Leah Corbett is currently one of the Co-Director of Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast.

Proposal of theme/concept for exhibition - Leah Corbett

My current area of research considers the cultures and traditions of the past and examines their place in contemporary society. Drawing on traditions and crafts which have been passed down from generation to generation, I am interested in how these can be reframed to reflect current culture and values. In particular, how rituals and customs of rural Ireland have changed and developed over time.





Black Church Print Studio is now inviting applications for its 2020 Emerging Curator Award. This programme is designed to provide a platform for emerging curatorial research.


Black Church Print Studio's exhibition programme has involved significant Irish artists and curators who have approached shows with a keen sense of experimentation. Although the studio activities tend to prioritise print processes, the exhibitions often include alternative forms. This contemporary and inclusive approach to production is what characterises the studio.


This award is open to recent graduates* from academic backgrounds including Art Theory, Art History, Aesthetics and Fine Art backgrounds. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to realize a public exhibition of work at the prime location of The Library Project in Temple Bar in January 2020.


Deadline for applications: Friday 20th September 2019

Black Church Print Studio is offering the successful applicant:

- A €500 curatorial fee
- A three week exhibition slot at The Library Project with an additional week for installation/take down
- Creative autonomy**
- Equitable payments for selected exhibiting artists***
- Professionally designed graphics and invite
- PR, marketing and administrative support
- Technical installation support
- An ‘A&E Session', a public dialogue event specific to the exhibition



Applicants are asked to send the following submission materials:

- A CV (2 page max)
- Proposal of theme/concept for exhibition. (750 words max)
- A short statement of interest in working with Black Church Print Studio (150 words max)
- Images of proposed, related art works or other relevant support imagery eg. previous curatorial outcomes etc.
- Work can be submitted directly to info@blackchurchprint.ie in the subject line please state ‘Emerging Curator Award' application.



Black Church Print Studio's exhibition programme is a contemporary, engaging and dynamic platform emphasising print and expanded print practice as an ever-evolving creative mode of production. We strive to celebrate print as a hybrid art form that perpetually occupies a unique interstitial position between art, technology, design, industry, literature and the sciences. Twice a year the studio invites both an established and an emerging curator to respond to the medium with fresh eyes, bringing with them new curatorial perspectives and new expertise. An important facet to this programme is the curator's selection (and merging) from Black Church studio members with the option of also inviting external artists, yielding energetic and interdisciplinary exhibitions that explore ideas and issues in response/relating to to the print medium, realised through differences in artistic and curatorial approach. We aim to facilitate inclusive and meaningful audience engagement through public tours, clearly written exhibition texts and through our ongoing A&E panel discussions.



Testimonials from Previous Winners:


As an emerging curator it is difficult to find and create opportunities as there is very little specifically aimed at curators. I met with Hazel and David in Black Church and from this first meeting onwards I felt really well supported, I was entirely allowed to make the show my own and felt completely comfortable asking for help when it was needed. I chose two of the artists myself from my own research and the other two artists were BCPS members, I think this system was really fair and worked really well, Hazel was extremely helpful in organizing the open call. I feel that the structure of this award was really well thought through. I was given exactly what an emerging curator needs; time to develop an idea into an exhibition, time to research various artists, space to hold an exhibition, the central location could not have been better.
Siobhán Mooney, Winner in 2019

The ‘Emerging Curator' award was the first opportunity given to me where I felt I was working at a professional level. Through the support provided by Black Church Print Studio, in terms of funding, space, administration and marketing support, I was able to focus myself fully on the curatorial aspect of producing the exhibiting, which gave me invaluable experience both in a practical and developmental sense. More opportunities have come out of this experience, such as further curatorial work and jobs with RHA Gallery and TBG+S.
Roisin Bohan, Winner in 2018

* Open to graduates from 2012 - 2019
** Curatorial award is inclusive of Black Church Print Studio members at a minimum ratio of 1:1 to any external invited artists.
*** Black Church Print Studio is committed to the fair and equitable payment of artists. As such decisions around number of artists should be made bearing in mind available budget (approx €750).




For more information:
info@blackchurchprint.ie | 01 6773629