The Young Curators Development Program offers learning and mentoring opportunities to young people in Boroondara. This series of free learning modules and mentoring by Town Hall Gallery curators helps develop curatorial knowledge and skills for young people who are interested in the gallery and museum sector.

How to apply

Applications to the 2022 Young Curators Development Program have closed.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for our Young Curators Development Program, you must be between 16 and 25 years old and be one of the following:

  • a City of Boroondara resident
  • a student at a school or institution in the City of Boroondara
  • part of an arts organisation or arts community group in the City of Boroondara
  • identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and live or study in the Inner East Region (City of Boroondara, Monash, Manningham or Whitehorse).

First Nations, culturally diverse, and LGBTQIA+ people, and people living with disability are encouraged to apply.

For information about the accessibility of our venues, visit our Visit us page.

If you need a hard copy of the application form or would like support to complete your application, contact the Town Hall Gallery Curatorial Team at [email protected] or call (03) 9278 4770.

Assessment criteria

To be successful, you must meet the eligibility criteria above and need to show:

  • clear enthusiasm for the arts
  • strong written communication
  • openness and willingness to learn
  • interest in working in the arts industry in the future.

Successful applicants

If successful, you will:

  • Commit to attending at least 3 of the 4 learning modules
  • Have access to one-on-one mentorship with Town Hall Gallery curators.
  • Take part in an end-of-year graduation celebration.

What you will learn in the program

Module 1: Collection management

Learn the basics of caring for cultural materials in private and public collections. This module gives insight into the theoretical and practical steps curators follow to make sure collection items are kept safe and preserved for future generations.

Module 2: Working with artists and art writing

Gain insight into the important relationship between artists and curators. This module explores the creative brainstorming and background planning involved when preparing for an exhibition. It also explores the process of writing about an artist’s practice for online and print.

Module 3: Exhibition design and display

Learn the basics of exhibition design and display. This module will focus on the process of designing, installing and de-installing exhibitions. Discover how curators work closely with artists and contractors to install artworks.

Module 4: Marketing for the visual arts

Find out how to get the word out about your exhibition or visual arts program. This module gives insight into the preparation for public programs and covers a range of marketing topics, such as photographing artwork, writing promotional copy, and advertising in print and social media to reach your intended audiences.

More information

For more information, contact the Town Hall Gallery Curatorial Team at [email protected] or call (03) 9278 4770.

Find information about our learning resources on our Learn with Boroondara Arts page.


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