art galleries to art in the public realm, empty shops or virtual exhibition spaces. At the moment Leeds Met Gallery’s broader exhibition programme includes a series of public realm commissions – showing artworks on a billboard at Leeds train station and at Bradford Interchange (the latter as part of the ‘Ways of Looking’ festival), plus the project ‘Junction’ which is an exhibition on traffic controller boxes around Leeds. It makes sense to tap into this for the Young Curators project, to explore the different venues and sites where art can be shown. The outcome of the project will be led by the young people who take part but we hope they might come up with something quite inventive and unique!

When is it?

The project will run over 3-4 months from autumn/winter 2011 on a regular evening each week plus weekend visits. When we get in the applications we will work out which evening is best for most people.

What do young people get out of the project?
Young Curators is a lot of fun; we will visit exciting exhibitions, meet
new people, work collaboratively. If you’re interested in art there’s so many reasons to take part! With an eye to the future, it is also a great project for young people to put on their university application forms particularly if they plan to study art or a related subject.

If I want to apply, or know a young person who does, what should I do?

Contact Amelia Crouch on or 07817527615 for an application form. Please get in touch by Friday 7 October.

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