September 17, 2019

Open Call | Curator of International Lace Exhibition, Headford, Galway

Application deadline: 27 September, 5pm.

The Headford Lace Project is a community initiative, established in 2016, to research, revive and reimagine Headford’s lace-making heritage, which dates back to the mid 1700s. The project achieves its objectives through the delivery of skills workshops, arts collaborations and community engagement.

The Headford Lace Project will work with a curator to assemble and exhibit pieces of traditional and contemporary lace from around Ireland and Europe. The exhibition will be creatively installed in the windows of businesses on Main Street, Headford and will form part of the Galway 2020 Small Towns, Big Ideas programme.

This exhibition will feature traditional and contemporary lace (created using a range of techniques and materials) made in Headford as well as submitted pieces from around Ireland and Europe. These pieces will be made in a variety of styles around a given theme (to be decided). This is no ordinary exhibition as Headford does not have a gallery. Instead the chosen pieces will be shown in the business windows of Main Street. Liaising with local businesses and coordinating the creative installation will form a key part of the job.

The Headford Lace Project have also commissioned two artists to create larger pieces which may be outdoors. They anticipate that those artists will install the pieces themselves in conjunction with the curator.

The Ideal Candidate
In addition to relevant experience the curator may have a particular interest in or sensitivity towards at least one of the following:

  • Community led exhibitions or art projects
  • Fabric and textile arts and crafts
  • Women’s history
  • Rural North Galway

The curator will oversee the installation of the artwork to ensure it complies with all necessary safety requirements.

The Headford Lace Project has been granted monies by Galway 2020 for the creation of this exhibition and the project is seeking proposals that will include curator fees, fees for any other workers involved in installation, materials (hardware, lighting etc) and site works in the region of €3,500.

Proposed Timeline

Immediate: open call for curators to submit cv detailing relevant work by 27th September.
Sometime before 24th January: brief, theme, all details decided with curator (exact time depends on availability)
3rd Feb 2019: open call for submissions issued
4th September: all submissions received
Early October 2020: Exhibition

The candidates are required to submit the proposal form attached to Examples of previous work may be included but submissions should be limited to a maximum of 2 documents (proposal form and one other). Candidates who reach the shortlist will be notified in October and they hope to begin work immediately.

Open Call | Curator of International Lace Exhibition, Headford, Galway