Outside the British Pavilion at Venice
Outside the British Pavilion at Venice, 2022. ©

Cristiano Corte, British Council.

We're delighted to announce the opportunity for a curator to collaborate with British artist John Akomfrah RA on the development of his Commission for the 60th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, opening in Venice in April 2024. This role provides a unique platform for a curator, with experience of commissioning new work and writing for a variety of audiences, to take the next step in their career.

John Akomfrah at his London studio, 2016
John Akomfrah at his London studio, 2016. ©

Jack Hems

Artist Sonia Boyce, in a scarf and beanie, standing next to Emma Ridgway
Emma Ridgway with Sonia Boyce, Biennale di Venezia 2022 ©

Cristiano Corte

Sonia Boyce and I were so delighted and excited to be awarded the Golden Lion for the Best National Participation for the British Pavilion exhibition 2022. It is a real career highlight – one that is shared with the British Council team and the dozens of professional collaborators we worked with in the UK, Venice and beyond. I found curating the British Pavilion both enjoyable and interesting. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to be part of the international art biennale and make new connections, as well as working in the context of global cultural relations; it is thanks to the open call that I had this chance. For 2024, the Shane Akeroyd Associate Curator will have the honour of working with outstanding artist John Akomfrah – it is an excellent opportunity.

Emma Ridgway – Curator of the British Pavilion 2022


About the opportunity

A fee of up to £20,000 is offered for the role subject to confirmation of deliverables upon appointment, since two of the deliverables are optional. Suggested deliverables are outlined in part six of the full Open Call document below.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are underrepresented in the Visual Arts sector.

Submissions must be received by 19 March 2023, 23.59 (UK time).

How to apply

Please download the help guide pdf below. This will explain all about the opportunity and how to apply.

Once you're ready, please complete the online form here and submit before the deadline.

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