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Curating 101 - Introduction to Curating #1
Mon, April 10, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM BST
What is curating? What does it mean to have a curatorial practice and how does a curator work with an artist? In this new series of four sessions organised by Sarah McCrory, respected curators will discuss differing aspects of this wide-ranging practice.
Curating 101 is the series' inaugural session and is an introduction to curating. The visual art curator's role is indeeed varied, ranging from that of commissioner, public programmer or academic, positioned in major institutions, working in cross-disciplinary collectives, publishing or running projects from their homes. In this first session, leading curators Helen Legg, Emily Pethick and Susan May will talk about their careers, and their routes into them. Each will offer insight and advice whilst discussing projects that have been significant to them. The session will cover ‘blue-chip’ commercial spaces, projects that expand beyond the conventional fit of a white space and the importance of spaces that are embedded in their local community.
This series is a must-attend for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a curator or studying this field.
Sarah McCrory is the Director of the new gallery at Goldsmiths, due to open in 2018 and previously Director of Glasgow International, Curator of Frieze Projects and Film, Co-curator of Studio Voltaire, and Director of Vilma Gold.
Helen Legg is Director of Spike Island, and was previously curator of offsite projects at Ikon Gallery.
Susan May is Artistic Director of White Cube. She was previously Head of the Arts Council Collection (2004-6), Curator at Tate Modern (1999-2004) and Exhibition Organiser at the Hayward Gallery (1991-1999).
Emily Pethick has been Director of The Showroom since 2008. Pethick has contributed to numerous catalogues and magazines, including frieze, Afterall and The Exhibitionist, and edited numerous publications including Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s monograph 'Amateur' (2016) and 'Cluster: Dialectionary' (with Binna Choi, Maria Lind and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez, 2014). Pethick is a jury member for the 2017 Turner Prize.
Image: Esvín Alarcón Lam, Instalación de catres (Versión No. 3), 2014-2017. Courtesy of the artist and Henrique Faria, New York