Contemporary Art Tasmania is now in its 25th year of supporting, mentoring and presenting exhibitions through its Curatorial Mentorship Program. It is designed to assist an emerging curator to gain knowledge and skills, and aims to increase professional curatorial and artistic activity in Tasmania.

The program offers $3000 towards professional development and exhibition research. The negotiated exhibition and publication outcomes are funded separately through CAT’s exhibition program.

Curatorial applications can be experimental, ambitious or imaginary. The clear articulation of an exciting or challenging idea or project rational is critical to the selection process.

The mentored curator gains experience in all aspects of developing a public exhibition and producing an exhibition catalogue. As part of this mentorship the recipient also sits on the CAT Program Committee and gains invaluable insight and experience in the decision-making processes that determine the CAT exhibition program.

Application Information

The mentorship position will be awarded on the basis of how well the application material demonstrates:

  • A strong and original exhibition concept supported by references to relevant artists
  • A close engagement with contemporary visual culture
  • Strong communication skills that reveal an enthusiasm for ideas surrounding visual culture and its interpretation
  • A commitment to pursuing a professional practice and willingness to fully utilise the mentorship towards assisting the development of a professional career

Preference will be given to projects that increase opportunities for emerging Tasmanian artists. This opportunity is only available to people residing in Tasmania for the period of the mentorship. Curatorial Mentorship recipients must be a current Contemporary Art Tasmania member.

Applications for the 2021 Mentorship are due on 10 August 2020.

Applicants are encouraged to contact  CAT to discuss their application with the Mentorship Coordinator, Colin Langridge.

To apply please email the following to

  • One page PDF outline for a proposed exhibition project  outlining the curatorial rationale and framework, and identifying and explaining potential artists or artworks for inclusion in the project. Please note: the successful applicant can negotiate variation of the original proposal.
  • A one page CV of the applicant as a PDF
  • Visual support material for the proposed exhibition can include up to 12 images preferably provided as a single PDF (each image should be no more than 72dpi and images must must be clearly labelled, including artist’s name, title of work, date of completion, medium and size).
  • Support material in the form of published essays and reviews written by the applicant can be included as a single PDF with bibliographic information (OPTIONAL)

Past recipients

  • Mary Knights (1995)
  • Jane Stewart (1997)
  • Kelly Squires (1998)
  • Sally Rees (1999)
  • Jessica Ball (2000)
  • Kylie Johnson (2001)
  • Colin Langridge (2002)
  • Celia Lendis (2003)
  • Maria MacDermott (2004)
  • Scot Cotterell (2005)
  • Tristan Stowards (2006)
  • Carol Hammond (2007)
  • Jack Robins (2008)
  • Sarah Jones (2009)
  • Victor Medrano-Bonilla (2010)
  • Claire Needham (2011)
  • Matt Warren (2012)
  • Bec Stevens (2013)
  • Polly Dance (2014)
  • Lisa Campbell-Smith (2015)
  • Eliza Burke (2016)
  • Emily Bullock (2017)
  • Linda Crispin (2018)
  • Eva Nilssen (2019)
  • Caitlin Fargher (2020)

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