curatorial tip 13
Taxes: Yes, today is the deadline to fill your taxes and ask for that money (or send some unfortunately). Curators are not exempt from doing so, but aside from being a pain, it also creates knowledge about your own practice. Are you a curator who offers various services? What are they? Did you receive grants? For what? Did you receive a prize? Why? Are you curating through an institution? All of this money has to be declared and answering these questions adds to the list of tasks, skill sets and also opportunities that come with becoming a curator. Curator-as-exhibition-creator-writer-critic (rather than Curator-as-custodian-of-art-works-in-a-museum) is still a "new" job, and it is important to add to the understanding of the curatorial profession.
Also, if you live in Montreal, or anywhere in Canada, I give tax clinics so that you can do them on your own. Especially if you are a creative, and a person of colour. Feel free to email me to know more! Otherwise, I can do your taxes next year*.
*shamelessly plugging my other services.
Photo credit: Eunice Bee, 2018