ACC announces the second curatorial competition

10 November 2010 is a curatorial competition, inviting MA and PhD students in the UK to curate an exhibition from the Arts Council Collection. makes the Arts Council Collection directly available to MA and PhD students in Britain. Collection staff will work with the successful candidate(s)in a mentoring role to make an exhibition drawing on the extensive modern and contemporary holdings of the Arts Council Collection.


The project offers a hands-on opportunity for curating as well as an invaluableopportunity to gain real world experience for future professional life.


Equally importantly, it will be an opportunity to create “think-tanks” around the ideas of collections and collecting, and applicants are encouraged to think broadly about approaches to exhibition making.


Benefits to the successful applicants will include close insight into the holdings and functioning of the Collection; privileged access to research material; mentoring from ACC staff, as well as access to Development, Marketing, Press and Learning and Participation teams at the Southbank Centre. A bursary will be awarded to the successful candidate(s) to support travel expenses.


Deadline for applications will be in 30 January 2011, and a winner announced in February 2011.


The selection panel will include:


Caroline Douglas Head of Arts Council Collection

Tom Morton Co-Curator British Art Show 7 and Contributing Editor, Frieze Magazine

Michael Stanley Director Modern Art Oxford

Clare Woods Artist


Members of the Arts Council Collection team are available to give presentations to students about the competition and the collection. Please email if you are interested in arranging a visit.


For application forms and guidelines please click the links below. application form guidelines



The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With nearly 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyondThis website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.