Curating Contemporary Art

Early-bird discount

Get a 10% discount on 2017 Summer Study Abroad courses at Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts when you apply by 31 January 2017.

A three week look at art curation within the context of the contemporary London art scene.

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.

Course details

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

The course is an introduction into the different audiences and exhibition spaces in London. It is ideal for anybody wishing to explore curating, art administration or meet artists and galleries first hand to get a flavour of the London art-scene.

Curating Contemporary Art is an intense course with teaching taking place between 10.00 and 16.00 most days, although there will be some time for self-directed study.


Dates and fees

Dates 2017

Summer: 12 June - 30 June 2017



*Early-bird discount of 10% will be applied to all applications received by 31 January 2017


Born in Caracas, Venezuela (1966), Juan Bolivar is a London based artist, curator and Lecturer in Painting at the University of Arts London. Bolivar´s paintings employ cognitive games to set up dialectical oppositions between (signifiers of) abstraction and a second meaning; challenging and examining this genre´s valency and currency today. His paintings often adopt tragi-comical visions, reinterpreting canons and seminal paintings from this movement. 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.