Fancy becoming a curator?


An exciting new arts programme will allow young people in Ealing to develop their skills as arts curators and increase their employability in the culture sector.

The project celebrates the legacy of the Martin brothers who worked as potters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in a workshop by the canal in Southall, creating unique ceramics highly prized by collectors the world over.

The Martinware Collective Curatorship 2024 is a 4-month paid placement for young people aged 18 to 25 years old, living in the borough. The programme aims to develop the next generation of curators by immersing the young people in an environment that develops their skills and appreciation for the cultural diversity in Ealing.

Organised by Ealing Council and Roaming Projects, and supported by the Art Fund Reimagine project, the placement will provide training and skills in curating and cultural production, opportunities to collaborate and network with artists and curators, and organise a project for the public.

Only 5 spaces are available, with the placements due to start in September 2024. This amazing opportunity includes:

  • a £2,500 bursary
  • 8 half-day sessions exploring different forms of curating and collective working
  • a 2-week work experience placement in a local arts organisation
  • CV development, employment skills, and fundraising workshops
  • a final project mentored by artist Prem Sahib


Contemporary artist Prem Sahib, who will act as a mentor for the group, said: “This curatorship programme is a great opportunity for young people to grow their skills and experience. Having grown up in Southall, I’m excited to be connecting with other people in the area to think about the way Southall is changing, and how its cultural history, both past and present, can be explored in interesting ways.”

The deadline for the website is Monday 10 June (23:59). Apply now via the Ealing Council website.

Potential applicants can sign up to an online (Teams) webinar on Tuesday 28 May (14:00-15:00) with project curator William Rees to find out more about the opportunity, go through the application form and ask questions.


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