Develop: Supporting and commissioning emerging creatives

Photo of two people talking.

Develop: Supporting and commissioning emerging creatives

What is Develop? 

Develop is a three-year programme (2023-2026) that supports and commissions emerging creatives aged 18-24 through a series of talks and workshops around a photography-based outcome each year.  

What’s happening in 2024? 

The theme for 2023/4 is Making an Exhibition, with a focus on photography and archives.  

A collective of six young people were commissioned to curate a show for Summer 2024 at The Photographers' Gallery. They worked together from January to June in preparation and their exhibition Meditations on Love is on show from 14 June - 22 September 2024. 

The collective for 2024 are:

Tolu Elusadé 
Charlie Bird 
Madeleine Woodhouse 
Kymara Akinpelumi 
Taja Lewis Boodie
Kairo Urovi

How can I get involved?

If you are aged 18-24, you can still take part in the monthly career talks. Bursary places are available, alongside paid places. These events run from January to September 2024. 

Going forward, our events programme and cohort commission will have the following emphasis:

2024/25 - Augmented Reality (AR)

2025/26 - Photography-based Publication

Please keep an eye on our What's On page for forthcoming events and the application process to join the Develop Collective. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the programme or just want more information, please email 

The Develop programme is supported by Kusuma Trust and individual contributors.

Events & Opportunities

Past events on Making an Exhibition

I think the DEVELOP sessions have helped build my confidence to take on commissions.

Develop event participant

Develop timeline 2023/24

Develop 2023/4 timeline: 

September - December: Making an Exhibition workshops and talks open to everyone aged 18-24s 

Friday 15 December, noon: online applications open to be a part of the curatorial collective 

w/b 8 January 2024: shortlisting and interviews for curatorial collective begin 

w/b 15 January 2024: curatorial collective selected, 

January – June 2024: monthly career events open to all 18-24 year olds continue; curatorial collective work begins, including six months of mentor sessions, meet ups and support from gallery staff. 

June 2024: exhibition opens to the public 

June - September 2024: exhibition-related events take place, organised by the collective 

September 2024: New themed Develop programme begins for 18-24 year olds 


If you have any questions regarding the programme or just want more information, please email