Accentuate is a national programme that creates ground-breaking opportunities for D/deaf and disabled people in the cultural sector.
They have just received go ahead through EOI stage for ACE’s leadership programme for a curatorial placement programme for D/deaf and disabled curators entitled Curating for Change; Disabled People Leading Within Museums.
As part of the full funding bid they need to secure four partner museums, of varying sizes across England, to host a fully-funded placement for one person each – probably over an 18 month period.
The partner museum would need to:
- support the person as part of their curatorial team and this role would operate in a similar way to a curatorial assistant role – as the person may need to learn some skills as part of the programme
- provide a space for a temporary exhibition/display, as part of the programme there would be an expectation to produce an exhibition
- support their development there would be an element of mentoring
With only around 4% of people working within museums defining as deaf or disabled, the evidence shows there is a significant under-representation of disabled people and this urgently needs to be addressed.
Deaf and disabled people also bring a range of skills and new perspectives with them and this offers exciting opportunities for museums to really think about their engagement with diverse audiences, accessible interpretation and the possibility to tell stories that have previously not been told.
If you’d like to find out a bit more please email Esther Fox, Head of Programme, at Accentuate.