Develop: Supporting and commissioning emerging creatives

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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 2023/2024? 

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

A programme of workshops and talks support this theme, providing participants with an introduction to a range of knowledge and skills related to making an exhibition. 

In December, applications open for 18-24-year-olds to apply to become part of a cohort of six people who will collectively research, plan and deliver an exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in Summer 2024. 

How can I get involved?

If you are aged 18-24, you can take part in the events. Bursary places are available, alongside paid places. These events run from September 2023 to June 2024. 

18-24-year-olds can also apply to join the collective. Everyone who applies should either have joined one of the event sessions run between September and December 2023 live, or to watch, listen to or read about at least three sessions after they have taken place. 

Applications for the collective cohort will open on 15 December 2023. 


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.

Ongoing & Coming Soon

Past events on Making an Exhibition

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

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

Develop event participant