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Dance artist/curator mentorship scheme

In March 2014 Siobhan Davies Dance, with the support of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, launched a new mentorship scheme to explore collaborative conversations between curators of art and performance and dance artists and makers.

The aim of the scheme is to build confidence and understanding of how performance can be seen in galleries and institutions. Over a year, selected dance artists are paired with a curator to meet at least four times to explore new ways of working informed by the other’s point of view.

The programme aims to foster relationships that encourage curators to embrace the art form of dance and collaborate with dance artists to commission new work. The parties are each mentor and mentee - both with knowledge to impart to the other, and open to feedback. At the core of this programme is the recognition that curators are well informed about the acquisition and interpretation of artworks and are expected to inform, educate and inspire the public. Dance artists are practiced in developing dance as an art form and constantly seek new ways of deepening their engagement with the world around them. The knowledge exchange between the two disciplines develops an understanding of how dance artists can be recognised more integrally within the visual art world.

In 2016/17 the scheme will focus on the themes of our EU partnership project, Dancing Museums, and the challenges of dance within collection focused gallery and museum spaces.

Selected curator / dance artist pairings for 2016/17 include: 

Jenny Powell, Senior Curator, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Phillipe Blanchard, Dance Artist, London

Julie-Ann Delaney, Curator, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Julie Cunningham, Dance Artist, London

Hugo Worthy, Arts Curator, De Montfort University, Leicester and Antonio de la Fe, Dance Artist, London