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18 Apr 2017

'A Practical Guide to Curating' Online Course by Node Center

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


- Duration: May 10 - 31, 2017 - Application deadline: May 7, 2017 - Lecturer: Claire Shea - Participation fee: 148 EUR


Node Center for Curatorial Studies
Oranienstr. 24
10999 Berlin

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An online course by Node Center

The aim of this course is to outline the skills needed to act as an independent or institution-based curator. This course will teach participants the practical skills and address some of the theoretical concerns that inform contemporary curatorial practice.

This course will consider a brief introduction to curating and exhibition making, developing concepts and proposals, the practicalities of exhibition and project delivery and different approaches to curatorial practice.

At the end of 'A Practical Guide to Curating', participants should have an understanding of the skills necessary to operate as competent and responsible practitioners.

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

- Duration: May 10 - 31, 2017
- Application deadline: May 7, 2017
- Lecturer: Claire Shea
- Participation fee: 148 EUR

Full information and enrollments:


Week One: Developing your curatorial practice

• What is a curatorial practice?
• What are the contexts a curator needs to consider? What types of audiences do you want to address?
• Considering types of exhibition spaces or platforms that align with your concerns and ideas

Week Two: Exhibition Making

• Research and concept development (studio visits, dossiers, creating an archive, mapping concepts)
• Commissioning new works from artists (including briefing and proposal development)
• Lending works from artists and galleries (how to source the works and how to secure loans)
• Creating a checklist of works with display details.
• Considering your venue and audiences (parameters that affect scale or types of work)

Week Three: Practical Skills

• How to prepare a budget and timeline
• Developing and proposing your exhibition ideas to an independent or institutional entity
• Developing floorplans and display design
• Practicalities of transportation and installation (working with technicians, artists and considering packaging, display and access)
• Documentation and reporting (photographing, final accounts, gathering statistics and summarizing activities)
• Managing exhibition de-installation and returns

Week Four: Expanding your project

• Supporting your exhibition or project through fundraising, marketing and facilities
• Creating collateral programming: public, performance, education, film
• Designing and producing a publication
• Revisiting course topics and summarizing the practical approach
• Revisiting assignment from week one and discussing how best to put these practices into play using the skills learned through this course