Summer Study Abroad - Curating Contemporary Art

Study abroad this summer with Curating Contemporary Art where you will explore art curating within the context of the London contemporary art scene.

Through a series of gallery and studio visits, lectures and group discussions, you will learn about the different audiences and exhibition situations there are; their implications and conditions. By following a trail of these networks, you will experience, first-hand, the latest trends and debates surrounding art, and will be able to inform your knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, and the ways this is curated.


London has a unique and rich contemporary art scene, from Damien Hirst and the YBA's, to Tate Modern. London is a vibrant and exciting centre for contemporary art, and like Paris or New York, a place to visit in order to experience, first-hand, the latest trends and debates surrounding art.

This summer study course is an introduction into the different audiences and exhibition spaces in London and is ideal for anybody wishing to explore curating, art administration or meet artists and galleries first hand to gain a deeper understanding of the London contemporary art scene.



Juan Bolivar

Born in Caracas, Venezuela (1966), Juan Bolivar is a London based artist, curator and Lecturer in Painting at the University of Arts London.

Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Horatio Junior Gallery (Back in Black, 2015), C&C Gallery (I Heart New York, 2014), Tim Sheward Projects, London (Law & Order, 2013), Jacobs Island Gallery, London (Bat Out of Hell, 2011), John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton (Geometry Wars, 2008) and Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Switzerland (Home Alone, 2008).

Bolivar’s work was selected for New British Painting at John Hansard Gallery, 2004 and East International in 2007. He has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award twice (2001 and 2009) and in 2014 he was a Prize Winner at the Nanjing International Art Exhibition, China.

His work can be found in private collections in the U.K., U.S., Switzerland, Japan and South America, and public collections in the U.K., including the Government Art Collection, Goldsmiths College and University of the Arts London Collection.

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Course handbook

Entry requirements

Who should attend?

Summer Study Abroad programmes offer the opportunity to build on your knowledge of an existing subject, or to study something new. This course is based on a selected project from the year one undergraduate curriculum, and is delivered by a specialist course team. The course is suitable for those with some prior experience in curating.

Summer Study Abroad programmes are ideal for current undergraduates wishing to continue their studies into the summer, or those who want a different study abroad experience – it’s a great way to get a taste of study at Chelsea, and life in London.

Entry requirements

Summer Study Abroad programmes are open to students of all levels. Applications are made by online application form.

Details for booking

12/06/2017 - 30/06/2017Monday - Friday10.00 - 16.003 Weeks£1795Atterbury Street - SW1PApply now
Students examining an artwork in a London gallery during a 3 week summer study course in Curating Contemporary Art.
University of the Arts London