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Open Call: Curator in Residence


Established in 2019, our Curator in Residence programme invites curators based in the UK to develop a major exhibition and a public programme of events that engage with our audiences. For this opportunity, we are seeking a curator to collaborate with us on our Radical Ancestry programme, which focuses on different notions of belonging. The residency will be based between FACT and working remotely, and runs from November 2021 until October 2022.

Click here to download the Open Call description.


During the residency, the curator will work closely with FACT’s exhibitions, learning and marketing teams to develop their exhibition and public programme. The residency will allow for remote working but should include multiple extended stays in Liverpool during development, production, installation and the exhibition run.

The curatorial approach can be from any practice or background, and should focus on imagining visionary futures that consider non-white, or global perspectives.

Curators' proposals should focus on working with 1 or 2 artists, or a collective, to:

  • Create an ambitious, audience-focused presentation (either a new commission or significant restaging) to take over FACT’s largest, ground floor gallery in Summer 2022.

  • Design a public programme which expands the scope of the exhibition and is focused on audience interaction and engagement interaction with audiences, rather than interpretation and explanation through events.

The Curator in Residence will work with the team, forming connections with their curatorial practice and FACT’s programme for 2021/22: this includes the opportunity to help develop already ongoing commissions and residencies. Together, we will think about how we develop projects with their selected artists that engage not only our audiences, but also the communities that we work with in Liverpool.

For more information about this, and all of the deliverables, please download the document at the bottom of this page. This document also talks more about Radical Ancestry as well as the context and aims of the residency.

Financial Support

The curator in residence will receive a fee of £7,500 plus a budget of £2,500 for travel and accommodation (including research trips).

The fee is based on a rate of £200-250 per day, giving approximately 30 days for work on the various projects, supported by our team.

Technical & Administrative Support

In addition to financial support, the Curator in Residence will receive support from the team at FACT. The team will help to realise the curator’s vision for the summer projects, and also nurture the curator’s developing practice: how they work with artists, institutions and audiences. This support includes insights from across the whole organisation, from curatorial and participatory to technical and promotional.

“Having the time, space and opportunity to discuss my ideas with the team at FACT has been invaluable in terms of my development as a curator/producer…. I would not have found this level of support or expertise at another art institution in the UK and this highlights FACT’s unique offering to the artworld” - Helen Starr, 2019 Curator in Residence.

How to Apply

To apply, please use the following form:

You will be asked to submit a current CV or portfolio (this can be a link to your website) along with a proposal. The proposal must be no longer than five pages, or if you would like to submit a video or audio file, no longer than 5 minutes. Proposals can include images and artist names as reference materials.

If you require access support for your application, or have any queries, please email us at or call FACT on 0151 707 4444. This mailbox is monitored Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 17:00.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates who have Black, Asian or Global Majority heritage and/or who are from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Deadline for open call: Midnight Sunday 24 October 2021
Shortlisting and Selection: w/c Monday 1 November
Initial meetings and contracting: w/c Monday 8 November