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In Focus Curator Forum (Private)

2019 In Focus Curator Forum

  • The Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2019 presents the inaugural In Focus Curator Forum, generously funded by The Ian Potter Foundation from 2019 - 2021. This professional development program offers three unique opportunities for Australian and international emerging curators, mid-career curators and photographic artists.

    In Focus Curator Forum 26 - 29 August 2019

    Held over four days from 26 – 29 August 2019 in Ballarat, 15 curators selected from an international open callout will interrogate their curatorial practice through a series of workshops, explorations, discussions and cultural exchanges. This free, expenses paid program (‘Forum’) will be led by eight acclaimed national and international directors and curators. Participating curators may also be eligible for the BIFB Curator Awards.

    The Forum will be lead by Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director of Fotografie Forum Frankfurt; Peggy Sue Amison, Artistic Director of East Wing Peggy, Dubai/Qatar; Megan Tamati-Quennell, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Māori and Indigenous art at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand; Alessandra Capodacqua, Independent curator and lecturer in Photography at NYU, Florence; Djon Mundine OAM, Influential Independent Australian curator; Sim Luttin, Curator and Gallery Manager at Arts Project Australia, and Gwen Lee, Director of Singapore International Photography Festival Director.

    In Focus Portfolio Reviews – 29 August 2019
    38 selected photographic artists from across the country will each meet with three curators from the Forum. Over the day they will have in-depth discussions about their practice, gain valuable critical insights into their work and further develop their professional networks. To apply for the In Focus Portfolio Reviews click here.

    The Awards – Announced 29 August 2019
    The BIFB Curator Awards provide two participating Australian curators with a 12-month mentorship program including a wage, travel, accommodation expenses and curatorial training with leading institutions. The mentorships will culminate with curated exhibitions for the 2021 BIFB.

    One award winner will travel to Fotographie Forum Frankfurt, Germany working alongside Artistic Director Celina Lunsford and the other is to be confirmed.

    The entire In Focus Curators Forum is generously funded by the Ian Potter Foundation.


  • Applications open: NOW
    Applications close: 12 July 2019
    Finalists contacted: 19 July 2019

    What is included

    15 Selected Curators will each receive:

    1. Travel and transfers to and from Ballarat
    2. Five nights accommodation 25 – 29 August 2019
    3. AUD $50 /day per diem allowance
    4. Invitations to all VIP openings
    5. An unparalleled networking and professional development experience
    6. The chance to be selected for the BIFB mentorship

    How to enter

    To complete the application process, you will need:

    1. Cover letter detailing why you are applying and what you hope to gain from this program
    2. Biography and CV
    3. Two Letters of Support
    4. Examples of previous work - PDF or URLs
    5. A brief summary of a proposed 25 minute presentation or workshop

    Register for the 2019 BIFB In Focus Curator Forum

    Entry Terms and Conditions