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.
15 Selected Curators will each receive:
To complete the application process, you will need:
Entry Terms and Conditions