Each year Firstdraft’s Curators Program supports three emerging curators to develop innovative and experimental exhibitions that engage with emerging artists, art forms or ideas. This program is designed to create a platform for independent curatorial practice and publication. Participants receive a curatorial fee of $1500, artist fees to be distributed amongst participating artists, and two fully subsidised gallery spaces for a four-week exhibition. Proposals for this program are taken twice a year. Firstdraft encourages curators to work with emerging artists for their exhibitions, however also accepts proposals that bring emerging artist’s work into conversation with more established peers. As part of the assessment process, curatorial proposals that are unsuccessful are automatically considered for the exhibition program. In 2019, Firstdraft is excited to launch its First Nations Curator Program, an identified position within the curators program which supports an early-career Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander practitioner.
Sanné Mestrom, Untitled (Self Portrait, Hazelnuts), 2017 (installation view), ‘Unreal City’, 2018, curated by Sarah Rees, Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Zan Wimberley
Nathan Beard, Zen Objects (i-xxii), 2017 ‘Transcendence’ Curated by Nanette Orly, Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Zan Wimberley
Walan Yinaagirbang, 2017 (installation view) ‘walan yinaagirbang | strong women’, curated by EmilyMcDaniel Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Zan Wimberley
Rosie Deacon andEmily Rockford, Tree Bear Punk Queens of the Desert, 2018 (installation view) ‘Paired’ Curated by Harriet Body Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Zan Wimberley