The In Focus Curator Forum is designed as an intensive and rewarding program to develop the practice of curation. An exclusive opportunity for emerging and mid-career curators based in Australia, this professional development program supports curators in navigating the curatorial terrain. Taking place under the backdrop of the festival, the Forum includes events, networking opportunities and insights into the production of the Biennale throughout Ballarat.

Twelve emerging and mid-career curators were carefully selected from an open call and will be mentored by, and gain unique insight into, the careers of accomplished and leading curators. Over the course of the Forum, the expert and budding curators will present curatorial case studies and participate in innovative group workshops and exchanges – designed to interrogate curatorial practice, sustainability and envision the future.

The In Focus Curator Forum is proudly supported by The Ian Potter Foundation.

Established Curators
Nici Cumpston
Alasdair Foster
Sunyoung Kim
Shoair Mavlian
Vikki McInnes
Talia Smith
Jake Treacy

Participating Curators
Anindita Banerjee
Sophia Cai
Deirdre Cannon
Stevie S. Han
Brent Harrison
Sebastian Henry-Jones
Olivia Koh
Rebecca McCauley
Kim Percy
Sophie Rose
Jenna Rain Warwick
Olivia Welch

As part of the In Focus Curator Forum, the Biennale presents an exclusive day of Portfolio Reviews. Thirty four selected photographers from across the country will meet with leading Australian curators, gallery directors, artists and photographic professionals from the In Focus Curator Forum, alongside additional reviewers Daniel Boetker-Smith, Andy Dinan and Jack Willet. Photographers will have the opportunity to discuss their practice, gain valuable feedback on their portfolio of work, receive critical insights and further develop their professional network.

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In Focus Curator Forum
  • FotoBook Weekend
    August 30, 2021 - September 2, 2021
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm