“My first lecture at RMIT opened my eyes and spurred so many ideas, introducing me to the possibilities and complexities of the curatorial field.”
Jess Clark always had a passion for art. At six years old Clark exclaimed to her teacher that she wanted “to be an artist! Not a fireman, doctor or lawyer”.
“For me, art provides a space to explore and unpack the ‘why’ and question the world around me. I’ve always want to know more.”
Her creative side drew her to study fine art at university, which immersed her in the art community and cemented her love for the art world.
This passion has influenced and fuelled her journey for a creative career and led her to expand her curatorial knowledge and study the Master of Arts (Arts Management) at RMIT.
“When I started the Master of Arts (Arts Management) I thought I knew what being a curator meant. I soon realised I didn’t.
“My first lecture at RMIT opened my eyes and spurred so many ideas, introducing me to the possibilities and complexities of the curatorial field.
“The incredible thing about RMIT is the support and opportunities they offer. They have allowed me to engage with a diverse creative community, gain work experience and, most importantly, develop a professional profile while studying.
“I’ve gained invaluable experience curating at RMIT’s SITE EIGHT gallery for my practice-based research course and completed a five-month curatorial internship with RMIT:ART: INTERSECT. This allowed me to connect with staff and students from RMIT’s Master of Fine Art to develop the exhibition, Unintended.
“As an emerging indigenous curator working in the most formative years of my career, I’ve found the Master of Arts (Arts Management) has been a life-changer.
“It has provided me with the opportunity to build an extensive professional network and connect with so many incredible and diverse people.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work on international exhibitions and been able to promote indigenous Australian art to an international audience – all of which have been dream opportunities for me.
“What’s next for me? I’m considering undertaking my PhD at RMIT while pursing my goal to curate contemporary art projects that support emerging artists and intersect the fields of curation, education and art management.”