This year, the curators are a Franco-British duo Dyad Creative - Théodora Lecrinier and Hannah Turner Walsh - two young women who have been working as a creative team since they met at art school.
I have been trying to get them to be considered as curators for Cley for some time as I think they can bring something really new to the process. Cley has always appointed really good people to curate the exhibitions. Each year, a different style and different viewpoint which does bring in fresh perspective each time, whilst the committee provides continuity and makes sure that the high standards of delivery are kept up. But previous curators have mostly been quite established with a track record of previous curatorial experience. Théo and Hannah are young. They have several years of working together facilitating the work of other artists as well as producing their own at Dove Street Studios and they are bringing with them all the experience they have gained through working with some of the newest and most original artists in the county. They are also very thoughtful about their work and the work of others. I am really pleased that they are taking the curatorial role this year.
Their theme is Borderlines - whatever that may mean to you, the artist - although they have given some prompts. It is broad enough not to be limiting but also gives some boundaries to work to. As all work must be new and site-specific, this is quite appealing to most artists. One of the great things about Cley is the challenge to do something different - to think afresh, try a new technique, gain inspiration from the landscape of north Norfolk and the provocation of the curator for that year. The committee do not have a creative roles - that is firmly the territory of the artists - though some of the committee are artists too.
If you have ever thought of applying for Cley as an artist, just do it. You don't have to be a full-time or professional artist - just to have an interesting idea and the ability and commitment to make it happen. Have a look at some of the previous year's work and see what you can come up with - you may surprise yourself.
If you want to talk to Théo and Hannah about the them then please come to the AGM on Tuesday 13 November at Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre 7pm, all welcome.