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The Provost’s Fellowship in Curating

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About the Fellowship

Established in 2020, the Provost’s Fellowship in Curating offers recent graduates of Trinity College Dublin the opportunity to work at The Douglas Hyde for 12 months and gain invaluable experience through hands-on work and mentorship, giving an insight into both the daily workings and programme development of one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art galleries.

The aim of the Provost’s Fellowship in Curating is to foster new generations of curators and arts professionals. The Fellowship offers a stipend of 30,000 euros over 12 months and an additional 2,500 euros to cover travel expenses for approved research trips and/or professional development costs related to the fellow’s field of interest.

The Provost’s Fellowship in Curating is generously supported by the Office of the Provost.

About The Douglas Hyde

Co-founded by the Arts Council and Trinity College Dublin in 1978, The Douglas Hyde is a space to see and learn about contemporary art. Located in the heart of Dublin City at the entrance to Trinity College, it is one of the leading platforms for contemporary art in Ireland, bringing the best of international contemporary art to Ireland and the best of Irish contemporary art to the world. For over 40 years it has shaped generations of artists and arts audiences. Artists are at the core of The Douglas Hyde, an organisation that values excellence, enquiry, experimentation and diversity. Through the programme, the Douglas Hyde delivers opportunities for the creation of new artworks, commissioning emerging and established Irish and international artists. Artworks are presented in the gallery and beyond its walls to produce extraordinary and inspiring experiences.

The Role

The Provost’s Curatorial Fellow, under the direction of the Director, will work independently and collaboratively with the gallery team to gain in-depth experience through practical learning opportunities across exhibitions, new commissions and learning & engagement programmes. Another key part of the Fellowship is self-initiated event to be realised in 2023, under the mentorship of the DHG team, as well as opportunities to connect and collaborate across Trinity’s campus and with other key institutions across Ireland and internationally.

Curatorial Fellows

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to welcome Aisling Clark to the team as the Provost’s Curatorial Fellow 2022 – 2023.

Aisling Clark is an emerging curator currently based in Dublin. Her curatorial interests include commoning, the politics of care, and art institutions. She has curated projects as a Co-Director of the artist-run space Embassy, and assisted with the annual shows of the Exhibiting Societies of Scottish Artists.

Rachel Botha was the inaugural Provost’s Curatorial Fellow 2020 – 2021. Botha is an emerging curator, researcher and writer. Her curatorial practice responds to the local context and investigates how people perceive their social framework. Her outcomes are project dependent, including exhibitions, engagement and outreach programming, archival research and publishing.

As part of her fellowship, Botha presented an event in collaboration with the Radical Institute, exploring better practices of support, collaboration and interdependence in the arts community. For more information please click here.