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C-Art calls for Young Curators

Young Curators installing work by Karen Babayan, winner of Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016
Young Curators installing work by Karen Babayan, winner of Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016

[T]he annual C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition, set to take place in the main gallery at Rheged, Penrith from 9th September – 5th November 2017 will once again be selected by a team of young people aged 16-24yrs old.

The judging panel for the exhibition will be made up of Young Curators and mentored by Ainslie Roddick, curator at the internationally renowned Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow, and Thomas Dukes, curator at leading photography gallery, Open Eye in Liverpool. They will select the exhibition content and the C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year award winner.

With that in mind C-Art are keen to hear from anyone aged between 16-24, who is interested in art or is thinking of applying to study art at university, or has recently returned from university and would like to gain some experience in the art world.
All you have to do is submit a short form expressing your interest, then if you are successfully selected you will be asked to attend an interview at Rheged, Penrith, for the final selection process.

Those who are selected as Young Curators will work alongside the arts professionals, visiting the prestigious galleries and seeing behind the scenes, along with meeting and questioning the curators before selecting the exhibition and short listing the winner for the C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year award.

Eden Arts and C-Art brought back the scheme in 2016, with the young curators working with Eliza Bonham Carter, Curator and Head of the Royal Academy Schools, and Nick Rogers, Curator at Lakeland Arts.

Catherine Beaumont, one of the Young Curators in 2016 commented ‘I have learnt such a wealth of incredible information and experience from being part of the Young Curators, it will benefit my future career and practice so much. It was so fascinating to have such an insight into the selection process for the exhibition, learning from top curators’

Thomas Dukes, Curator at Open Eye Gallery said: “It’s very exciting to be invited by Eden Arts to participate in the C-Art Young Curators Scheme. I am hoping to not only learn more about the imaginations and concerns of contemporary Cumbrian artists, but also to see the workings of the driven minds of young curators intent on proposing alternate shapes for our reality.”

Sound interesting? Fancy giving it a go and gaining some invaluable experience in the art world?

To find out more or to apply visit:

The DEADLINE for applications is Friday 5th May 2017.

To find out more about C-Art or to apply to be a Young Curator please visit:

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