The Frieze x Deutsche Bank Emerging Curators Fellowship, which aims to increase diversity in the arts, has reached a second milestone thanks to the sale of face masks designed by Idris Khan and a limited-edition print by John Akomfrah.

The initiative, first launched during Frieze Week 2020, aims to increase diversity in the visual arts by funding paid entry-level positions for UK-based Black and POC emerging curators.


Following sales of nearly 2,000 bespoke face masks designed by Idris Khan and a limited-edition work by John Akomfrah, both artists included in the Deutsche Bank Collection, the initiative has now reached the fundraising target for a second fellowship at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

The growth of the fellowship

Last year, an initial fundraising target of £45,000 was set to support the original fellowship, to include the fellow’s salary, travel, research and professional development, with any further funds raised to be put towards future fellowships. Fundraising has now almost doubled this original target.


The new BALTIC fellowship follows the inaugural partnership with London’s Chisenhale Gallery. One fellow will be based at each institution for 18 months on a paid placement. They will also take part in mentoring sessions with experts from Frieze and Deutsche Bank to further develop their networks and experience for the duration of the fellowship. 


Fellowship applications for Chisenhale Gallery are now open and applications for the placement at BALTIC will open at a later date.


To support the fellowship, visit the Frieze online shop to purchase your face mask or limited-edition print.


Find out more about Deutsche Bank's art programme around the world here


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