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14 Dec 2018

'New Approaches to Curating Collections' Online Course by Node Center

'New Approaches to Curating Collections' Online Course by Node Center
Node Center for Curatorial Studies


- Duration: Jan 14 - Feb 4, 2019 - Application deadline: Jan 10, 2018 - Lecturer: Claire Dalgleish - Participation fee: 154 EUR (15% off enrolling in December)


Node Center for Curatorial Studies
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An Online Course by Node Center


This course will offer fresh approaches for curators and arts workers looking to further their practice working with collections. Whether dealing with commercial stockrooms, artist collections, permanent museum collections or more, curators must find ways to reinterpret and approach the same items over again and creatively engage audiences.

'New Approaches to Curating Collections' will provide a foundational knowledge of collections and the many forms that they take. By presenting an overarching framework for collection histories, models, and ethics, we will establish a broad understanding of the challenges behind curating collections. Over four weeks, we will explore real world case studies to discover fresh perspectives on how to curate, interpret, develop, conserve, and fund collections.

Participants will have the opportunity to write an exhibition proposal for a collection of their choice. Throughout the course, participants will develop transferable skills to think critically about the cultural values of a collection and creatively interpret collections across a variety of settings in cultural institutions and fine art contexts.

*Video conferences every Monday at 7pm CET. Recordings will be available in case you miss a live session!



Session 1
- A brief history of collections and collecting
- Collection models: including national museums, private galleries, artist studios, private collections, and corporate collections
- Collection ethics: challenges, considerations and approaches for working with politically sensitive items

Session 2
- The role of the collector: why people and organisations acquire and collect objects and works of art
- Collection development: how collections are established and develop over time (with case studies)
- Collection impacts: factors that shape collections and exhibition development such as conservation requirements, funding, bequest stipulations, acquisition policies

Session 3
- How to curate collections using different models and case studies: strategies for permanent, private, emerging, and established collections
- Developing a curatorial brief by finding common threads and reading the social context of the collection

- How to interpret gaps in collections and how curatorial approaches can influence collection strategies

Session 4
- Education around collection curation: public engagement and extending the lifespan of a collection
- Moving beyond the display
- Keeping collections relevant and learning to read curatorial trends and debates