• Image: Anne Numont, Curl Curl Creative Space. Photo by Kayapa Creative Studio.

New emerging curator program

The Emerging Curator Program will support an early practice curators for a one-off exhibition as part of the 2023 Creative Open program at Curl Curl Creative Space.  

The successful applicant will participate in a mentorship program supported by the Manly Art Gallery & Museum (MAG&M) curatorial team with the delivery of an exhibition in July 2023.

The mentorship includes support in:

  • concept development and research
  • artist liaison and selection
  • exhibition design
  • exhibition writing/ essay
  • development of other exhibition materials (i.e., wall labels and catalogue/ room sheet)
  • budget management

The recipient will receive a curator’s fee and an overall project budget of $4650 consisting of:

  • $2000 - Curator’s fee
  • $2650 - Project funding (including artist fees, promotion and materials).

Program details


  • Applications close: midnight 21 Dec 2022
  • Applicants notified of outcome: Jan 2023
  • Mentorship: February - August 2023
  • Exhibition outcome and public program delivery (one week): July 2023 (date TBC)
  • Acquittal and evaluation report: August 2023


  • Northern Beaches based - i.e., lives, works or has a connection to the Northern Beaches 
  • Emerging curator - first 10 years of practice 

Assessment criteria

  • Strength of exhibition concept/proposal
  • Previous experience and ability to deliver the project
  • Benefit to the applicant’s professional development

How to apply

Applications for the Early Curator Program 2023 have now closed.