Careers in the Visual Arts: Exhibition Organisation and Commissioning

1 May 2015

Regular hours

11:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

£195.00 (incl. lunch and refreshments)

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Whitechapel Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Aldgate East / Aldgate
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Expert curators investigate the processes behind planning exhibitions and how to navigate networks and institutions as an independent curator.


What does it take to operate as an independent curator and to work effectively and creatively within established arts organisations?

Expert curators Charlotte Bonham-Carter and Sarah McCrory investigate:

  • The processes behind planning exhibitions
  • Commissioning new work in challenging spaces
  • Touring exhibitions and biennales
  • Critical writing
  • How to navigate networks and institutions as an independent curator

Charlotte Bonham-Carter is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Richmond University, London. She was Curator of Art on the Underground and previously at ICA, London, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Barbican Art Gallery, London. She is also an art critic and regular contributor to Flash Art, Art in America and is co-author of The Contemporary Art Book (Goodman, 2009,2011 and 2013), a survey of the most influential artists working today.

Currently the Director of Glasgow International, Sarah McCrory worked as curator of Frieze Projects and Film, for the London 2012 Festival and at Studio Voltaire. She was curator of self-publishing fair Publish and Be Damned and was a Director of Vilma Gold, London. She is on the jury of the 2014 Turner Prize.

The Art Fund is supporting the series by offering a number of fully funded places per course for curators and museum and gallery professionals. Applications will open in January 2015. For any queries or for more information on the course, please contact courses@whitechapelgallery.org

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