BCPS Emerging Curator Award

Winner Announced: Debi Paul


Black Church Print Studio is now inviting applications for its 2021 Emerging Curator Award. This programme is designed to provide a platform for emerging curatorial research. 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 September 2021.**

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.


‘.....emerging curator awards ........ facilitate arts organisations in programming and devising exhibitions and, rather than replacing or eclipsing artists, they are useful in identifying emerging artists'. Aidan Dunne, Irish Times (21 Jan, 2020 - extract from Review of BCPS Pastures Exhibition).


BCPS Emerging Curator Award

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
- Equitable payments for selected exhibiting artists***
- Curatorial award is inclusive of Black Church Print Studio members at a minimum ratio of 1:1 to any external invited artists.
- Creative autonomy
- Professionally designed graphics and invite
- PR, marketing and administrative support
- Technical installation support
- Analyse & Experiment critical thinking session specific to the exhibition


How to apply?


Please see notes below for eligibility for this award. Applications should be emailed to In the subject line please include ‘BCPS Emerging Curator Award'.


Applicants are asked to send the following submission materials:


- Curator CV (2 page max) and a short biography
- Proposal of theme/concept for exhibition. (750 words max)
- Images of proposed/ related art works or other relevant support imagery eg. previous curatorial outcomes etc.
- Short biographies of proposed artists
- Target audiences
- A short statement of interest in working with Black Church Print Studio (150 words max)


Eligibility Notes:

* Open to graduates from 2012 - 2020

**BCPS strictly adheres to HSE Public Health guidelines in relation to Covid 19 for the protection of staff, members and our visitors. With this in mind, while BCPS endeavours to hold a physically situated and publicly accessible exhibition in TLP in September 2021, there should be some flexibility and a willingness to adapt the exhibition proposal to an online/remote viewing format should health guidelines dictate at that time. Technical support will be provided by BCPS in this event.

*** 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 and space.

Testimonial from previous BCPS Emerging Curator Awardees:

‘The Black Church Emerging Curator Award was a valuable experience which allowed me to develop my curatorial practice in a supportive and professional environment. The exhibition and associated press coverage served to expand my networks and audiences and has led to further career opportunities'. Leah Corbett, 2020 Awardee


‘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, 2019 Awardee


‘Through the support provided by Black Church Print Studio, in terms of funding, space, administration and marketing, I was able to focus myself fully on the curatorial aspect of producing the exhibition, which gave me invaluable experience both in a practical and developmental sense'. Roisin Bohan, 2018 Awardee