Art Fund and Whitechapel Gallery: Inside the Gallery

We are pleased to be offering 50 fully funded bursaries for museum professionals across these one-day courses, developed in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery.

Tree of Life by Rachel Whiteread at the Whitechapel Gallery, London © The artist / Photo: Guy Montagu-Pollock @ Arcaid & Photo © Marcus Dawes 2012

Tree of Life by Rachel Whiteread at the Whitechapel Gallery, London

There are five bursary places available on each course:

Places usually cost £195. You can find more information about the paid places on Whitechapel Gallery’s website.


Whitechapel Gallery, London


10am-1pm: morning session

1-2pm: break (lunch will be provided)

2-5pm: afternoon session


This series is targeted at both early-career professionals and more experienced curators, offering the opportunity to acquire key skills that often lack direct training opportunities. Led by experts in the field, each course will offer fresh insight, practical advice and resources, whether you are new to the topic or wish to refresh and expand your knowledge.

Applications are open to museum and gallery professionals, but curators and others who work with public collections will be prioritised. Applicants may apply for up to two courses; please indicate your order of preference when applying. Participants can be awarded a certificate on completion of the course, if requested. Please note that travel costs will not be covered.

How to apply

To apply for a fully-funded place please send us:

  • A one-page CV
  • An answer of no more than 300 words to the question, ‘How would attending this course be beneficial to your professional development?’. If applying for more than one course, you must provide a response to this question for each course you are applying for.

Please email your application to with the word 'Whitechapel’ and the name of your preferred course(s) in the subject line by midday on Friday 18 December.


How to organise an exhibition

Friday 29 January 2016

Tutors: Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz and Anna Gritz

What does it take to operate as an independent curator and to work effectively and creatively within established arts organisations? Curators Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz and Anna Gritz bring their expertise and advice, exploring:

  • The multifaceted role of curator
  • Overview of both institutional and independent approach to exhibition organisation
  • Looking at exhibition logistics (registrar templates, budget, scheduling)
  • Clarifying your theoretical and conceptual concerns: different strategies of exhibition construction
  • Public commissions, outside the gallery

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How to handle, install and light art

Saturday 30 January 2016

Tutors: Thomas Malcherczyk and Lightwaves

We learn from experts with comprehensive experience in the logistical and practical handling of works of art, to ascertain safe and established industry approaches to planning, designing, installing and lighting exhibitions within the conservation guidelines.

The day will cover:

  • Planning to receive work (scheduling, insurance, transport considerations)
  • Establishing stable gallery and building environments
  • Receiving works of art
  • Unpacking and handling
  • Installing techniques and tips
  • Sustaining and maintaining exhibitions
  • Lighting works of art

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How to fundraise successfully

Friday 5 February 2016

Tutors: Darryl de Prez with Alexandra Lawson

Led by Whitechapel Gallery team members Darryl de Prez and Alexandra Lawson, this course focuses on the challenging and vital role of the development professional, offering essential guidance that could be applied to working in small and large-scale organisations. The day will look at different fundraising strategies and models including:

  • Identifying, researching and cultivating donors
  • Individual giving
  • Trusts and foundations
  • Corporate development
  • Fundraising events

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How to write a grant application

Saturday 6 February 2016

Tutors: Darryl de Prez and Ushi Baggar

Darryl de Prez (Whitechapel Gallery) and Ushi Bagga from Paul Hamlyn Foundation lead this session, providing valuable advice on how to bring together a strong application – from both the perspective of an organisation writing it, as well as from the view of someone reviewing it. The day includes:

  • Introduction to funding organisations, trusts and foundations
  • Developing your project and the case for support
  • Writing a convincing proposal: research, content and format
  • Following up, thanking and reporting

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How to curate an events programme: talks, performances and screenings

Friday 12 February 2016

Tutors: Gareth Evans and Antonia Blocker

Led by expert programme curators Gareth Evans and Antonia Blocker, this course explores the varied roles of the institutional and freelance programmer in creating platforms for curatorial discussion, producing and staging events and screenings. The day will focus on how to:

  • Conceive, produce and stage talks and live events, film screenings, festivals and series
  • Set the scene for performance and commissioning new work
  • Work creatively across media both within institutions, site-specifically and off-site
  • Establish and develop creative, funding and promotional networks and partners

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How to engage young people with the gallery

Saturday 13 February 2016

Tutors: Paul Crook, Nicola Sim and Sofia Victorino

As well as being places to see exhibitions, galleries are also important hubs for young people to explore and discuss visual art. Led by experts, this course will cover how to:

  • Create and sustain meaningful collaborations with young people; independent visitors, long-term programmes, youth forums
  • Enable a space for access and insight into the gallery
  • Develop collective decision making processes and programming
  • Generate ideas, debate, experimentation from beyond the institution

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How to make your message clear: arts marketing and cultural branding

Friday 19 February 2016

Tutors: Jenny Lea

Whether you’re from a small, self-led arts organisation or working within a major museum – knowledge of the ever-evolving field of communications is fundamental to audience engagement and to the critical reach of an organisation and its programmes. Whitechapel Gallery’s head of communications Jenny Lea looks at brand, vision, values and developing effective integrated communications strategies across all platforms.

Throughout the day, she will look at:

  • Cost-effective marketing solutions
  • Authentic messaging
  • Managing a cultural brand
  • Be more visible and more focused
  • Build on reputation, reach new audiences and generate revenue

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How to manage a collection

Friday 4 March 2016

Tutor: Freda Matassa and Julia Toffolo

As an ever greater number of private individuals and foundations collect and lend modern and contemporary art, managing data, reproductions, insurance values and provenance are vital. Led by art collection experts, Freda Matassa and Julia Toffolo, this day simplifies the fundamental processes behind managing a collection, from the moment of acquisition to arranging loans and display.

The course offers expert advice to equip you with excellent standards to ensure the work retains its value, including:

  • Collection focus and remit
  • The process of acquiring a new work of art
  • Basic requirements for museum standard documentation
  • Best practice for storage and movement of art
  • International guidelines for loans and exhibitions
  • Collections care and display

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How to publish an exhibition catalogue

Saturday 5 March 2016

Tutors: Francesca Vinter and Emma Woodiwiss

Publications document works of art, record exhibitions, generate critical discourse and disseminate art and ideas worldwide. They can also be beautiful objects in their own right. This step by step session led by Francesca Vinter and Emma Woodiwiss is a guide to every aspect of book publication from commissioning designers and authors to the art of distribution. Sessions will cover:

  • The place of the book
  • Planning a publication: processes and considerations
  • Image copyright
  • Production and print
  • Logistics of book distribution

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How to write about art

Friday 11 March 2016

Tutor: Gilda Williams

As digital media has expanded the discussion of art worldwide, the ability to write about contemporary art with clarity and originality has never been so necessary. Gilda Williams, author of Writing About Art offers a guide on writing for a spectrum of forms, from a press release to a review, from a catalogue essay to a museum panel, from website copy to an academic essay. Sessions include:

  • Who is listening? Why write?
  • Explaining, evaluating
  • Discussion and practical session
  • Description and its discontents
  • Pitching and getting published

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