skip to main content
Contemporary Art Exhibition and Event Management

Contemporary Art Exhibition and Event Management

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Joyce Cronin


This course sets out the skills and practicalities of planning, organising and presenting a contemporary art exhibition or event.

Where other courses concentrate on curating and the development of a professional exhibition proposal, this course covers the logistics of working directly with artists and organisations to deliver a successful exhibition or event.

Using specific examples of contemporary art throughout the course and external visits at the end of the course, we will look at exhibitions in various contexts. This will range from artist-led spaces and self-initiated projects, such as pop-ups and collectives to major institutions and publicly funded galleries. We will also look at contemporary art events such as artists talks, seminars, live art and performance events and screenings.

The course will include external visits to a gallery and /or a live event.
Topics covered:

This course focuses on the practical tasks needed to deliver a contemporary art exhibition or event:
•    Introduction to a range of exhibitions and events from artist-run spaces to international biennials
•    Exhibition and event planning and delivery
•    Paperwork and permissions  - from health and safety documentation to insurance, exhibitions agreements and licenses
•     Budgeting, fundraising & financial management
•    Producing supporting material including press releases and publications
•    Understanding and reaching your audience

You will gain practical management skills and will have a better understanding of working with artists, galleries and curators and engaging with audiences. You  will also develop your research and presentation skills.

Who should take this course:
This course is aimed at anyone interested in working with curators and gallerists to produce exhibitions and events, or in setting up their own practice as an exhibitions organiser or gallery manager. Suitable for artists, art historians and cultural producers.


Entry requirements:
You do not need prior exhibition management experience, but you should have a broad interest in contemporary art practice and visit galleries and art events regularly.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Joyce Cronin is a gallery manager, project manager and organiser of exhibitions and events. She works collaboratively with artists, curators and organisations, including an ongoing project CATALOG with artist Frances Scott. In 2017 she will open a new space in South London with Louisa Bailey (Luminous Books & Publication Studio London) called The Bower,  incorporating a gallery, bookshop and publication studio. She has an MA in Enterprise and Management for the Creative Arts from UAL and previously worked as a gallery and project manager at Afterall, Cubitt, Drawing Room, Matt’s Gallery, and Studio Voltaire.


Please bring a note book and pen to the first session (or a laptop if preferred).

You will have two external visits as part of the course and will need to have a travel card to enable you to travel on public transport, please allow approximately £15 for entry into exhibitions or events.

Available dates