Skip to main content

Contemporary Art Exhibition and Event Management Online Short Course

Course description

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.

Course Outcomes:

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.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain in easy to understand accessible English, if they use any special terminology we make sure they explain what it is they mean.
  • New methodologies will be explained to you in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • We even include live demonstrations of particular techniques so that you can see exactly how things should be done.
  • We also offer a bunch of learning resources for you to access outside of the live lessons. This allows you to ensure you are up to date and you can practice and review the things that are important to you. Practice makes perfect after all!

Live interactive classrooms:

  • We like to do things the right way, that's why all of our online classes are live, you won't find any recordings here (well apart from the recording we provide in case you miss a live session)
  • Expect live interaction with your classmates from around the world, our students come from far and wide
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Discuss topics related to your course in real time via your microphone and camera or if you're not feeling brave, in the chat box
  • Miss a class? Thats ok you can catch up in a recording which is available for 2 weeks after your course runs

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • However we always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are a great addition to your C

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please sign up to our mailing list to find out about upcoming dates and new course developments.


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


Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

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.

Meet the Tutor:

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

Pay by:
Powered by Worldpay
Contact us:

You may also like