UJ Art Gallery and MTN SA Foundation call for curatorial entries to the New Contemporaries Award
UJ Art Gallery and MTN SA Foundation call for curatorial entries to the New Contemporaries Award

OPPORTUNITY RADAR: call for young curators, enter the New Contemporaries Award today!

MTN SA Foundation, in collaboration with the UJ Art Gallery, has announced a public call to young curators to enter for the prestigious MTN x UJ New Contemporaries Award, now open until 30 September 2024.

This collaborative initiative seeks to empower emerging young curators from the South African contemporary art scene, inviting them to seize this exciting opportunity, launch their careers and make their mark. Applications are now, open. Read on for all the details and how to apply.

The New Contemporaries Award marks an important milestone in the partnership between the UJ Art Gallery and the MTN SA Foundation, which has been flourishing since 2017.

‘The partnership aims to provide mentorships in curatorial training, developing the next generation of contemporary South African artists and curators, and extending both institutions’ footprint in the contemporary arts space,’ says Niel Nortje, MTN Art Collection Manager. Nortje continues, ‘additionally, it attempts to explore digital solutions for art education and skills development among the youth.’

The call will remain open until 30 September 2024 after which the UJ Art Gallery and MTN SA Foundation curatorial teams will review submissions and shortlist candidates by 31 October 2024. The final selection made by the New Contemporary Award Legacy Panel will be announced on 13 February 2025.

‘The MTN x UJ New Contemporaries Award provides a unique opportunity for a young curator to gain exposure and vital experience over several months. As part of the awards programme, the nominated curator will select and collaborate with four artists in curating an exhibition’, says Dr. Dineke Orton, UJ Art Gallery Curator.

‘There will also be an art education winter school targeted at secondary-level learners as well as an arts mentorship program for tertiary students and recent graduates,’ Dr. Orton continues.  

The successful curator will be expected to conduct research, be comfortable with exploring VR possibilities, travel to the selected artists for studio visits and thoroughly plan the exhibition which will open in the beginning of 2026 at the UJ Art Gallery.  

To apply, please complete the application form.