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News - 20th of February 2020

MEDIA RELEASE | Hatched Curatorial Fellowship

MEDIA RELEASE | Hatched Curatorial Fellowship


Minderoo Foundation partnership supports PICA to appoint Curatorial Fellow for Hatched National Graduate Show

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Image: Miranda Johnson leading a school tour of Hatched 2019. Photo by Daniel James Grant

PICA is delighted to announce a two-year partnership with the Minderoo Foundation to support Australia’s most promising emerging visual artists through its Hatched National Graduate Show. The funding has supported the creation of a two year Curatorial Fellowship which allows an emerging curator to work closely with PICA’s exhibitions team to develop and deliver this landmark graduate exhibition. Miranda Johnson, emerging curator and writer, has been appointed as the inaugural Hatched Curatorial Fellow.

Miranda holds a BA in Art History from UWA and a Masters from Goldsmiths in London. She is the co-founder and board secretary of Cool Change Contemporary, a city-based artist run initiative; has been the Executive Officer of the Friends of the Festival; Screen Curator of both the Perth Cultural Centre and Northbridge Piazza screens; and is a visual arts writer for Seesaw Magazine. She will continue in the role until June 2021 in a mix of full-time and part-time capacity as the workload demands.

The Hatched National Graduate Show has been presented by PICA since 1992 and has launched the careers of countless leading Australian artists. Miranda, as Curatorial Fellow, will continue PICA’s work to ensure Hatched continues to generate significant impact in the Australian arts community and landscape. She will assist in the planning, administration and delivery of Hatched.

Under the direction of PICA’s Curator and Director, Miranda will be primarily responsible for research and liaison with artists, art schools and other key stakeholders. In her role she will work with other PICA departments across all aspects of the show, contributing to materials and activities for marketing, development, production and operations.


PICA Director, Amy Barrett-Lennard said, The Hatched Curatorial Fellow, supported by the Minderoo Foundation, will be a key role in PICA’s creative team, contributing to the successful planning and delivery of Hatched over the next two years. We are very grateful for their generous support.”

Mrs Nicola Forrest AO, co-founder of the Minderoo Foundation said, “I am thrilled that the Minderoo Foundation is able to support Australia’s most promising emerging artists through our partnership with PICA. We want WA to be recognised for its thriving arts sector, and we are always looking for meaningful ways to help emerging artists and arts workers gain professional experience. Minderoo believes that opportunities like this one inspire confidence across the sector by bolstering career pathways in the arts. The Minderoo team and I congratulate Miranda on her appointment, and we look forward to experiencing Hatched later in the year!” 


Hatched National Graduate Show 2020 Opening Night | Friday 1 May, 6.30pm – 9pm
Exhibition continues | Saturday 2 May – Sunday 12 July


Image of Miranda Johnson (supplied).


Miranda Johnson is a writer and curator from Perth, Australia. She graduated with a Masters of Arts with Distinction in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, London in 2015 and completed a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Fine Art at the University of Western Australia prior to this in 2013. Miranda is currently Curatorial Fellow at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts [PICA] and has previously worked in curatorial, marketing and engagement roles for the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Festival, and Sculpture by the Sea. She is a Founder and Board Secretary of Cool Change Contemporary, and was previously Co-Director of Moana Project Space, both artist-run galleries in Perth’s CBD. Miranda has contributed to publications in North America and Europe and is currently a visual arts writer for Perth arts publication Seesaw Magazine. In 2017, Miranda was a participant in the Australia Council’s Venice Biennale professional development program.


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PICA’s ongoing programs are primarily supported by an investment from the State of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in association with Lotterywest, assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. PICA is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. PICA’s opening events, public programs, family and learning programs and studio residencies are supported by our Community Engagement Partner the City of Perth. PICA respectfully acknowledges the custodians of this land, the Whadjuk Noongar people, and their Elders past and present.