Curators' Days announced for Autumn 2015

16 July 2015

Arts Council Collection Curators' Days are designed to provide an informal forum for curators around the country to meet and network. Each event has a special focus, either looking at particular areas of professional practice or visiting new buildings and important exhibitions. All events include guest speakers and opportunities for discussion.


Exhibition Publishing

24 September 2015, Southbank Centre, London

The exhibition catalogue is an important aspect of most exhibitions, but what is its future with the current cuts, changes in technology and the need to cover costs? This day will look at various aspects of exhibition publishing with presentations from three contributors with a huge variety of experience in art publishing from best-selling publications to artists’ books and ephemera.


Learning and Engagement

22 October 2015, Southbank Centre, London

Learning and engagement are at the heart of museum and gallery practice. During this day we will have the opportunity to hear from Fiona Godfrey who will discuss her extensive experience of creating curriculum-focused education packs designed to engage visitors in gallery collections. Henry Ward will address the complicated issues around the role of curation in the classroom and how tackling issues of context and audience can impact on the teaching of art. Finally we will have the opportunity to hear from Anra Kennedy from Culture24 who will discuss the use of digital technology to enhance museum education.


British Art Show 8

2 December 2015, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds

This is an excellent opportunity to view the British Art Show 8 at its opening venue, Leeds Art Gallery. Launched in 1979 and organised every five years by the Hayward Gallery as part of the Hayward Touring programme, the British Art Show is widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art, with artists chosen for their significant contribution over the past five years. After a period of extensive research, the curators of BAS8 – Anna Colin and Lydia Yee – have made a fascinating selection of work by over forty artists. More than half of the participating artists are making new work for the exhibition, whilst others will present recent work not previously seen in the UK.


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