Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Callout for Curators - 2021 In Focus Curator Forum

Applications are now open for the 2021 In Focus Curator Forum, presented by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale and generously supported by The Ian Potter Foundation.

The In Focus Curator Forum is designed as an intensive and rewarding free program to develop the practice of curation. This professional development program is an exclusive opportunity for emerging and mid-career curators in Australia.

Held from 30 August – 2 September 2021, the In Focus Curator Forum will take place under the backdrop of the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale and will include event invitations, networking opportunities and insights into the production of the Biennale.

A group of 10 curators will be selected from an open callout to be mentored by, and gain unique insight into, the careers of selected established curators: Nici Cumpston, Alasdair Foster, Vikki McInnes, Talia Smith and Jake Treacy. Participating curators will have access to their knowledge and perspective through participation in lively discussions that encourage innovation around the most pressing curatorial concerns and will be provided with unparalleled networking opportunities.

Over four days, both the expert and budding curators will present curatorial case studies and participate in innovative group activities including workshops, explorations and exchanges - all designed to interrogate curatorial practice, sustainability and envision the future.

Curators from any discipline with a keen interest or expertise in photographic media can apply. Participating curators will be required to commit to travel to Ballarat and stay for 5 nights. Participating curators will each receive return travel to Ballarat, accommodation, per diem allowance and invitations to the VIP and Vernissage over the Biennale's opening weekend.

Applications open: Now
Applications close: 21 March 2021
Selected curators contacted: 2 April 2021

Click here to find out more information and apply now.

For all enquiries, please contact


Monday 15 February, 2021
Sunday 21 March, 2021
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Venue Address
12 Lydiard St North, Ballarat

Victoria , Ballarat

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