GRADCURATE is an Edinburgh-based platform for recent graduate artists to showcase their work. It is run by Sarah McLaughlin, an MA (Hons) History of Art and MSc Museum Studies graduate. Driven by her own experiences as recent graduate, the platform was set up to assist artists in navigating this increasingly difficult career stage.
Specifically, GRADCURATE seeks to support artists who find themselves stuck in limbo between student and professional life – no longer having access to opportunities through their degree programme, while facing intense competition from established practicioners; lacking the flexibility to gain further industry experience due to work commitments and the need to earn a living – by:
• Inviting recent graduates to display work in a series of group pop-up exhibitions, allowing the cost of exhibition space hire to be shared at an affordable rate.
• Undertaking all curatorial work and liaising with galleries on the artists’ behalf, minimising the time and effort required of them in the exhibition planning process.
• Allowing artists to keep 100% of profits made by taking no commission on sales.
• Promoting the artists’ work through its website and social media.