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Arts Management

Arts Management

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Antonia Shaw


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, with an emphasis on the not-for-profit-sector and collaborative working.

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 in the UK
  • Setting up a not-for-profit arts organisation
  • Curating and project management
  • Memberships and networking
  • Key partners, building wider strategic partnerships
  • Working collaboratively and touring models
  • 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

Antonia Shaw is currently Assistant Curator for Hayward Gallery Touring, working collaboratively with not-for-profit arts organisations of various scales across the UK, and a freelance curator and writer. Antonia began her career working as an intern at Tate Liverpool, before moving on to roles at Drawing Room in London, Tate Britain and Runa Islam’s studio. In her current role at Hayward Gallery Touring she has organised British Art Show 8, Hand Drawn Action Packed and curated Cornelia Parker: One Day This Glass Will Break. Antonia has contributed to a number of publications, including Lotus published by Bosse Baum, artist book Input/Output, and Silver and Glass: Cornelia Parker and Photography.


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

  • A note pad and pen

Available dates