Project Curator


The Helpmann Academy is pleased to invite applications from emerging visual artists and curators, to undertake a mentorship as Project Curator for the 2022 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition.

The successful applicant will be working under Curatorial Mentor, Patrice Sharkey (Artistic Director, ACE Open) on all curatorial aspects of the exhibition.

As mentee, the Project Curator will have the opportunity to work on the exhibition of selected graduate works, including designing the layout of the exhibition at ACE Open, working with the selected artists, and coordinating installation and de-installation.

The mentorship will be run from November 2021 – February 2022. Artist payment for the role is $2,500.

This role provides a unique opportunity for an emerging curator to gain hands-on experience working on a high-profile exhibition that brings together graduating artists working in many mediums. The Project Curator will be empowered to develop and broaden their understanding of how to design a space, communicate with exhibiting artists, and oversee installation. They will develop their skills in creating a cohesive, impactful exhibition with works that speak to different themes and ideas.

Working closely with Patrice Sharkey, and Helpmann Academy’s Program Manager, the selected applicant will have good communication and problem-solving skills and be dedicated and flexible.

This significant opportunity allows the successful applicant to further develop or kick-start their curatorial career. Applicants from a CALD or ATSI background are encouraged to apply.

For more information contact Helpmann Academy on (08) 7089 0720 or [email protected]

Images:  2021 Project Curator Eleanor Amor and mentor Patrice Sharkey at the VIP Vernissage of the 2021 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, photo by Thomas McCammon. 2021 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition (install shot), photo by Sarah Sturm.




2022 | Lucy Zola
2021 | Eleanor Amor