LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Curator Opportunity

LeftCoast Studio – Assistant Curator Opportunity Seaside Towns out of Season Exhibition

Artist: Jill Reidy

Time: 5 days

LeftCoast are working with local Photographer and Artist Jill Reidy, to create an opportunity for an aspiring Curator, to support her in the selection & presentation of works for her forthcoming exhibition, Seaside Towns out of Season at Abingdon Studios in late September 2017.

LeftCoast Studio offers professional practice development opportunities at three levels – Associate, Assistant and Placement ? this is an assistant level role and as such is not paid but the person selected will have all travel and subsistence expenses covered for their time working with us.? For more information about the LeftCoast Studio scheme please visit?Studio

This Assistant Curator role is expected to involve approximately five days work and will involve:

  • Supporting Jill to curate a suitable selection of works from her recent photography road trip around seaside towns throughout England.
  • Helping to design the exhibition format and presentation of works.
  • Assisting with the hanging of works for the exhibition.
  • Attending & helping at the private view opening event

This is an opportunity to gain experience assisting a local artist who is developing an exciting new exhibition and presenting work funded through a highly successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

We need a person with a pro-active attitude who is happy to be flexible in their approach to supporting the project. This is an ideal opportunity for a recent graduate or current student at HE undergraduate or post graduate level who is interested in gaining experience and a better understanding of what a curatorial role in the arts involves. Jill is excited to work with someone who can bring their creative ideas and enthusiasm to help her edit 2000 images down to the 20 that really tell the story of her adventure and explore the inherent split personality of seaside towns.

How to Apply:

To apply for this opportunity please email jenny.rutter@leftcoast.org.uk with the answers to the following questions (no more than 400 words in total) by Sunday 13th August at 5pm.

  1. What interests you about this opportunity?
  2. What do you feel you could bring to this project?
  3. What would you hope to gain from this experience?

Please also tell us?

  1. a) Your name
  2. b) Your contact email & telephone
  3. c) Your address & Postcode.


More about Jill Reidy & Seaside Towns out of Season:

A Solo Photographic Road Trip had been on my bucket list for a long time.

Originally a Londoner, I’ve lived in Blackpool for the past forty years, and loved (nearly) every minute of it. As a photographer, this town is a dream. I turned sixty five this year and the time had come to step out of my comfort zone and drive off into the wilderness (well, first stop Whitley Bay…) in my little Smart Car, armed only with a SatNav, a bag of cameras, the odd change of clothes and enough energy, grit, determination and petrol to visit seven or eight seaside towns in just over a week.

I was interested in what makes these towns tick out of season. ?I love to find the unusual, the quirky side of places I visit, and this is what I was looking for along the way. ?As I?travelled around I realised there were two sides to every town: ?the rundown/quirky; and the beautiful seascapes and sunsets. ? I?ve tried to include both sides in the final project. ?I?ve held several exhibitions over the last few years, but never one that depicted so many destinations. ?My stops were: ?Whitley Bay, Whitby, Scarborough, Great Yarmouth, Southend, Margate, Brighton. ?I?also visited Exeter and Exmouth on a separate trip, with the aim of shooting images along the same theme. ?And, of course, no project about seaside towns would be complete without including Blackpool and Fleetwood.

I’m a writer/storyteller as well as a photographer and I loved hearing personal stories about the towns.?I?ve already collated many of the images and produced a 100 page photo book. ?Now I?m working towards an exhibition in Blackpool in late September.

It would be great to have some help with curating the exhibition. I?m notoriously bad at making decisions, so choosing 20 images out of about 2000 is my idea of a nightmare.


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