Curating Contemporary Art – In Practice
Learn how to approach artists, discuss their practice within a studio visit situation, disseminate key information surrounding the artist’s work into various media, propose ideas for staging an exhibition and ultimately build an exhibition proposal of a professional standard...
Taught by: Lynton Talbot, Kirsten Cooke.
Learn how to approach artists, discuss their practice within a studio visit situation, disseminate key information surrounding the artist’s work into various media, propose ideas for staging an exhibition and ultimately build an exhibition proposal of a professional standard. Where the Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art Exhibitions gets to the heart of understanding a contemporary definition of the term ‘curating’, through lectures on key historic moments, this course delves into practical applications. With support from your tutor, you will turn your previous knowledge into a resource for making a self-initiated and practically driven proposal for an exhibition. Using a proposal for a project, based on your own research, you will be guided through the process of turning an idea into an industry standard level of exhibition proposal.
This course will give you the practical experience of meeting artists’ in their studio, transforming an initial concept into a fully functioning exhibition proposal. The course will offer a professional standard of experience at all stages of proposing a self-initiated idea. This will include refining the idea, conceptually positioning key themes into understandable narratives, working on realistic budgets, writing press releases, formatting proposal documents, compiling artist CV’s and all the necessary stages in completing a working proposal that can be taken forward to professional platforms.
Who Should Attend
Designed as a follow on course to the Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art Exhibitions. It is preferable that students have attended this introductory course – or have some prior experience in this area. Suitable for anyone interested in the display, site and context of contemporary art with a desire to work within the exhibitions field. An educational background in either fine art or art history is preferred but not mandatory. A broad interest of contemporary art practice is desirable in order to get the most from this course. You will also need to arrive with an initial idea for an exhibition proposal which will be progressed and refined through the duration of the course.
Dr Kirsten Cooke is an artist-curator and has co-authored the projects: Material Conjectures, KollActiv and House of Hysteria. This year Cooke completed her PhD in curatorial practice at the University of Reading and she has delivered papers/written texts for projects in London, Paris and LA. Cooke's practice experiments with different forms of staging and deploys architectural environments to choreograph artworks.
Recent exhibitions and projects have been staged at kynastonmcshine (The Old Police Station, London), Beaconsfield (London), Sonce Alexander gallery (LA), and the Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris). In 2016, Cooke has staged the exhibition and performance programme Pressure Chamber: Nematodes at ArtLacuna (London) and will be curating the following exhibitions as part of her co-authored projects: Concrete Plastic in September at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LA) and Abandoned Temporary Treatment Facility in October at Beaconsfield (London).
Please bring the following on your first day:
A notebook and pen (laptop if preferred).
Initial ideas for an exhibition you wish to produce. These self-generated ideas will be developed into a working proposal through the duration of the course.