Protea – International Curatorial Exchange
We are no longer accepting Expressions of Interest for this progamme.
As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations to mark the creation of John Ellerman Foundation in 1971, we have devised a new international curatorial exchange programme.
This anniversary presents a special opportunity to build on the Foundation’s existing work in supporting curatorial development via our Museums and Galleries Fund. Protea extends our understanding of what curating is, the forms it can take and where and how it can have impact.
The project name Protea references the national flower of South Africa and, in its allusion to the legend of Proteus, acknowledges the transformative outcomes that can be activated through imaginative and resourceful curatorship. Selected curators from the UK and South Africa are invited to undertake field research in the form of 10-day bilateral visits taking place between April and early June 2022.
The project has two points of origin: a focus on curatorial development, which underscores the Foundation’s existing commitment to supporting curatorial excellence through its Museums and Galleries Fund; and the longstanding connections between the Foundation’s founder, Sir John Ellerman II, and the two countries in which he spent most of his life – the UK and South Africa.
The overarching strategic aim of the project – one that informs all the Foundation’s activities – is to advance wellbeing for people, society and the natural world – delivered primarily through the Foundations’ grantmaking in the Arts, Social Action and the Environment.
This Exchange provides valuable opportunities for individual curators to undertake field research that supports their personal and professional development - acquiring new knowledge, international contacts and wider networks that will be of value to them and their institutions.
Successful candidates will be both ambassadors for their practice and their institutions as well as part of a new international enterprise that may serve as a model for others.
Through Protea, the institutional partners involved – be these national or regional museums, archives, research centres, heritage asset owners, universities, local authorities – will build new contacts, import and share expertise, and identify strategic openings to advocate for action/change.
For curating as a practice and discourse, we hope this Exchange brings insights that illuminate the value of curating as a means for unlocking creativity, building alliances, fuelling support, influencing power, and driving change.
Curator candidates are selected through a two-stage process outlined below.
1) Expressions of Interest (EOI): Extended Deadline Tuesday 15 February 2022 - CLOSED
2) Issue of Request for Proposals (RFP): Tuesday 22 February 2022
Deadline for submission of RFPs: March 2022 (date tbc)
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We’re also recruiting for Protea.
Please note that applications for Project Manager (South Africa) are no longer being accepted as the post is now filled. Applications for Project Manager (UK) are still welcome.
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All enquiries about Protea should be addressed to Mark Irving, Executive Curator firstname.lastname@example.org