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First Skypark Curatorial Fellowship 2019 Announced with The Glasgow School of Art

First initiative to give early-career opportunities to five Glasgow-based curators

Skypark, Glasgow has announced the launch of the business destination’s first Skypark Curatorial Fellowship 2019 with The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) – the first initiative of its kind for the GSA Curatorial practice graduates, that will invest in the emergence of graduates from academic study to professional practice. The Fellowship will give early-career opportunities to five Glasgow-based curators in a bid to support and nurture future artistic talent in Scotland.

The Skypark Curatorial Fellowship 2019 is a professional development opportunity for five candidates – Rosie O’Grady, Giulia Coletti, Alice de Bourg and Mattie Roberts of Casual Nexus and Holly Knox Yeoman – all are recent MLitt Curatorial Practice graduates from the GSA. The purpose of the Fellowship is to curate four stand-alone exhibitions taking themes that relate to work and environmentalism with a related public programme that will involve Skypark tenants. The exhibitions will run from spring to autumn centring on Skypark’s ‘Donated Gallery’ established for the City’s artists and art festivals as an alternative exhibition space to a traditional gallery.

Skypark’s Strategic Lettings Advisor, Angela Higgins of Resonance Capital said: “We are proud to announce the first Skypark Curatorial Fellowship 2019, in partnership with The Glasgow School of Art. The Fellowship with the GSA is a natural progression of our long association since housing the School of Design here, during a campus redevelopment and as a corporate partner of the GSA Degree Show.  It gives early-career opportunities to five Glasgow-based curators, nurturing artistic talent in Scotland while bringing the themes of work and environmentalism to life for our tenants through interaction.  I am delighted to announce that we will launch The Fellowship with Rosie O’Grady’s ‘Strange Weather at Skypark’ curatorial project on 18th March.”

GSA Careers Advisor Lesley Black will lead the project for the GSA. Lesley Black said: “We welcome the GSA’s first Curatorial Fellowship with Skypark. The ‘Donated Gallery’ is an opportunity to give our students context for visual arts professional development for our students. The impact of the partnership will be twofold, contributing to the development of Glasgow-based emerging artists and also early career curators. The project will be supported by two departments at the GSA, Enterprise Studio and MLitt Curatorial Practice.”

The GSA Enterprise Studio connects alumni globally to help develop business skills and contacts for future success.  The MLitt in Curatorial Practice is run jointly by the University of Glasgow and The Glasgow School of Art. The one-year programme offers training to pursue independent and self-directed working, and to lay practical, intellectual and professional foundations for working in future curatorial roles. Students collaborate with the city’s high calibre visual art partners, such as, Glasgow International; GoMA; Tramway; and The Common Guild. A regular exhibition curated by MLitt students takes place at the Hunterian Museum.

Mónica Núñez Laiseca, Senior Lecturer in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) said “Through the MLitt in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) programme graduates are able to work in different types of spaces and with artists of various spanning very different types of practices to stage exhibitions and projects events that explore issues of importance in contemporary society. This year’s Fellows, all recent graduates from the programme, have created intelligent proposals that respond to Skypark’s diverse community of tenants. Scotland produces a wealth of curatorial talent, however the opportunities for early-career curators are limited. My hope is that other organisations will be inspired by this example”.

The four stand-alone exhibitions are scheduled to run from spring to autumn, taking themes that relate to work and environmentalism with a related public programme that will involve Skypark tenants:

18 March – 9 May: Rosie O Grady: Strange Weather at Skypark

6 June – 30 August: Giulia Coletti: The Affectivist Department

August (date to be confirmed) – Alice de Bourg and Mattie Roberts: Casual Nexus 

1-13 September: Holly Knox Yeoman OUTCOMES BEYOND PERFORMANCE


Image: left to right – Alice de Bourg and Mattie Roberts of Casual Nexus, Giulia Coletti, Holly Knox Yeoman and Rosie O’Grady