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Introduction to Curating (Summer Evenings)

Introduction to Curating (Summer Evenings)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Sarah Sparkes


What is curating? This introductory course is aimed at people who want to know what is involved in curating exhibitions, art projects or independent events. It looks at the wide range of current curatorial activities and at what a curators work is.

It is run as a mix of group activities, open-ended discussions, presentations and practical instruction.

Over the weeks we pick up different ideas and roles within curatorial practice to identify those areas we are most drawn to and investigate what each job involves. We also consider art writing and practical advice is given about writing a press release or an exhibition proposal.

Topics covered

  • An introduction to historical examples of curating
  • An overview of roles within the field of curating
  • Insight and guidance into educational career paths
  • Planning the layout of an exhibition, including making a three-dimensional model
  • Looking at on-line exhibition planning apps
  • Guidance as to the practical aspects of installation
  • Critiquing and writing about an exhibition, art project or event
  • Advice on how to present your ideas effectively
  • Creating and presenting an exhibition proposal
  • Chance to receive feedback and advice from practicing curators

Level: Beginners.

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for those new to curating and who are considering this as a subject for further education or as a potential career. It would also suit full time students who are required to plan an exhibition as part of their course.

The final class concludes with presentations of an exhibition proposal to an invited international curator.

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

Tutor Description

Sarah Sparkes is an artist and independent curator whose practice explores the immaterial and how this may be visualised. Since 2008 she has run the curatorial research project GHost. She has organised numerous collaborative and solo projects, working with both U.K. and international artists and realising ambitious events and exhibitions in both public and private spaces - including the London Art Fair and Folkestone Triennial. She holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts and between 2009 - 2011 was a Research Fellow at the University of London. As well as leading and curating a number of visual arts projects, she frequently exhibits her own work which encompasses installation, painting, performance and film. She was the 2015 the winner of the MERU Art*Science Award, recently had a solo exhibition with New Art Projects. A qualified HE Lecturer, she has taught within both academic and non-academic environments and is currently lecturing in Fine Art and Independent Curating at a number of London institutions including Tate Modern and University of the Arts. She lectures and has published widely on her own practice and curatorial projects.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • An A4 notebook
  • Laptop (if you have access to one)
  • Pen
  • Experience of and thoughts on a recent visit to an exhibition. You will be asked to discuss this in the first session.

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.