Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art
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 visit exhibitions in London, from DIY project spaces to established museums...
Taught by: Sophia Kosmaoglou, Kirsten Cooke.
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 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.
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.
'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
Dr Sophia Kosmaoglou is an artist, tutor, researcher, curator and video editor. Her work employs a broad range of approaches to exhibition-making, including sculpture, installation, video, painting, performance, sound, site-specificity, collaboration and participation. These varied approaches address identity construction in relationships, the subversion of convention and authority through performative representations and the limits of rationalism. More recently her work questions the ontology of the art object and its context within the institution of art. She has a practice-based PhD in Fine Art from Goldsmiths and her research interests include institutional critique and the relationship between art and politics, institutions and independent organisations, collective practices and decision-making processes. Her PhD thesis is a critical reassessment of institutional critique and of the value of autonomy in art practice. She has previously taught Critical Studies and Studio Practice on the BA Fine Art Practice and Joint Honours courses at Goldsmiths. She is director of the Art & Critique Network and a member of Exploding Cinema, Deptford Cinema and The Field New Cross.
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 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