Curators’ Days for Spring 2019

11 February 2019

The Arts Council Collection are delighted to be working with Art Fund again this year to develop a series of joint events designed to provide an informal forum for curators from around the country to meet and network.

There are six Curators’ Day events organised every year, each with a special focus, either looking at particular areas of professional practice or visiting important exhibitions with talks from artists, curators and specialists on a range of topics.

The next three in the series will happen throughout Spring/Summer 2019 and will cover a range of topics: The first event will take place on the 12 March at Bethlem Gallery & Museum of the Mind in Beckenham, and will focus on Art and Mental Health. We all have mental health however through our collections and programmes, museums and galleries are in a unique position to share stories that our audience can relate to, increasing a sense of wellbeing and belonging. The event aims to give delegates the tools and confidence to address issues around mental health in their programming, whether this be through events, commissions or exhibitions.

The second in the spring/summer series will be hosted in Venice at the Venice Biennale 2019. Participating British artists this year are: Cathy Wilkes (UK), Charlotte Prodger (Scotland) and Sean Edwards (Wales), all artists with work in the Arts Council Collection. The event will include a tour of these three exhibitions and the chance to meet artists and curators. This is a special year for the Southbank Centre as the Hayward’s Director Ralph Rugoff is the curator of the 58th Biennale.


The third Curators’ Day in 2019 will be around Yorkshire Sculpture International, the UK’s largest sculpture festival, that takes place across Leeds and Wakefield this summer. Reflecting on the curatorial theme put forward by the British artist Phyllida Barlow that ‘sculpture is the most anthropological of the art forms’, the festival will respond to the idea that there is a basic human impulse to connect with and to make objects, exploring what it means to create sculpture today. The event will provide an opportunity for delegates to gain a comprehensive view of the festival, with special insights provided at a range of venues through talks and tours led by associated curators and artists. 

Our Curators’ Days are free, however places are limited and priority will be given to curators or those working with Collections in museums, galleries and historic buildings in the UK.

For more information and to register your interest, please click here.
Please note: this year you can only register interest for one place per email address, per event and this will be done via the links provided (which go via Southbank Centre website).

The Arts Council Collection : Curators’ Days for Spring 2019

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