Emerging Curator Program

Following a successful inaugural year in 2023, the Emerging Curator Program returns to provide an early-practice curator the opportunity to produce a funded exhibition and series of public events at Curl Curl Creative Space with support from Council’s arts specialists and mentorship from the curators at Manly Art Gallery & Museum.

The program is designed for emerging curators and artists looking to develop their practice, gain knowledge of the arts sector, and grow their professional networks.

Emerging Curators

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2024: Daniel Press

Sculptor and curator Daniel Press is known for his innovative approach to sculpture and commitment to uncovering emerging trends in Australian contemporary art and will develop MASS, an ambitious exhibition and public program at Curl Curl Creative Space.

MASS promises to be a thought-provoking exploration of ecofeminist principles, responding to the pressing realities of our climate crisis. The exhibition will showcase collaborative works from eight female-identifying artists, delving into themes of ecofeminism, transformation, and place-making. Read more...

MASS will be in late September 2024. Keep an eye on the Curl Curl Creative Space page for more information.

Visit Daniel's website to see his work. 


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2023: Jodie Dowd

Noongar basket weaver and curator Jodie Dowd was the inaugural Emerging Curator Program recipient in 2023.  As part of the program, Jodie received mentoring from the MAG&M curatorial team and delivered an exhibition at Curl Curl Creative Space in July 2023, Honouring our Knowledge Keepers.

Jodie’s exhibition was a direct response to the 2023 NAIDOC theme, For Our Elders. Featuring multidisciplinary works by seven First Nations artists, the exhibition honoured Elders, Ancestors, animal kin, and Gai-mariagal Country through song, poetry, paintings, photographs, and cultural practices such as weaving and bush dyeing.


Read the 2024 program Guidelines online, or download the guidelines (PDF).

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