• Ursula Halpin, Caite i dtraipisi (cast aside) IV (detail).

Emerging Curator Program

3 October 2018

The Helpmann Academy, in partnership with the City of Adelaide is delighted to announce the appointment of two emerging South Australian curators for the Emerging Curator Program.

Ursula Halpin and Mia Van Den Bos, both University of South Australia graduates, will undertake a number of exhibition projects over a six-month period for various City of Adelaide exhibition spaces, as well as the 2019 Helpmann Academy Graduate exhibition. Liz Nowell (CEO, ACE Open) is on board to mentor the emerging curators across all aspects of the program.

The program will provide Ursula and Mia with crucial opportunities to develop their curatorial skills, build contacts within the South Australian arts community and hone their profile as curators.

Ursula Halpin is looking forward to the opportunity to “develop exhibitions which enliven, enlighten and challenge the viewer’s experience of art in the public realm.”

“I am honoured and humbled to be selected for the Emerging Curator Program. This program will be invaluable in my emerging career as an artist/curator as it will help me grow in confidence and self-belief to develop more freelance curatorial projects, develop my own voice as a curator and create rigorous opportunities for artists to have their voices and stories heard.  Working under the mentorship of ACE Open CEO Liz Nowell will give me invaluable access to their extensive experience, knowledge, and their encouragement will be invaluable.”

Mia Van Den Bos is excited by the prospect of gaining insight into the curatorial process of ACE Open CEO Liz Nowell, while putting her recently acquired skills into practice.

I am delighted to have been selected for the Emerging Curator Program. I have recently returned from Goldsmiths ‘Curating the Contemporary’ summer school in Rome (generously supported by the 2018 Carclew Fellowship) and this will be a fantastic opportunity to put my many new resources and ideas into practice. I am excited to work with program mentor Liz Nowell and gain insight into her curatorial process. Thank you to Helpmann Academy and City of Adelaide for this brilliant opportunity!

Clare Mockler, Director Community for City of Adelaide said the Emerging Curator program reflects the aspirations for Adelaide to be recognised as a cultural incubator where people, enterprises, and audiences flourish.

“Partnering with the Helpmann Academy to deliver this important program will assist with infusing cultural diversity, creativity and the arts into the everyday experience of the city. Over the next six months two emerging curators, Ursula Halpin and Mia Van Den Bos will gain vital practical experience by undertaking professional curatorial programming in the First Floor Gallery and Mankurri-api Kuu (Reconciliation Room) in Adelaide Town Hall, and the Art Pod and Breezeway on Pirie St.”

The Emerging Curator Program is an initiative of the City of Adelaide, delivered in partnership with the Helpmann Academy.