Curating Contemporary Art
starting in September 2018.
on Mondays, 7.30 - 9.30pm Location to be confirmed.
Have you ever wondered what curating involves? Are you an artist who's planning an exhibition of your own artworks? Or perhaps you're thinking about a career as a curator in a museum or gallery? Or, do you run a café, doctor's surgery, or office building, and want to brighten your walls and support artists at the same time? Or do you collect art and want to make the very best of what you have?
This introductory course will explore some of the creative and practical aspects of curating.
The sessions will include:
a step-by-step guide to organising exhibitions
a look at some examples of curating
creative exercises that will get you thinking like a curator.
A complete overview of an exhibition curated by Angela Kingston, the course tutor. Looking at the process from start to finish – and introducing the ingredients of the rest of the course
How do curators get ideas for shows?
Exercise: a very close look at some artworks
Plus: a look at different types of exhibitions, from one-person retrospectives to thematic group shows
Exercise: comparing examples
How do curators find out about artists? And, researching the background and creating depth to exhibitions
Exercise: a look at some case studies
The importance of titles
Exercise: brainstorming a title for an exhibition
Plus: Making the case for exhibitions and selling them to galleries
Exercise: a look at some sample exhibition proposals
Deciding where and how artworks are shown
Exercise: planning the layout of a show on paper
Attracting audiences via press coverage
Exercise: comparing examples of information circulated to the media by galleries
The importance of good design
Exercise: a look at how curators create the identities of shows
How do curators communicate with exhibition visitors?
Exercise: thinking about different kinds of information for different types of people
Organising events that help people go deeper into their experience of art
Exercise: comparing different approaches
Plus: next steps?
(NB this programme may be subject to change.)
The course tutor is Angela Kingston, a practicing contemporary art curator with a strong track record of working with artists, attracting audiences and gaining media attention.