Prepare to be guided by your tutor through the practical and logistical processes involved in staging an exhibition on this one-day course. The course starts with the initial concept and research, moving to agreements and layout and finally, to the hanging of artworks. We will also advise you on insurance, public liability and health and safety requirements in public spaces. As well as developing your knowledge of innovative exhibition design, it’s a chance to exchange ideas with the rest of the group. Students are welcome to bring along ideas in relation to future exhibitions that they would like to or will be organising.
You will be capable of organising an exhibition from start to finish, as well as appreciating a successful exhibition design layout. You’ll be aware of the procedures between galleries and artists.
Who Should Attend
Artists, craftspeople or anyone eager to learn about the practical side of organising an exhibition.
This intensive course provides students, artists, curators, writers and researchers with a concentrated space to develop their practice and research in a critical and creative framework. The course will introduce students to theoretical discourses that inform the production and interpretation of contemporary art and provide a supportive environment to articulate their ideas on the production, exhibition and reception of art.
Through lectures, seminars, tutorials and gallery visits the course familiarises students with key concepts and historical transformations underpinning contemporary art production and reception. You will be supported in developing and articulating your own ideas on the production and exhibition of art. We will look at the impact of key philosophical, cultural and political discourses on art practice, and examine different theoretical perspectives and critical debates. You will extend and develop your ability to discuss, write about and judge contemporary art. You will be assisted in contextualising your practice by identifying relevant topics and practices. You will be supported with extensive feedback in tutorials and workshops. You will also develop your skills in writing artist’s statements, critical reviews and/or exhibition proposals.
Course Outcomes You will be able to develop, articulate and contextualise your practice. You will be able to identify influences and important references that are relevant to your practice and research. You will develop your writing and research skills and formulate research questions to guide your practice and research. You will be able to critically evaluate your own work, as well as that of others. You’ll be able to critically discuss and evaluate contemporary art.
Who Should Attend The course will suit those wishing to develop their practice and research, prepare a portfolio, apply for a postgraduate degree in art or pursue a career in the arts.
We’ll get this five-day course off to a start by giving you an overview of the history of curating and 21st century curatorial developments. We will survey the main trends, institutions and concerns of contemporary curatorial practices. We will also visit exhibitions in London, from DIY project spaces to established museums. The course will also provide you with important practical information about funding, promotion, installation and other professional aspects of curating. Then we’ll move you on to building your practical skills by encouraging you to devise exhibition themes and proposals. As you prepare your final presentation, you’ll consider everything from funding to PR. Don’t miss your chance to gain valuable and practical insights into curating contemporary art in both gallery and alternative spaces. Please note that you’ll be expected to complete reading and research in your own time during the course.
You will gain vital understanding of professional standards of practice in curating, knowledge of structures and institutions of the art world in London and beyond and have the tools to write an exhibition proposal, organise a show and apply for funding. It could mean moving on to curatorial projects, assistantships, partnerships or internships in the future.
Who Should Attend
Anyone with an interest in curating exhibitions of contemporary art. You may be looking to make proposals to venues, apply for gallery internships, follow a career in arts administration or apply for a BA or MA degree in Curating. The course could also provide anyone with a non-professional interest in contemporary art with new insights into the structures and concepts that underpin the field.
Upcoming Course Dates
2 – 6 July 2018, Monday – Friday from 10am to 4pm for 5 days
Chelsea College of Arts UAL 16 John Islip Street London SW1P 4JU
Booking via UAL Curating Contemporary Art
Contact the Short Course Team email@example.com / +44 (0) 20 7514 6311
The course was brilliant – a great mixture of text-based theoretical discussions, lots of emphasis on practical issues and how to solve them, exhibition visits and continuous thinking throughout the week about one’s own exhibition proposal – which has benefited a lot from the course. The course and working on my proposal has been truly inspiring, and I have pursued the idea further since. The course felt like a launchpad – and a lot of the credit goes to the course teacher Sophia!! —Anon
I decided on this particular course as felt it would help me understand more about how curating exhibitions can help one better appreciate works of art, art movements, artists and art history. —Alan Roe
Very intensive course with good readings and gallery visits. It is a very good starting point to explore curating. —Anon
Critical and contextual studies in contemporary art practice