Outset Curatorial Fellowship At Cubitt Artists, 2017–2018

Supported by Outset since 2010, the Cubitt Curatorial Fellowship is a unique opportunity for research and curatorial experimentation in the field of visual arts, based on an 18-month residency, the only such scheme in the UK and one of very few in the world. This includes an initial 3-month research and fundraising period, followed by 15 months of programming. It gives emerging curators the opportunity to curate one of the UK’s most established artist-run spaces.

The elected emerging curator for 2017-2018 was Helen Nisbet.

The Fellowship is an ambitious platform that welcomes experimentation, critical discourse and comment, while offering full creative independence. Since its inception in 2000, it has pioneered an individual, new model and developed into a major platform for curatorial development. This Fellowship has launched the careers for some of the most significant curators across the UK and the rest of Europe, many of whom now direct some of the most compelling exhibition spaces internationally.

Helen Nisbet’s exhibition programme included: the public programme Houses are really BodiesMark Leckey: Affect Bridge Age Regression; The Landscape – Josephine Callaghan, Sarah Cameron; Helen Cammock: Shouting in Whispers; Flo Brooks: Is Now a Good Time?the public programme The Driver’s Seat; Hardeep Pandhal: Liar Hydrant; Landed: Denielle Dean, Janine Oleson. To mark the end of the 2017-18 season, Helen compiled A Mixtape of music chosen by artists and collaborators involved in her programme. You can listen to it HERE.


Helen Nisbet




Outset UK


2017, 2018