OPEN CALL: Early-Career Curator Residency

Friday February 10, 2023
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Early Curator Mentorship Residency

The Regional Cultural Centre and Glebe House and Gallery welcome applications from Irish-based early-career visual art curators. The programme is designed to assist in the professional development of the successful candidate by offering them valuable mentorship opportunities, direct experience in curating professional exhibitions, and opportunities to engage with contemporary artists and art professionals from throughout County Donegal.

The successful candidate will receive both online and in-person and develop a large-scale exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre (November 2023) and an exhibition intervention in the Glebe House (September 2023). These exhibitions can contain work from local and national collections alongside work from Donegal and/or Donegal based visual artists.

The candidate can be based anywhere in Ireland but will need to travel to Donegal to undertake exhibition preparation work, oversee the installation of the exhibition, and make several studio visits to Donegal-based contemporary artists. The RCC can provide a studio/office space for the successful candidate if requested.

2022 Early Career Curator-in-Residence, Rachel Botha

Programme Duration

March – December 2023

Programme Timeline (subject to change)

Initial meetings with RCC & Glebe Gallery.

March – April
Mentorship Sessions.
Meeting Donegal Art Teachers Association

May – July
Mentorship Sessions.
Developing education and audience development programmes to accompany the exhibition.
Studio visits – Donegal Contemporary Artists


Oversee the exhibition installation in Glebe House. This will be a small-scale art intervention placed alongside the Glebe House permanent collection (see collection and tour here:

Finalise exhibition education programme.

Oversee the installation of the exhibition at Regional Cultural Centre.
Optional programming of exhibition-adjacent events such as artist talks, film screenings and/or workshops.

Curator Fee (including expenses)

€6,000 (Northern Ireland-based curators may be subject to Foreign Artist VAT)
€1,000 accommodation assistance for gallery and studio visits.

The curator in residence will work on a freelance basis and will invoice Donegal County Council in three stages.

Who can Apply?

The successful applicant should have:

  • a degree in fine art or an associated field
  • Knowledge and experience of contemporary visual arts in Ireland and beyond
  • An understanding of the issues facing visual artists in developing their practice
  • demonstrable curatorial experience (albeit limited experience)
  • have proven project management skills (albeit limited experience)
  • Proven ability to build relationships with artists, communities and existing and new audiences

How to Apply:

Please forward the following information on PDF or Word Document to

  • Maximum 500-word statement/letter of interest outlining your curatorial approach and how the exhibition will engage with Donegal audiences.
  • Maximum 300-word statement outlining how the opportunity would benefit professional development as a curator.
  • A current CV, please include details/images of previously curated exhibitions
  • Two professional referees


Sunday 5th March, 8pm