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Exhibition Design and Delivery

Exhibition Design and Delivery

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Kirsten Cooke


Join Exhibition Design and Delivery and be guided by your tutor through the practical and logistical processes involved in staging an exhibition, on this 1 day course.

The course starts with the initial concept and research, moving to agreements and layout and finally, to the hanging of artworks. We will also advise you on insurance, public liability and health and safety requirements in public spaces.

As well as developing your knowledge of innovative exhibition design, it's a chance to exchange ideas with the rest of the group.

Students are welcome to bring along ideas in relation to future exhibitions that they would like to or will be organising.

Topics Covered

  • History of Curatorial Practice and Exhibition Design
  • Stages of developing an exhibition
  • Starting points, intentions and research methods
  • Exhibition themes, selecting artworks and layout
  • Venues, galleries, partnerships and contracts
  • Funding and calculating budgets
  • Publicity and the press release
  • Borrowing work, loan forms and condition checking
  • Best practice in art handling. Health and safety, risk assessments and public liability

Course Outcomes
You will be capable of organising an exhibition from start to finish, as well as appreciating a successful exhibition design layout. You'll be aware of the procedures between galleries and artists.

Who Should Attend
Artists, craftspeople or anyone eager to learn about the practical side of organising an exhibition.


Tutor Description

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

  • Memory Stick

Available dates