After the overwhelming response to Babylon Arts’ 2020 pilot project, the Arts Council England has offered its support once more to bring another, even more progressive, Babylon Young Curators (BYC) programme in 2023.
Running from March until the end of October, the new BYC project will reach out to more young people, offering opportunities to network, comment, influence, create and curate and to make an impact in the local community with exciting and ambitious creative ideas
This new phase is also a chance to celebrate and welcome back the two successful BYCs from the pilot phase to mentor and lead some workshops for the new recruits, both who have gone on to successfully gain employment and pursue their creative careers.
Babylon Arts is calling out to young people aged 18 – 26 who would like the opportunity to develop their skills and experience in bringing together exciting and innovative exhibitions with support from arts professionals.
Besides the chance to curate a major creative project or exhibition in or connected to our gallery space and the chance to develop your skills and knowledge, and to gain valuable new experiences with the support of professional mentors, each young Curator will also receive a £2325 bursary, plus travel allowance.
This year there is also a chance for ten successful applicants to become ‘Young Associates’ and work with us on projects, installations and community engagement via the arts and ultimately to become the ‘youth voice’ of Babylon Arts. The call-out for the Young Associates will follow once the two Babylon Young Curators are on board, so watch this space.
Michael Corley, CEO of Babylon Arts says: “You really don’t need any special qualifications to apply. We are looking for young people who are enthusiastic, full of ideas and willing to devote time to developing skills which will serve as a springboard to the next steps in their career in the creative industries.”
Babylon Arts are inviting applications from young people across Cambridgeshire and beyond, but also hope that young people from East Cambridgeshire and Fenland will see this as an opportunity to get involved with their local arts organisation.
Liz Falconbridge, Babylon Young Curators Project Manager says: “We also welcome those who may be facing barriers to advancing their creative careers due to rural isolation, being marginalised in some way or with protected characteristics. We can offer assistance if you have access needs or require specific support to make an application, so please do get in touch.”
For more information and to apply click here.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on 10th March and interviews are on Tuesday 21st March.