International Curators Forum in partnership with University of the Arts London with the support of the Arts Council England Elevate Fund present Beyond the Frame, a 22-month long project designed to deliver mentoring and professional development to ten emerging UK based curators through cross-generational exchange with ten selected mentors. The project aims to tackle the under-representation of curators from diverse backgrounds in senior positions in the visual and performing arts.

The participants were selected as the result of an open call and will work closely with ICF Director David A. Bailey and curator Jessica Taylor over the length of the project, during which they will have the opportunity to take part in group masterclasses and one-on-one mentoring sessions. The curators will also be invited to travel with the ICF team to international conferences and major events in the arts calendar, such as the opening weeks of the Sharjah Biennial, the Venice Biennale and Prospect New Orleans.

The participants will be encouraged to discuss topics and issues related to the field of curating in the group forum and masterclasses, and they will undertake projects in the UK in partnership with UAL, New Art Exchange, InIVA and the Liverpool Biennial. Beyond the Frame will culminate in a public conference on diversity in the arts in the UK in which the experiences and results of this initiative will be discussed.