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.