Australia Council announce International Curators Program at PHOTO 2021


Australia Council’s International Curators Program showcases art and artists here in Australia to international tastemakers. In 2021, the International Curators Program will be held virtually for the first time, in partnership with the inaugural PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography.

The aims of the program are to raise the profile of Australia’s contemporary artists and curatorial expertise, demonstrate Australia’s growing regional engagement, and develop long-term relationships which will enable new partnerships, collaborations and market development. Australian artists exhibiting as part of PHOTO 2021 are invited to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to participate in an online industry gathering and speed studio visits, where they will have the opportunity to pitch their Festival work in one-to-one meetings with the guest international curators, listed below.


Australia Council’s Head of Visual Arts, Mikala Tai said Australian artists work without borders.


“This current pause in international travel should not be a barrier to artists establishing new and valuable international curatorial connections. The Australia Council is proud to partner with PHOTO 2021 to create space for international exchange, facilitating industry conversations and experimental networking. Innovative international collaboration in arts & culture is essential to maintaining Australia’s international reputation at a time of significant global uncertainty,” Tai said.



Mariama Attah, Curator, Open Eye Gallery / LOOK Biennial, Liverpool
Bi Xin, Executive Director, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai
Christine Barthe, Senior Curator, Head of the photographic collection, musee du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Paris
Fei Jun, Professor, Art+Technology Program, School of Design, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
Varun Gupta, Co-Founder & Biennale Director, Chennai Photo Biennale, Chennai
Alona Pardo, Curator, Barbican Art Gallery, London
Mark Sealy, Director, Autograph ABP, London
Kathrin Schönegg, Curator, C/O Berlin, Berlin
Yamada Yuri, Curator, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo

Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March