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Curating Contemporary Art Online Short Course

Course description

Join Curating Contemporary Art and gain an understanding of professional standards of practice in curating. Learn about structures and institutions of the art world - acquire the tools to write an exhibition proposal, organise a show or apply for funding.

This 5 day curating course will start by giving you an overview of the history of curating and 21st century curatorial developments. We will survey the main trends, institutions and concerns of contemporary curatorial practices. We will also virtually visit a range of exhibitions and institutions in London and have online discussions with industry professionals.

The course will also provide you with important practical information about funding, promotion, installation and other professional aspects of curating. Then we'll move you on to building your practical skills by encouraging you to devise exhibition themes and proposals.

Don't miss your chance to gain valuable and practical insights into curating contemporary art in both gallery and alternative spaces.

Who should attend

Anyone with an interest in curating exhibitions of contemporary art. You may be looking to make proposals to venues, apply for gallery internships, follow a career in arts administration or apply for a BA or MA degree in Curating.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

Course outcomes

You will gain vital understanding of professional standards of practice in curating, knowledge of structures and institutions of the art world in London and beyond and have the tools to write an exhibition proposal, organise a show and apply for funding. It could mean moving on to curatorial projects, assistantships, partnerships or internships in the future.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


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 -

Course specific materials

Please source the following materials:

  • Notebook and pen

  • Ideas for exhibitions that you would like to curate


Topics covered

  • A history of curating: Lectures on curatorial roles and histories.
  • Translating ideas into proposals.
  • Curatorial roles and working methods
  • Context and mediation.
  • Resources for curators.
  • EXHIBITION: Contextualising your practice.
  • Taking your proposals to the next stage, context and intention.
  • Publicity and the press release.
  • Partnerships, funding, timetables and calculating budgets.
  • Pitching your project: how to present ideas.



I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course which included the lectures, activities, off site visit to galleries & individual tutorials. Overall it was a creative & motivating learning space. - M OSullivan, August 2017


"Very intensive course with good readings and gallery visits. It is a very good starting point to explore curating." Anon 2015


"I decided on this particular course as felt it would help me understand more about how curating exhibitions can help one better appreciate works of art, art movements, artists and art history" - Alan Roe, 2016
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