The Artscape Curatorial Mentorship Program was created to provide an opportunity for community members to learn the art of curation – the hanging and handling t of artwork, exhibition design, liaising with artists and exhibition adminstration.
Vision / Goals
- create an educational experience for mentorship participants
- groom the next generation of curators in our community
2016 / 2017 Artscape Curatorial Intern: Nicole Young
Nicole Young is a Kelowna based artist who creates abstract paintings and collages. She received her BFA in painting and art history from UBCO in 2015, and spent a year studying fine arts at UCLA. Nicole works primarily with acrylic paint and collaged textiles, using her background in the fashion industry as an influence to help her develop unique colour schemes and material choices. In 2016 she co-founded a fashion brand called Young Denham, creating hand painted one of a kind denim jackets. She is currently completing a curatorial internship with the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan. Her current works are narrative in nature, focusing on the documentation of people and moments using non-traditional materials.
Artscape Curatorial Mentorship Program Objectives / Tasks
- The Artscape Curatorial Mentorship is a one year commitment, paid internship position.
- There are 8 Artscape exhibition locations. Each location will host 4 exhibitions a year (exhibitions change every 3 months), for a total of 32 exhibitions a year.
- ARTSCO Executive Director, a former curator, will oversee the mentorship of participants.
In the Artscape Curatorial Mentorship Participants will:
- work alongside the ARTSCO Executive Director and other Curatorial mentorship participants to create the exhibition schedule for the year
- be trained in best curatorial practices of exhibiting art in a public / community venues
- be trained in best hanging practices
- train Artscape volunteers in best hanging practices
- will be responsible for the selection of artists for Artscape exhibition opportunities – initially from Artscape applicants, and then onto other artists in the community
- liaise with artists on the following each exhibition:
- work selection – digitally and/or in person
- hanging needs
- installation and strike dates
- having artists agree and sign exhibition contracts
- provide ARTSCO with:
- 100 word description and writeup on show from their point of view
- a short bio and artist statement from each artist
- pictures of the show – a minimum of 3
- assist with publicity and press releases where applicable
- have the opportunity to curate themed shows – and create additional calls for submission for these shows, if necessary
At the conclusion of the one year term, participants will receive a certificate of completion, as well as a letter of recognition for their work and the level of education they have achieved in curatorial practices.