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CCA is proud to be one of the seven host organisations for the Jerwood Curatorial Accelerator.

For full application guidance and a range of formats for the guide, please visit jerwoodarts.org.

Jerwood Curatorial Accelerator (JCA) is a new 12-month programme to support ten early-career curators from working class/low socio-economic backgrounds to develop their networks, skills and leadership ambitions.

From July 2022 to July 2023, ten selected JCA Fellows will travel to eight leading visual arts galleries and organisations across the UK for behind-the-scenes insights into their curatorial approach, artist communities and civic role; take part in a co-created online curatorial and leadership development programme; and benefit from individual mentoring. The programme aims to equip them with the networks, skills and knowledge to enable them to fulfil their ambitions and play a part in the future of the visual arts sector.

Seven Host organisations are confirmed and the eighth will be chosen by the selected JCA Fellows. The Hosts are:

  • Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry ̴Londonderry (CCA)
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)
  • Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MiMA)
  • Peak Cymru
  • Somerset House
  • Turner Contemporary
  • Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSI)

The Hosts offer access to a wide breath of approaches to curatorial practice and place, as well as being organisations of different scales and types based in locations across the UK. Each Host organisation will create a two-day programme with the JCA Fellows to introduce them to their work, networks and communities; creating a space for exchange and shared learning around different aspects of curating today. Visits may develop conversations about opening up collections, working in post-conflict contexts, curating with community groups, working with rural infrastructure, the role of writing, and opportunities around civic placemaking; as well as including artist studio visits and networking. You can read more about the Host organisations here.

JCA aims to broaden the diversity of lived experience in curatorial and visual arts leadership. Curators are recognised as having a lot of influence and playing a critical role in improving the diversity and breadth of art that is programmed and shared with the public. However, research suggests there is a significant lack of diverse backgrounds in the visual arts: only 21% of museums and gallery staff are from working class/low socio-economic origins. Data also suggests there is a lack of ethnic diversity, disabled and women in senior leadership roles across the visual arts sector*.

JCA therefore takes an intersectional approach, focusing on identifying and nurturing early-career curators who have faced barriers because of their socio-economic background and identity, and providing a fully funded, inclusive and accessible development programme to enable their careers to thrive.

Key Dates

Open for applicationsThursday 31 March 2022
Application deadline5pm, Tuesday 3 May 2022
Shortlisting decisions communicated to all applicantsFriday, 27 May 2022
Online interviews with shortlisted applicantsWednesday 8, Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June 2022
JCA Fellows 2022 announcedJuly 2022
Visit 1: Yorkshire Sculpture InternationalJuly 2022
Visit 2: Middlesbrough Institute of Modern ArtAugust 2022
Visit 3: Dundee Contemporary ArtsSeptember 2022
Visit 4: Turner ContemporaryNovember 2022
Visit 5: Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry ̴LondonderryFebruary 2023
Visit 6: Somerset HouseMarch 2023
Visit 7: Peak CymruMay 2023
Visit 8: JCA Fellow’s ChoiceJune 2023


What does the programme offer?

JCA is a 12-month programme which offers ten early-career curators support to develop their curatorial and leadership skills. It includes:

  • Eight in-person residential two-day visits to Host organisations across the UK, with the eighth Host chosen by the JCA Fellows
  • An online programme of approximately 12 workshops and talks which you will have the opportunity to shape to help you develop your curatorial and leadership skills
  • A dedicated individual mentor or mentors who will support your career development during the 12-month programme
  • Support from the Jerwood Arts team to develop your profile and networks

The programme is fully funded. It includes:

  • A bursary of £4,000 to support your time spent on the programme which can be either paid directly to you, paid to your employer in order to backfill your role, or split flexibly to enable you to participate
  • All costs for travel to and from, accommodation, local travel, meals and refreshments for visits to Host organisations including any individual access requirements
  • All costs associated with the online programme of workshops and talks
  • An individual budget of £750 for mentoring
  • An access budget supporting the needs of D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent Fellows and/or those with caring responsibilities

We are committed to working with the selected JCA Fellows to understand their individual circumstances and support them to fully participate in the programme.

Who is this programme for?

JCA is designed to support individuals in the early stages of their career who have curating at the heart of their practice. It is specifically for applicants who identify as being from working class/low socio-economic backgrounds, which are underrepresented in curatorial practice and the visual arts in the UK.

Am I eligible?

JCA is specifically for individuals who identify as being in the early stages of their career and come from a working class/low socio-economic background.

Application making advice and support

We are committed to making our opportunities accessible and the application experience as user-friendly as we can. This is part of our ongoing work to welcome and encourage applicants facing barriers to apply.

Meeting your access requirements

You can access this application guidance and the application form in a number of accessible formats at the top of this page. Please note, the application form is provided to help you draft your answers offline before submitting via the online application portal.

The Selection Process

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Tuesday 3 May 2022.

APPLY NOW

Via the APPLY NOW section of the Jerwood Arts website, link here.

Jerwood Curatorial Accelerator (JCA) is designed and delivered by Jerwood Arts, with funding from Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership Fund and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and Art Fund support. Host partners include Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry ̴Londonderry, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Peak Cymru, Somerset House, Turner Contemporary and Yorkshire Sculpture International. The programme has specialist support from people make it work, Dr Dave O’Brien and Annabel Jackson Associates Ltd.

*Source: Brook, O., O’Brien, D. and Taylor, M. (2018) Panic: Social class, taste and inequality in the creative industries.



CCA has an shop (online and in the gallery) stocking our range of artists’ editions, publications, posters and more. We are planning to expand our selection to include limited runs of guest publications from Northern Ireland and beyond. By featuring new and diverse work in CCA’s shop, we will be able to bring our audiences’ attention to spectacular work using the book format by artists and others.

Before you can send your guest publication to us, please complete this form so that we can review it before we grant permission. We’ll be in contact with you once we have the information gathered by the form.

This opportunity does not have a deadline. You are welcome to apply at any time.

Artists with access requirements applying to CCA opportunities are warmly invited to email [email protected] to let us know of any access requirements you may have to reduce any barriers in making your application.

CCA is looking for graphic designers and artists working with design and layouts to call upon for various upcoming projects.

If you are a graphic designer or artist and would like to show us your portfolio, please email your CV, Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, and a one page covering letter listing your skills, competencies, and achievements and names and contact details of two referees to [email protected] with the subject heading 'GRAPHIC DESIGNER/ARTIST APPLICATION' or by post to:

Mel Bradley
Administrator
CCA Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery Street
Derry~Londonderry
BT48 6TG

This opportunity does not have a deadline. You are welcome to apply at any time.

Designers with access requirements applying to CCA opportunities are warmly invited to email [email protected] to let us know of any access requirements you may have to reduce any barriers in making your application.

CCA is looking for ad hoc volunteers to get involved with various areas of CCA’s work including exhibition installation and research. Ad hoc volunteers are sometimes a one-off extra pair of hands for an event or a few days or weeks, depending on the needs of the project and the circumstances of the volunteer. Keep an eye on our website for information on how to apply in the coming months, if you are interested in getting involved longer-term.

As a volunteer you will receive instruction and guidance from CCA staff and will be trained to museum standards in whatever the task requires. We are looking for keen individuals with a passion for contemporary art and willingness to get involved; a desire to learn; professionalism; approachability and a positive attitude; a polite and patient demeanour; and good communication skills with a broad range of people from the general public to arts specialists.

If you would like to become an ad hoc volunteer, please send this form, your CV, and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to [email protected]cadld.org with the subject heading 'CCA AD HOC VOLUNTEER APPLICATION' or by post to:

Mel Bradley
Administrator
CCA Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery Street
Derry~Londonderry
BT48 6TG

This opportunity does not have a deadline. You are welcome to apply at any time.

Volunteers with access requirements applying to CCA opportunities are warmly invited to email [email protected] to let us know of any access requirements you may have to reduce any barriers in making your application.

We are looking to increase our roster of artists to lead inspirational workshops to explore ideas in creative ways as part of our Public Programmes. We run artist-led workshops for local schools and more, introducing ideas and creative practices to a wide range of constituents.

If you are an artist based in Northern Ireland and would like to join our roster, please email your CV, the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and a one page covering letter listing your skills, competencies, and achievements, and the names and contact details of two referees to [email protected] with the subject heading 'ARTIST EDUCATOR APPLICATION' or by post to:

Mel Bradley
Administrator
CCA Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery Street
Derry~Londonderry
BT48 6TG

This opportunity does not have a deadline. You are welcome to apply at any time.

Artists with access requirements applying to CCA opportunities are warmly invited to email [email protected] to let us know of any access requirements you may have to reduce any barriers in making your application.

Until restrictions are eased, the workshop remains closed at this time.

CCA Supports is a multi-stranded programme of activity to support artists to develop their practice.

CCA’s Workshop hosts CCA events, meetings and workshops throughout the year. CCA is designating four days per month to artists, curators, designers and others to use the Workshop space for free during our regular opening hours of Tuesday–Saturday, noon–6pm. The space can be used as a temporary studio, performance space, for meetings or more. The Workshop has tables, chairs, sofa, tea and coffee making facilities and a sink (note: there is no trap on the sink so make sure any hazardous chemicals such as turps are disposed of safely).

If you would like to use CCA’s Workshop Space please email your desired date/s, the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, and a one page covering letter telling us how you'd use the space and how it will benefit your practice to [email protected] with the subject heading 'CCA SUPPORTS WORKSHOP SPACE APPLICATION' or by post to:

Mel Bradley
Administrator
CCA Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery Street
Derry~Londonderry
BT48 6TG

This opportunity does not have a deadline. You are welcome to apply at any time.

Artists with access requirements applying to CCA opportunities are warmly invited to email [email protected] to let us know of any access requirements you may have to reduce any barriers in making your application.