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A Practical Guide to Curating

Online Course by Node Center with Claire Shea

Duration: May 10 May 31, 2017

Enroll before: May 7, 2017
Participation fee: 148

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.


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

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
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
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

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