Open Call – Curator/Researcher in Residence at Art360 Foundation in partnership with International Curators Forum 

Art360 Foundation and International Curators Forum are seeking curators and researchers interested in engaging with and developing work around the archive of British-Caribbean artist Aubrey Williams. The Guyana-born artist is credited as being one of the most important post-war British painters, noted for bringing together a spectrum of visual references and cultural perspectives in his work. Trained as an agronomist, Williams held an array of interests from pre-Columbian iconography, classical music and ornithology, and was a founding member of the Caribbean Artists Movement.

Williams’ archive is currently held at Art360 Foundation in London, and the aim of this opportunity is to encourage and facilitate new and dynamic readings of his work and practice through an active engagement with the personal documents and items held there. Supported by ICF, successful applicants will review the materials – such as exhibition materials, photographs, personal correspondence, press clippings and political documents – in the archive and develop a new strand of research and analysis.

Work on the Aubrey Williams archive was underway before Covid-19, with documentation and reporting on the contents of the archive close to completion. Although physical access to the archive won’t be possible until social isolation measures change, the appointed curator/researcher can utilise existing records to begin preliminary research remotely. The residency will continue with direct access to the archive at a future date.

Please submit your CV and an expression of interest of no more than 500 words by Monday 15 June at 17:00 to contact@art360foundation.org.uk. Informal interviews will be held during the last two weeks of June and the successful applicant notified in the first week of July. 

Fees and resources:

  • Curatorial/research fee of £2,000 for work over an 8-month timeframe, a portion of these funds can be allocated towards preliminary research whilst social isolation measures are in place  
  • Travel up to £200
  • Desk space at Art360 Foundation
  • Professional and project development support through ICF

Timeline:

  • Deadline: 15 June 2020
  • Informal interviews: 22 June – 3 July 2020
  • Residency timeframe: July 2020 – February 2021

Eligibility:

  • This opportunity is open to emerging and mid-career curators and researchers based in the UK
  • We particularly want to address the imbalances in representation within the sector; we will prioritise applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, those who identify as Deaf/Disabled and/or LGBTQI.

Images: Aubrey Williams Archive (c) Aubrey Williams Estate. Photo: Art360 Foundation.