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Arts Management

Arts Management

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Jessica Cerasi


Arts Management will provide you with the fundamental skills to build your own career in the arts, through an overview of the various professions that make up the art world, and the processes involved with setting up an arts organisation.

Through presentations, exercises, case studies and feedback, you will consider and discuss different types of arts organisation models. Learn about funding stream possibilities. And understand what is involved with planning, organising and delivering a programme of arts events, exhibitions and workshops. 

Between classes you will be asked to complete a short task, involving research. This will help you to evaluate and identify areas for personal development and get you started with the beginnings of a business or career strategy.

Topics Covered

  • Building a career in the arts
  • Setting up an arts organisation
  • Curating and project management
  • Memberships and networking
  • Key partners, building wider strategic partnerships
  • Press releases
  • Social media marketing and platforms
  • Money matters - funding your business
  • Applying for jobs, gaining experience and finding work
Course Outcomes
You will have a greater knowledge of the role of arts organisations with a focus on museums and galleries, as well as a greater confidence in the processes involved with project managing and supporting a business successfully. You will have started to create a personal action plan/business model, to help you start developing, establishing or marketing your business or career. 

Who Should Attend

Ideal for freelancers, creative start-ups, entrepreneurs, aspiring curators and simply anyone with ideas! A great foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in arts management.


Tutor Description

Jessica Cerasi is a Curator of Information and Research (Modern and Contemporary) at the Government Art Collection. She has worked as Exhibitions Manager at Carroll / Fletcher gallery, Assistant Curator of the 20th Biennale of Sydney in 2016, and Curatorial Assistant at the Hayward Gallery. She is co-author of Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art?, an entertaining and irreverent introduction to the art and art world of today.


Please bring the following materials with you on your first day:

  • A note pad and pen

Available dates