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19 Aug 2020

Curating Collections - Online Course by Node Center

New Approaches to Curating Collections
Node Center for Curatorial Studies Berlin


Duration: Sep 10 - Oct 1, 2020 Enrol before: Sep 6, 2020 Lecturer: Claire Dalgleish Participation Fee: 154€



Node Center for Curatorial Studies Berlin
Wrangelstr. 5
10997 Berlin

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*In support of our community and art professionals during the global outbreak of COVID-19, we are offering a 20% discount on all of our courses. Discount code: #stayathome


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 Thursday at 3pm CEST. Recordings will be available in case you miss a live session!

-Duration: Sep 10 - Oct 1, 2020
-Enrol before: Sep 6, 2020
-Lecturer: Claire Dalgleish
-Participation fee: 154 euros




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