Curator Programme

Multistory and Sandwell Council are partnering with Don’t Settle (Beatfreeks) on a Curator Programme specifically for the Black Country. Between January and August 2021, we’ll deliver two creative programmes that help young people of colour aged 16-25 to grow professionally, gain knowledge of arts, heritage, governance and research and get the necessary experience to help build their CV. It’s free to participate, and will consist of regular professional development workshops, and as a result they will get the chance to produce an arts festival and exhibition.

Apply to take part in the Curator Programme here: ‪https://bit.ly/3k4d3h6

Deadline for applications is 14 January 2021.


We are really excited about our new programme and we want to share our excitement with you by delivering a taster session and give a little teaser as to what young people can expect from the programme.

When: Wednesday 2 December at 6pm

Where: online via Zoom

Get insight into what activities you can expect from the programme, meet other likeminded creative people, and ask any questions you might have.

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dont-settle-curator-programme-in-the-black-country-taster-session-tickets-128853814227



Multistory Curator Programme 

One of the groups will work with be working with us, a community arts organisation based in West Bromwich that was responsible for the successful Blast! Festival in Sandwell (2019). The curators will work with us to design and produce a weekend festival taking place in venues in and around Wednesbury, engaging local community thoughout the process in order to shape a festival that speaks to them and their stories. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience of building a participatory public programme of events, and to bring communities together through art and conversation.

Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery Curator Programme 

The other group will learn more about the heritage sector and the themes explored by Don’t Settle, to create an exhibition at WMAG based on objects in the museum and taking ownership of the stories of the local community, looking at things like migration and the cultural significance of objects. They will explore different art forms, work and experiment with local artists to bring the exhibition together, and will launch the exhibition at the festival with the other group of curators.

Some of the skills gained from the programmes:

  • Creative skills in art forms of their choice
  • Curation
  • Community engagement
  • Event planning and management
  • PR, marketing and communications
  • Budget management
  • Producing

And much much more!