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Curator Space
Written by Louise Atkinson  01/04/2015
Louise Atkinson from CuratorSpace tells us about the growing online platform for sharing artist call outs.
If you've ever organised an opportunity such as an exhibition, a residency or a commission you'll be more than familiar with the various challenges you'll face. It can be a huge undertaking, from planning and promoting your opportunity, through to managing communication with everyone involved. As a Leeds ­based artist/curator I was more than familiar with how complicated and frustrating managing an open call could be, and so I teamed up with software developer, Philip Bennison, to produce a tool that could help me easily manage my own opportunities. This idea evolved when we realised that this was a tool that other curators and art organisations would find remarkably useful. It was from this seed that CuratorSpace emerged.
The Tetley, The Imaginary Museum curated by Louise Atkinson. Photo credit: Philip Bennison
CuratorSpace is an online platform that has been developed to allow artists and arts organisations to gather applications to their open calls. It provides tailored submission forms that gather all required information in one place, and it lets event organisers view and manage these using an intuitive web interface. Perhaps more importantly, CuratorSpace channels all communications with applicants, preventing the usual mishmash of texts, tweets, emails, and phone calls. Everything can go through CuratorSpace, allowing you to keep tabs on what is happening, where it's happening, and who it's happening with.
The Art House, The Old Library Project Commission, Limited Edition Works for Fundraising, Ltd Edition Wall Panels by Daniel Heath. Photo credit: The Art House

In addition to providing tools for curators, CuratorSpace makes it easier for artists to manage their own applications. Applicants can save their submissions and then resubmit them at a later date, taking much of the hard work out of the process and ensuring that curators get the maximum number of high quality submissions to their call outs.

The basic account on CuratorSpace is free, and with this event organisers can have one opportunity live at any one time. Upgraded accounts allow curators to create up to five concurrent opportunities, and grants access to create opportunities with rolling deadlines. It also gives curators a personalised profile page.

In addition to providing tools for managing submissions, CuratorSpace also shares opportunities on our social networks and we are working with arts listings to increase promotion of opportunities managed through the site.

Since launching in November 2013, we have had over 1400 sign ups across the UK, USA and Europe. It's still early days and we have lots of ideas for growing the platform by working with curators to see what tools they need.

Our goal is to make organising creative opportunities and events, affordable, efficient, and accessible at all levels. If you are planning an open call and want to see how Curatorspace can help you manage submissions, get in touch with us at louise@curatorspace.com or sign up for free at www.curatorspace.com/register 

Find us on twitter @curatorspace.
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