Babylon Young Curators is a programme initiated in 2020 which offers young people age 18 – 26 an opportunity to develop their skills and experience.
In summer 2020 we advertised the Young Curators opportunity and were overwhlemed with the number of responses. It was a privillage to receive so many applications from young people with ideas, commitment and a real passion for the arts. There is no doubt in our minds that programmes like this are incredibly important to support and give opportunities to young talent in our industry.
We were very pleased to offer two places on the Babylon Young Curators programme to Olu Taiwo and Sid White-Jones. Olu and Sid started with us in September 2020 working alongside the Babylon team and their mentors. In spring 2021, they both presented their exhibitions; No Frost at Night by Sid White-Jones and I Matter by Olu Taiwo.
Having now completed the programme, Sid and Olu have gone on to pursue their creative careers. Sid White-Jones has gained a job in Arts Development at Peterborough Museum and continues to develop his photographic work. Olu is assisting in the touring of his exhibition, I Matter and is looking towards a future in curation as well as developing his own creative practice.
We hope to gain funding to continue the programme in 2022.
Click here to view the virtual tour of Olu's exhibition I Matter.
Click here to view the virtual tour of Sid's exhibition No Frost at Night.
Olu (photo: left) and Sid (photo: right) at Babylon Gallery.
Babylon Young Curators is a year-long programme supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The programme is committed to giving professional development and support to young people wishing to explore a career in the visual arts. Our Young Curators have the opportunity to learn new skills, work with artists, and develop their ideas with the support of experienced professionals. The time commitment is approximately 1 day a week, and each Babylon Young Curator receives a bursary (or award) of £1,650 for taking part in the programme.
Here is our Chief Executive, Claire Somerville, talking more about the programme and the application process.
Here are a few words from one of our mentors, Liz Falconridge:
Hannah Saunders, who completed a similar young curators programme with Peterbough Presents, talks about her experiences and encourages you to apply: