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27 May 2015

A Practical Guide to Curating by Node Center

'A Practical Guide to Curating' Online Course by Node Center
Node Center for Curatorial Studies - Berlin


Duration: June 15 - July 6, 2015 Application deadline: June 12, 2015 Lecturer: Maeve Mulrennan Participation fee: 148 EUR


Node Center for Curatorial Studies
Oranienstr. 24
10999 Berlin

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A Practical Guide to Curating
An Online Course by Node Center

This course provides the basic tools to curate in the art field from start to finish. It examines the ideas and practicalities of curation, looking at what curating is and its potential, followed by practical sessions on developing a proposal and managing a project. The course includes two exercises, one research based and the other project management based.

Following the course, participants will learn practical tools to research and develop a curatorial proposal, project management skills and managing their curatorial practice. This course is an ideal primer for those who want to get started making exhibitions.

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

Full information and enrollment:

- Duration:
- Application deadline:
- Lecturer:
- Participation fee: 148 EUR


Week 1: Role of the curator

What are your expectations of curating?
What do curators do? Types of curators, difference between project manager, artists as curator, commercial gallerist, museum. Different models of curating
Different approaches to curating: what can be done, how your work fits into existing gallery / project space models
Managing & Positioning your curatorial practice
Curatorial case studies
Assignment: research a curatorial case study on a solo exhibition by a contemporary curator.

Week 2: Building your proposal with artists

Developing your proposal / what is your project?
Researching artists (studio visits, database, techniques)
Communicating your ideas to artists & developing curatorial ideas with artists
Writing the proposal
Inviting artists to participate & defining a working model
Assignment: Draft a proposal for a curatorial project.

Week 3: Working with a space

Working in a space; how to get a space, how to propose your project to a gallery
Insurance, Health & Safety, Transport & Art handling
Installing: guidelines for working with digital media, digital equipment
Examples of different layouts of 2D works
Devising an installation timetable; working with a technician / art handler & artists
Basic contracts: for artists, gallery spaces & technicians
The take down; the resources you need, invoices you need to send, other things you need to do to 'tidy up'.

Week 4: Communicating your project

The audience: who are they, what do they expect, how to communicate with them on a marketing level and an artistic level.
What to do with your audience once you have them – public programming and engagement
Marketing & promotion; mediating your project to the public & the art community
The Vernissage: practical guidelines on what to do & why
Engaging a writer / critic
The importance of documenting your project & different examples