Information for Applicants

Project Curator, 2021 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition



Helpmann Academy is pleased to invite applications from emerging visual artists and curators, to take on the role of Project Curator for the 2021 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 selected curator will be engaged to work on the exhibition from selections, designing the layout, working with artists, and installation and de-installation.  

The Project Curator will be engaged from December 2020 – February 2021. Remuneration for the role is $1,500. 

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 and Events 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.


  • The Project Curator Role is open to graduates within five years of their final year of study from one of Helpmann Academy’s eligible programs. 
  • Honours students and graduates are eligible to apply. 
  • Honours graduates must be within five years following their final year of honours study 

Check that your qualification is eligible here.  


The Project Curator will be required to: 

  • Attend selection day of the works on Friday 4 December, 9.00am – 5.00pm. The Project Curator will be invited to share their thoughts on the works, but the selection of works will sit with the selection panel, and the Helpmann Academy.
  • Design the exhibition space with the Curatorial Mentor.
  • Liaise with artists regarding the installation requirements of their work.
  • Attend the Artist Information Night (Date TBC)
  • Oversee the installation of the exhibition, working with the Curatorial Mentor and installation team.
  • Troubleshoot and solve any obstacles during installation (with guidance from the Curatorial Mentor).
  • Attend the two opening events and Teachers Night, on the evenings of
    Thursday 27 January 2021 (VIP Vernissage), Friday 28 January 2021 (General Opening & Awards Presentation) and Tuesday 2 February 2021 (Teachers Night).
  • Speak at Teachers Night about putting the exhibition together.
  • Be available throughout the life of the exhibition if required to make adjustments or repairs to the works or their installation. This is to be done in consultation with the artist. Adjustments may be required between the two opening events.
  • Oversee de-installation of the exhibition.
  • Maintain prompt communication with Curatorial Mentor and Helpmann’s Program & Events Manager.
  • Attend a post-event analysis meeting



Applicants must not have an outstanding acquittal with the Helpmann Academy when applying. 

When completing your application, clearly answer all the questions and provide the required support material. 

The application consists of two questions requiring written responses. They are: 

  1. Outline why you are well positioned at this point in your career to undertake this role. 
  2. What are the professional development outcomes you will gain? How will you leverage this opportunity to further your curatorial career? 

Required support material is outlined in the application form and includes: 

  • Artist CV (maximum 2 x A4 pages) 
  • Your official academic transcript 
  • The names and contact numbers of two (2) references 
  • Up to x 5 images of previous exhibitions you have worked on 

In addition to the required support material, applicants are welcome to also provide additional material they feel will support their application. For example, this can include marketing collateral from previous exhibitions, or media clippings, etc. 

Applications are due by 5.00pm ACDT, Friday 23 October, 2020. 


The successful applicant will clearly demonstrate how undertaking the role of Project Curator will contribute to their professional development. Applications will be reviewed based on the applicant’s readiness to take on the role, the positive impact the opportunity will have, and the qualities the applicant can bring to the role. 

Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview. 

The successful applicant will be required to sign a letter of agreement with The Helpmann Academy, agreeing to the responsibilities and terms and conditions of the role. 

For more information, or to discuss your application contact Helpmann Academy on (08) 7089 0720 or email [email protected]