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12 Aug 2019

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

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


- Duration: Sep 12 - Oct 3, 2019 - Application deadline: Sep 7, 2019 - Lecturer: Nora Mayr - Participation fee: 154 EUR


Node Center for Curatorial Studies
Wrangelstr. 5
10997 Berlin

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An Online Course by Node Center

**This course offers University credits**

This course gives insights into all practical aspects of curating from finalising a concept to launching an exhibition. Curators can have very different working approaches, but certain practical aspects will be the same and should be kept in mind for developing a successful project.

Over 4 weeks we will go through the major steps of curating, starting with how you develop an idea to finding collaborators, funding and an exhibition space; managing practical aspects such as transport, insurance and install; thinking about PR strategies and gaining audiences; to finally closing the project with deinstall. This course is for aspiring curators who are yet to launch their own exhibition as well as those who have past experience and are looking for a more structured understanding of curating.

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. Come with an already existing project idea or start from a blank page. Throughout the course you will develop a concrete outline of how to realise your exhibition.

*Video conferences every Thursday at 15hrs CET. Recordings will be available in case you miss a live session!

- Duration: Sep 12 - Oct 3, 2019
- Application deadline: Sep 7, 2019
- Lecturer: Nora Mayr
- Participation fee: 154 EUR



Week 1: Developing Your Curatorial Concept

What is a curatorial practice?
Introduction to types of exhibition formats, exhibition spaces and platforms
Audiences (What kind of audiences can one expect? What kind of audiences are you addressing?)
Strategies of developing a concept (Define your concept, from brainstorming to finalisation)
Strategies of research. How to find fitting artistic positions and related topics?
Turning your idea in a practicable concept

Week 2: Exhibition Making - Artists, Collaborators, Funding and Practical Skills

Contacting artists: open calls, invitations, commissions
Lending works from artists and galleries (how to source the works and how to secure loans)
Proposing your exhibition ideas to an independent or institutional entity
Working with collaborators (exhibition spaces, institutions)
Defining contracts
Different types of fundraising (governmental, private, embassies)
Writing a budget
What to consider when organising a transport (insurance, customs, costs)

Week 3: Exhibition Making - Working in the Space

Ways of displaying artworks
Thinking about scenography and communication between the artworks
Creating a checklist of works with display details
Lighting and sound
Install (working with technicians, artists and considering packaging and access)
Time management
Deinstall and returns

Week 4: Communication

Developing a Press Kit (writing press release, press images)
Communicating the exhibition (invite cards, newsletters, private invites)
How to use or not use social media
How to address the press and journalists
Documentation (taking pics, website, archive, catalogue)
Communication in the exhibition space (handout, labels; guided tours)
Public programming (artist talks, performances, education)


Image: ©José Luis de la Parra