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Curators' Program

Firstdraft invites early-career curators to propose an exhibition to be staged across two galleries.

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. 

Please refer to the guidelines below when preparing your application and email with any questions.

Successful applicants receive

> A fully subsidised four-week exhibition at Firstdraft across two gallery spaces (Gallery 1 & 2 unless otherwise requested).

> In addition to the $1000 for artist fees, curators will receive a curatorial fee of $1500 for production costs and a publication that supports the exhibition.

> The opportunity to develop a public program which further explores the themes presented in the exhibition.

> Digital promotion through the Firstdraft website, electronic newsletters and social media platforms.

> Access to and assistance with Firstdraft’s equipment and resources.

> Opening night event and gallery minding

Submissions must include

> Proposal (max. 1 A4 page, approx. 500 words) detailing your exhibition title and concept.

> CV (max. 1 A4 page) detailing relevant experience.

> Up to 10 labelled, screen resolution (72dpi) images per application, formatted into a single PDF (max.10MB) AND/ OR 1 video/multimedia works per artist, uploaded to a third party sharing site such as YouTube or Vimeo, with an applicable link provided at the end of your proposal document.

> Image labels are to be expressed: Artwork Title, date produced, materials, dimensions/ duration (if applicable)

Further program details

> Collaborative applications from multiple curators/curatorial collectives are welcome, however this program cannot accommodate additional financial allowances.

> The selected curator/s will be solely responsible for organising the exhibition. Namely, the selection of artists/artworks and exhibition logistics.


Rosie Deacon and Emily Rockford, Tree Bear Punk Queens of the Desert, 2018 (installation view) ‘Paired’ Curated by Harriet Body Firstdraft, Sydney, Photo Zan Wimberley

‘Do You Know This Feeling?’, Curated by Sebastian Henry-Jones, Firstdraft, 2019 Photo Zan Wimberley

Sanné Mestrom, Untitled (Self Portrait, Hazelnuts), 2017 (installation view), ‘Unreal City’, curated by Sarah Rees, Firstdraft, 2018 Photo Zan Wimberley