Emerging Curator Award

Deadline for applications:

5pm, Monday 19 June 2023

We are now inviting applications for our annual Emerging Curator Award for our exhibition scheduled for January 2024. This programme is designed to provide a platform for emerging curatorial research.

To date, Black Church Print Studio exhibition programme has involved significant Irish artists and curators who have approached shows with a keen sense of experimentation. Although the studio activities tend to prioritise print processes, the exhibitions often include expanded print media and alternative forms. This contemporary and inclusive approach to production is what characterises the studio.

This award is open to recent graduates* from academic backgrounds including Art Theory, Art History, Aesthetics and Fine Art backgrounds. The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to realize a public exhibition of work at the prime location of The Library Project at 4 Temple Bar in January 2024.


View gallery layout and wall specifications

‘My exhibition ‘love you my sweaty’ saw the presentation of newly commissioned work, ambitious large scale site specific work and work that had not yet been publicly exhibited. Alongside giving a platform to some of my favorite artists, this opportunity gave me agency for experimenting with personally driven curatorial ideas. The award vouched for my vision and competence in curation, leading to significant freelance and institutional curatorial opportunities’.

Sara Muthi

Awardee in 2023

BCPS Emerging Curator Award

Black Church Print Studio is offering the successful applicant:

  • A €500 curatorial fee
  • A three week exhibition slot at The Library Project with an additional week for installation/take down
  • Accompanying critical thinking session specific to the exhibition lead by the Curator
  • Creative autonomy (but with a focus on Print and Expanded Print Practice)
  • Equitable payments for artists
  • The award stipulates inclusion of BCPS artists at a minimum ratio of 1:1 to any external invited artists
  • Professionally designed graphics and invite
  • Technical installation support
  • Administrative support
  • PR and Marketing

‘I was given exactly what an emerging curator needs; time to develop an idea into an exhibition, time to research various artists, space to hold an exhibition, the central location could not have been better’.

Siobhán Mooney

Awardee in 2019

How to Apply

Work can be submitted directly to [email protected]

In the subject line please state ‘Emerging Curator Award’ application.
Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 19th June 2023.
Please see notes below for eligibility for this award.

Applicants are asked to send the following submission materials:

  • CV (2 page max)
  • Proposal of theme/concept for exhibition. (750 words max)
  • A short statement of interest in working with Black Church Print Studio (150 words max)
  • Images of proposed or related art works or other relevant imagery
  • Images of previous curatorial projects


* Open to graduates from 2015 – 2023
**Black Church Print Studio is committed to the fair and equitable payment of artists (budget for 4/5 artists)

‘I curated Living Balance’, working with artists Hazel Egan, Caoimhe Dalton, Kate Fahey and Suzanne Walsh who I invited to create the exhibition. We collaborated with you to make two special risographs for the show, by Kate Fahey and Suzanne Walsh. I commissioned Manchán Magan to make an audio work called ‘An Encounter with Living Balance’. I gave a Curators talk as part of Art Walk organised by Temple Bar Gallery and Studios and two Curators talks with BA students and tutors Chloe Brennan and Tom O Dea from expanded sculpture, in NCAD. Also, with Black Church Print Studio we commissioned a site specific art work called ‘Palimpsest’ by artist Hazel Egan which I curated, cited within Black Church Print Studio’s glass street cabinet, referencing both the structure and the history of the building’.

Debi Paul

Awardee in 2021/22


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