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.