Curating for Change is a ground-breaking work placement programme for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent curators in museums, funded by an award of £950,900 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
This England-wide programme is managed by Screen South, through its Accentuate Programme. Curating for Change provides a Fellowship and Traineeship programme, which includes fully funded paid work placements with mentoring and training opportunities for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people wanting to pursue a career within museums. Fellows and Trainees will be hosted by more than 20 partner museums from across England - including the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums in Oxford. This will create a network that will begin to tackle the under-representation of disabled people in our museums.
The Pitt Rivers Museum and the Ashmolean Museum are joint-hosting a Fellow as part Cohort 2 of the programme. The Fellowship is 18 months long and full-time, although flexible working is supported.
Why Curating for Change?
Currently there are 14.1 million disabled people living in the UK. 19% of working age adults are disabled. Disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people. The inequalities are further accentuated within the museum sector workforce, with only 4% defining as D/deaf or disabled. Curating for Change will start to address the significant gap in access and employment across the heritage sector which, to date, had been largely ignored.
The rich and diverse history of D/deaf and disabled people is rarely exhibited in museums, with few objects in collections reflecting the history of disabled people. Without D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people in curatorial roles, the challenges are significant in terms of telling authentic narratives that relate to disability history. In addition, there are barriers in the ways in which disabled people experience museums. Exhibitions and displays are predominantly designed for 'normal' bodies, with minimal consideration given to how D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people will navigate and/or experience them.
What will Curating for Change achieve?
Embedding change within host museums, that will in turn, generate learning and actions to be shared more widely across the sector. It will also provide a much-needed platform for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent curators to demonstrate their skills and unique insights, encouraging a new lens through which to consider heritage narratives and ways to engage audiences.
Closing date: Monday 13 June, 10.00
For more information and application details, see: https://screensouth.org/events/cfc-curatorial-fellowships/
For queries about the Pitt Rivers Museum placement, please contact Zena McGreevy, Project Lead at Pitt Rivers Museum Zena.email@example.com.