Early Career Curators Group 2019-2020

The second Early Career Curators group were active from June 2019 to September 2020 and included a number of members engaging in freelance curatorial work alongside those working institutionally.

For the first time, alongside Continuing Professional Development workshops and a collaborative project, the Group members worked on individual research projects, supported by the British Art Network Acting Convenor, Martin Postle from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. These individual research projects ranged from the first of a quarterly pamphlet series on artist film to a interviews with volunteer-run galleries. 

The group met at Tate Britain, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and The Hepworth Wakefield, before the programme was taken online in response to the Covid crisis. Workshops focused on exploring notions of ‘British art’, confidence and risk-taking, online curating and time management.  They met with sector professionals from University of the Arts London, Museum of London, Birmingham Museums Trust, Science Museum, as well as a number of independent curators. 

As a final project they collaborated together on the online seminar Curating, Care and Community, on 3 September 2020. 

Group members’ affiliations during their time in the group:

Rebecca Burton, Harewood House
Alice Eden, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum
Mels Evers, Tate Britain & Independent Curator
James Finch, Tate Britain
Becky Gee, York Art Gallery
Samantha Howard, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
Marcus Jack, Transit Arts & PhD Researcher
Tessa Kilgarriff, Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village / English Heritage
Jessie Petheram, National Museums Liverpool
Helen Record, Royal Academy of Arts
Emily Riddle, The Hepworth Wakefield
Tor Scott, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Rachel Smith, Tate Modern / Independent Curator
Charlotte Thomas, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery