An Grianán Young Curators: Call Out

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Are you 18 to 25 years of age? Interested in the arts? Would you like to curate a programme of events for us?

An Grianán Theatre is seeking two young people to join our Young Curators programme for 2023/24.

What does curate mean? It’s about programming and producing creative work in the performing and visual arts. This means that you will select shows that you have seen for An Grianán Theatre’s programme of events or you might make a show in collaboration with the young curators in other venues. Curating means that you will manage the event from the first conversation with the artists to the day of the performance, making sure everything runs smoothly on the day. In this you’ll be supported by the team here at An Grianán, the young curators at the other participating venues, and the professionals hired to support the programme.

Young Curators Festival

An Grianán and its partner venues in the Nasc Touring Network have teamed up to present a Young Curators Festival programme across all eight venues in the network in June 2024.

The programme will run from June 2023 and will culminate in a festival in June 2024 which will be programmed by our young curators.

Throughout the year you’ll have the opportunity to meet up with other young curators from across the NASC Network, both online and in person.

You’ll receive mentoring from industry professionals in marketing, touring and venue management. You’ll learn about negotiating deals, how to approach artists and companies, and how to manage budgets. You’ll also visit the Galway International Arts Festival in July 2023 which will be an opportunity to meet your fellow curators in person and experience some excellent arts programming in the flesh.

In Spring 2024 you will work towards programming events for our Young Curators Festival which will take place during June 3rd to June 8th 2024.

Who should apply?

The programme is ideal for those ages 18 to 25 who would like to gain experience in working in the arts, especially those interested in venue and festival management and programming. We welcome expressions of interest from students and recent arts graduates and also those coming from less traditional educational backgrounds. We encourage applications by people from a diversity of national, ethnic or cultural groups, including, but not limited to, Asian, Black, Traveller and minority ethnic, refugees, people with disabilities, neurodiverse people, working-class and LGBTQI+.

Each curator will receive a payment of €2,500.

Closing date for applications:

If interested please contact Patricia McBride by email here no later than 1pm on Friday 5th May telling us a little bit about yourself and why you want to participate in this programme (max 300 words). This may be submitted in writing, or by voice note or video.

About the Nasc Network:

Established in 2006, the Nasc Network is a partnership of eight venues who work together to present touring projects and share marketing and other areas of expertise. The network previously presented a Young Curators festival during lockdown in June 2021.

The Nasc Network Venues are An Grianán Theatre (Letterkenny), Backstage (Longford), Dunamaise (Port Laoise), Glór (Ennis), The Lime Tree (Limerick), The Pavilion (Dun Laoghaire), Siamsa Tíre (Tralee) and Town Hall Theatre (Galway).

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