The Contemporary Art Society was founded in 1910. The organisation was established as a pressure group that actively supported younger artists over a sustained period.
It was founded by seven individuals including Roger Fry, artist, lecturer, critic and Curator of the Metropolitan Museums of Art in New York and DS McColl, Keeper of the Tate Gallery (1906 to 1911). McColl and Fry saw that there was a role for an organisation to purchase more adventurous work from younger, living artists for national collections.
Curatorial Practice and the Museum: Working with Collections of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Applications Welcomed: Three Curatorial Fellowships
2010 is the Contemporary Art Society's centenary year. To celebrate, a Centenary Programme will take place in partnership with many of the sixty-three member museums across the UK.
For 100 years, the Contemporary Art Society has acted as a catalyst for visual arts in the UK, developing audiences, artists, curators, collectors and collections alike. It has played a unique and visionary role by donating more than 8,000 works to institutions in Britain, where art is enjoyed by many generations. The Programme will include, exhibitions, publication, talks and events. Also, as part of the programme, we are delighted to be able to offer three Curatorial Fellowships to focus on our work with public collections. The Fellowships, based within the collections, aim to bring additional contemporary art, curatorial expertise right to the heart of the staff teams working within the museums. The initiative is designed to offer the Fellow curatorial experience of working with and planning the future of a public collection. This may relate to modern, contemporary and historic collections.
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery - 6 months in duration.
Timed to coincide with the re-hanging of the permanent collection, a moment that provides The Castle with an opportunity to step back and review current practice. The Curatorial Fellow will work with the team to plan the new installation of the collection and devise a new exhibition for the Museum and Art Gallery for the 2011 programme. The Curatorial Fellow will work with the team to plan the new installation of the collection and devise an exhibition for the Museum and Art Gallery for the 2011 programme.
Deadline for application: Monday 8 February 2010.
Interviews to be held at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery on 17 February. Start date negotiable, anticipated to be in September 2010
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry - 6 months in duration.
A Curatorial Fellow with a specialism in contemporary art and digital media will lead strategic thinking and participate in developing a strategy for the future role of contemporary art within The Herbert's complex programme. The Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to the public programme either through the exhibition or events programme.
Deadline for applications Monday 1 February 2010.
Interviews to be held at The Herbert, Coventry on 15 February. Start date negotiable, anticipated to be in April/May 2010
At the Contemporary Art Society - 12 months in duration.
Working with the team that generates the programme for the National Network, a membership scheme for arts professionals, the majority of whom work with public collections. The programme includes; events, conferences seminars and national and international research trips. The Fellow will be focused on the development an on-line resource. This is an opportunity for a curator who is interested in generating and gathering information from a discursive national programme with the aim of creating a continuous and growing resource that will support the sector.
Deadline for applications Monday 8 February 2010.
Start date, as soon as possible.
For application forms and detailed position descriptions, please visit the Contemporary Art Society's website.
For more information on all three fellowships please email: nationalprogrammes -at contemporaryartsociety.org