Industry access, project development and presentation

Mentoring is a relationship based in reciprocal exchange which supports personal, professional, career and creative development. Beyond exposure to professional-level gallery protocols and the exchange of information and skills, the most valuable attribute of CAT’s Curatorial Mentorship is the connection with peers and industry professionals and the ongoing relationships formed through the program.

The Curatorial Mentorship program has been reinvigorated to better reflect the changing aspirations and goals of early-career curators. It supports an early-career Tasmanian curator in a mentorship program that engages industry access, project development and public presentation. Collegial and flexible, each program is led initially by the curator and their artistic focus with institutional support provided through CAT, invited industry professionals and institutions. The program term is between 8 – 12 months and is offered biennially.

2024 Curatorial Mentee: Jon Smeathers

Jon Smeathers (b.1992) is a composer, sound and installation artist based in Hobart, Australia. Jon has exhibited and performed both internationally and across Australia, including at Soft Centre, Serralves em Fiesta (Portugal), Melbourne Festival, the NOW Now Festival (Sydney) and Dark Mofo. Jon’s work taps into the potential of algorithmic displacement, codecs and remix culture to enable a reimagination of one’s spectral and rhythmic currents.

For CAT’s curatorial program, Jon will develop an algorithmic decision-making curatorial practice that considers the socio-political impacts of distributed network algorithms in exhibition practices.

Off-Yard: Shared space/ Shared house/Co-existence. Public program hosted by Frontyard (NSW), 29–30 October 2022 at CAT

Past recipients

2022 Alexandra Hullah
2021 Sofie Burgoyne
2020 Caitlin Fargher
2019 Eva Nilssen
2018 Linda Crispin
2017 Emily Bullock
2016 Eliza Burke
2015 Lisa Campbell-Smith
2014 Polly Dance
2013 Bec Stevens
2012 Matt Warren
2011 Claire Needham
2010 Victor Medrano-Bonilla
2009 Sarah Jones
2008 Jack Robins
2007 Carol Hammond
2006 Tristan Stowards
2005 Scot Cotterell
2004 Maria MacDermott
2003 Celia Lendis
2002 Colin Langridge
2001 Kylie Johnson
2000 Jessica Ball
1999 Sally Rees
1998 Kelly Squires
1995 Mary Knights
1997 Jane Stewart


Applications for the 2024 Curatorial Mentorship have closed. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up to our mailing list to stay informed on future opportunities.

Alex Last, A Fleshy-Rooted Perennial, 2021. Installation image. Photo: Cassie Sullivan.

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