We'll get this five-day course off to a start by giving you an overview of 21st century curatorial developments. Then we'll move you on to building your practical skills by encouraging you to devise exhibition themes and proposals in a group. As you prepare your final presentation, you'll consider everything from funding to PR...
Taught by: Sophia Kosmaoglou, Kirsten Cooke.
We'll get this five-day course off to a start by giving you an overview of 21st century curatorial developments. Then we'll move you on to building your practical skills by encouraging you to devise exhibition themes and proposals in a group. As you prepare your final presentation, you'll consider everything from funding to PR. You'll also have the opportunity to share your ideas with professional curators from London galleries. 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 in preparation for your presentations.
You will be able to create and finish a comprehensive proposal for your own planned curatorial project, as well as organise an exhibition. 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.
Courses are typically taught by one or more of the tutors listed below.
Student Reviews'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. Read the full review.
'It was well structured and really interesting and provided quite a good overview of the topic and i loved the lecturers they were great.' - Anon
'Very intensive course with good readings and gallery visits. It is a very good starting point to explore curating.' - Anon
'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
Sophia Kosmaoglou is a post-conceptual artist working primarily in video and installation. She is a PhD candidate in Fine Art at Goldsmiths and has exhibited internationally since 1994.
Her PhD thesis is a critical examination of institutional critique and a consideration of the value of autonomy in art practice.
Kirsten Cooke is a curator and part of the co-authored project Material Conjectures. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Reading. Her work explores strategies that resist the impoverishing practice of exhibitions, which reiterate neo-liberal values through predetermining images affect.
Recent exhibitions have been staged at the Brooke Theatre (Kent), kynastonmcshine - The Old Police Station (London) and Beaconsfield (London). Cooke also lectures in Art Theory and Critical Collaborative Practice at the University of Reading.
Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:
- Notebook and Pen
- Ideas for exhibitions that you would like to curate
- Access to a computer outside of the taught class time.
One session will be held off site, on this day you will need to bring the following items (the tutor will inform you in the first class as to which session this will be):
- Travel card / money for travel
- Money for entrance to exhibitions