British Council Call for Applications for Early and Mid-Career Visual Arts Curators: Venice Biennale Delegation, November 2022 (Fully Funded)


Deadline: September 11, 2022

The British Council’s call for applications for Early and Mid-Career Visual Arts Curators: Venice Biennale Delegation, November 2022, is now open. They are seeking applications from five early to mid-career visual arts curators from the UK and five early to mid-career visual arts curators from Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa or Zimbabwe whose practices are collaborative and draw on personal experience or interpretation. identity, gender and race politics.

Together they will travel to the Venice Biennale for an enriching program of activities and events celebrating the historic number of black and African women artists and countries participating for the first time in this year’s Biennale, such as the Cameroon, Namibia and Uganda. They will explore the work of artists such as Golden Lion Best National Entry winner Sonia Boyce, Alberta Whittle and Zineb Sedira, Golden Lion Best Entry winner Simone Leigh, Acaye Kerunen and Na Chainkua Reindorf. The delegation will create opportunities to find synergies between curatorial practice in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK around common issues presented by these themes and made more visible in this year’s Biennale.

This delegation is part of the British Council Visual Arts Biennials Connect programme. The program promotes cross-cultural and cross-border exchange and collaboration by offering curators the opportunity to connect, collaborate and form meaningful partnerships with colleagues around the world and foster future engagement with British Council arts programs and partners .


The delegation is fully funded and includes:

  • A program of networking, events and pavilion visits
  • Travel to and from the airport
  • Lodging
  • A daily allowance of £50 for local meals/travel
  • Access budget to meet atypical child care needs, needs of D/Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent delegates


Candidates do not need to hold a relevant degree or have undergone formal training, but they must:

  • Be over 18 to apply
  • Be based in the UK, but need not be a UK national OR
  • Be based in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa or Zimbabwe but need not be a national of these countries
  • Not be in full-time or part-time formal education
  • Be an early or mid-career curator
  • The program will be delivered in English.
  • This program is not for artists.
  • They will give priority to applications submitted by those who have not received support from the British Council in the past two years.

They recognize that the term “early-to-mid-career conservative” has many definitions and takes many forms. For the purposes of this delegation, they mean the following:

If you are at the start of your career, you will have at least one of the following:

  • A relevant degree or relevant experience (in lieu of formal education) working in the arts sector within an arts organization or independently
  • Experience working with artists on a commission, production or program as part of a larger exhibition or festival
  • Contributed to an exhibition, public program or artistic publication through research or organizational and administrative support

If you’re mid-career, you’ll have at least one of the following:

  • Worked as a visual arts curator within an arts organization or independently
  • Led the curation of at least one high profile exhibit that received significant media coverage
  • Undertook critical research/study on one of the delegation’s themes, either for the development of an exhibition or for publication


Applicants must provide the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae (No more than 2 A4 pages)
  • A letter of support signed by someone you have worked with or for whom you have worked professionally, but NOT a family member or friend (no more than one A4 page)

And must answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want to participate in this delegation and how will it benefit your career development and your connection to the African visual arts sector (for those applying from the UK) or the Kingdom visual arts sector United (for those applying from Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa or Zimbabwe) (Max 350 words)
  • Thinking about the themes of the delegation, which artist participating in the Venice Biennale this year inspires you and why? (Max 250 words)
  • Explain how your personal experience or interpretation of the politics of identity, gender and race informs your curatorial practice (Max 350 words)

For the above questions, applicants can either submit written responses or a video.

If you are submitting a video application, the video must be:

  • No more than five minutes maximum (The selection committee will only watch the first five minutes of longer videos)submitted as an mp4 or mov file
  • Delivered in English and/or with an interpreter for applicants using D/Deaf sign language
  • Candidates must clearly state the question before their answers
  • Clear recording – no distracting background noise etc., but does not need to be professionally recorded
  • No more than 20MB (please note that you may need to compress your file to do this – as long as it’s a clear recording, production quality doesn’t matter)

Applications will be considered incomplete if the Equality and Diversity follow-up questions are not completed, although these will not be used to inform a decision about your application.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Venice Biennale Delegation.


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