Emerging Curators Development Program

The Moyne Virtual Gallery (MVG) Emerging Curators Development Program is a paid youth mentorship program to support young people interested in knowing how to curate exhibitions or interested in the fields of arts management.

The program will appoint two young people to develop an online exhibition program for the MVG. The curators will be mentored by professional arts workers to support the development and delivery of the exhibitions.

The aims of the MVG Emerging Curators Development are to develop the capacity of emerging arts and cultural practitioners to undertake activities that enables them to develop a range of skills appropriate to curatorial work for virtual and real life exhibitions.

This opportunity is proudly presented by Moyne Shire Council and is supported by VicHealth Jumpstart Fund.

The Basics

The program sees two young individuals contracted from November 2022 - August 2023 to participate in the program. At least one of the selected individuals will be a young Indigenous person.

You do not need to be an artist to be interested in this role.

The successful applicants will be paired with an established arts practitioner from the Hamilton Gallery or Cultural Artist & Arts Worker Sherry Johnstone.

It is anticipated mentees will be required to commit 6-8 hours per week over 6 months, however hours and commitment can be discussed.

The successful applicants will work for themselves, managing working days and hours. The successful applicants will use their own tools (e.g. laptop, computer, phone, home office).

The successful applicants will need to provide Council with an ABN. For information or to apply for an ABN go here

Insurance cover will be provided by Moyne Shire Council for the duration of the project.

What's In It For You?

A window into the world of the creative industries.

Hands-on experience planning, curating and delivering your own exhibition program.

Acquire specialist knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a curatorial/arts management career.

Access to a network of curators, artists and creative professionals.

Meet like-minded individuals passionate about the arts.

Showcase your work to a local and national audience.

Exposure and connections as you look to kick-start your education and/or career in the arts.

Payment for participation in the program


Each participant will receive a $6,000 stipend for participation in the program. The stiped covers travel expenses to attend mentor and coordinator meetings, administrative expenses including phone & internet plus the creation and delivery of two online exhibitions in the Moyne Virtual Gallery between November 2022 – August 2023.

Payment schedule: 50% payment will be made on signing of contract, 25% upon delivery of exhibition one and the remaining 25% paid upon completion of the program.

Who Is Eligible?

Applicants must be aged between 18 and 25 years on 1 November 2022.

Applicants must reside within one of the following local government areas: Moyne Shire, Warrnambool City Council, Glenelg Shire, Southern Grampians or Corangamite Shire. If you live less than 2km beyond these local government boundaries, you are also eligible to apply.

Applicants must have capacity to create and deliver two online exhibitions between November 2022 – August 2023. Content of the exhibitions will be defined by each curator and can be guided by mentor advice. Exhibitions must not contain:

  • Violent or graphic content
  • Animal abuse content
  • R rated content

Who Should Apply?

We are looking for young people who are wanting to explore and extend their skill set as fuel for the future – both creatively and professionally. The aim is to provide you with space for growth, and the seeds for new ideas and ways of working – you will not be expected to already come equipped with specialist knowledge or skills.

You might be:

  • Looking to develop relationships with experienced arts workers to explore career pathways in a supportive, informal environment.
  • Wishing to gain inspiration and confidence through networking with other arts practitioners.
  • Looking to learn how exhibitions are put together and gain knowledge in the day-to-day functioning of an art gallery from the inside.
  • Wanting to learn from professional arts practitioners/curators.
  • Wanting to gain work experience and a broader knowledge of the creative industries.
  •  Looking to learn arts administrative skills.

You will have:

  • Self-motivation and discipline.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A passion for learning.
  • A willingness to learn.

What's Involved?

The successful applicants will be paired with an established arts practitioner. The nature of the mentorship is up to each individual mentor. It is an opportunity for skills, knowledge and experience to be passed from practicing established arts workers to an emerging arts worker to support the development of an exhibition program.

The mentee is expected to meet with their mentor a minimum of six times over the 2022/2023 mentorship.

The mentee is expected to attend a fortnightly 30 minute check in (via zoom) with Project Coordinator, Rebecca Elmes from Moyne Shire Council.

Mentees are required to develop and present an online exhibition program (two exhibitions) in the Moyne Virtual Gallery over the 2022/2023 mentorship.

Mentees may be required to participate in public presentations. This will be a fast paced role with inflexible timelines.

The successful applicant will receive:

One-on-one mentorship through a series of face-face, online and email engagement (hours to be determined between mentor and mentee).

Regular feedback on the curatorial and conceptual development of the exhibition program.

Support with budgeting and procurement (purchasing) processes and project management.

Support with industry networks.

Marketing and promotional support.

Project support in the form of an exhibition budget approved and managed by the project coordinator (to be used for artist fees, public relations support, and the production of accompanying marketing material).

How Does The Application Process Work?

Eligible applicants are welcome to submit an Expression of Interest by 10am Monday 3 October 2022.

All applicants will be checked for eligibility by Moyne Shire Council staff and shortlisted by our MVG Emerging Curators Development Program selection team. This team will comprise arts industry experts.

Who Are The Mentors?

Hamilton Gallery - A local treasure for over 60 years, the gallery presents a range of exhibitions, programs and events that stimulate understanding, awareness and enjoyment of the visual arts. The gallery is run by a passionate and professional team with a wide range of skills and experience. The gallery will support the mentee drawing on their expertise in industry-specific areas, including collections management, exhibition development and design, curation, marketing, public programming & education as well as front of house and visitor experience.

Marr Nation-Gunditjmara artist Sherry Johnstone, is a proud descendant of the Keeray Woorroong people from the Framlingham Aboriginal Mission in South West Victoria. As an arts professional she has worked as Curator of Cultural Engagement at the Warrnambool Art Gallery and delivered many public programs including the Ngtook Collective program for Aboriginal female secondary school students from our region. Sherry will share her story as a professional artist and arts practitioner including cultural knowledge, challenges, skills and experiences as well as support the development of cultural networks, and encourage cultural professional development.


Key Dates


5 September      Expressions of Interest Open

3 October            Expressions of Interest Close

November          Mentoring Commences

Nov – Dec            Exhibition Planning Commences


Jan – April            Exhibition #1 Planning Continues

Jan – June           Exhibition #2 Planning Continues

April                       Public Showing Exhibition #1

June                      Public Showing Exhibition #2