CuratorSpace was built as a platform to help art organisations manage their open calls – everything from exhibitions and residencies through to commissions and competitions. Since then it has also become the first port of call for thousands of artists looking for opportunities at all stages of their career.
Founded four years ago by artist-curator Louise Atkinson and web developer Philip Bennison, the platform has hosted an astounding number of arts opportunities in over forty-five countries, and has over 27,000 registered members. “We promised ourselves from the beginning that we would never charge artists to apply using CuratorSpace,” says co-founder Louise. “While some organisations may charge a submission fee, CuratorSpace is free for artists to use and there’s always something interesting or challenging to apply for on the site.”
Currently, CuratorSpace has over 70 opportunities and these are constantly changing. One way to stay on top of what open calls are available on CuratorSpace is to sign up for their newsletter – either by registering on the site or entering your email address through the signup form. If opportunities are what you are in search of, alternatively users can browse the open calls that are listed publicly. But this is just the beginning for CuratorSpace.
As an online arts opportunities hub, CuratorSpace is already starting to offer additional subscriptions in order to develop their service to support artists at all levels in developing their careers. As Louise explains, “In 2017 we launched our Artist subscription which gave artists the ability to build a profile on the CuratorSpace website, allowing curators to search artist profiles and invite them to apply to their opportunities. It also let artists apply for our quarterly arts micro-bursary.”
CuratorSpace are moving forward proactively with some imaginative solutions for artists too. As Louise highlights, “this year we launched our public and product liability insurance as part of our new Artist Plus subscription. For just £35 per annum, artists get all the benefits of the Artist subscription with the added benefit of £5 million PPL insurance.” Affordable liability insurance for artists? Now there’s a thought!
If you’re a curator or arts organiser who wants an easier way to connect with artists and manage applications then so take a look at CuratorSpace and the benefits the service offers. The first open call is free, so there’s nothing to lose, after all. On the other hand, if you’re an artist trying to build your practice, then why not head over and take a look at the opportunities listed on the site?