Art Fund and Whitechapel Gallery: Careers in the Visual Arts courses

The Art Fund is pleased to be offering fully funded bursaries 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

There are five bursary places available on each course on each date. Places usually cost £195, and are in the following fields:

Film and Events Programming

  • Friday 27 March
  • Friday 24 April

Exhibition Organisation and Commissioning

  • Friday 3 April
  • Friday 1 May

Communications: Brand Vision and Strategy

  • Friday 17 April

Strategic Development and Fundraising

  • Friday 10 April


Location: Creative Studio, Whitechapel Gallery

10am-1.30pm: morning session

1.30-2.30pm: lunch

2.30-6pm: afternoon session


These courses are offered to extend the expertise of curators and other museum professionals – an opportunity for applicants to receive training in an area that may not directly relate to their current role, but which will enable them to develop a better understanding of best practice and broaden their own skill set.

Applications are open to all museum and gallery professionals who work with public collections, but curators will be prioritised. Each applicant may only apply for one of the four courses. Participants can be awarded a certificate on completion of the course, if requested.

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?’

Please think about how you would practically apply a better understanding of event programming/exhibition organisation/development/communications in your career in the next couple of years. For those courses that are running twice, please indicate a preferred date.

Email your application to with the word 'Whitechapel' and the name of your preferred course in the subject line by 12noon on Wednesday 11 February.

Film and Events Programming: Gareth Evans and Karen Alexander

Friday 27 March & Friday 24 April

From curating film programmes to organising festivals, producing films and developing residencies, this day explores the varied role of the institutional and freelance programmer, specialising in artist film and new media. Curators Gareth Evans and Karen Alexander explore a range of areas including:

• Initial research approaches
• How to develop networks and partners
• How to curate events – both within institutions and off-site
• Critical writing
• Film production

Tutor biographies

Gareth Evans is a writer, curator, presenter and film curator at the Whitechapel Gallery. He programmes PLACE, the annual cross-platform festival at Aldeburgh Music in Suffolk and has curated numerous film and event seasons such as Romany and JG Ballard, John Berger: Here Is Where We Meet and All Power to the Imagination! 1968 and Its Legacies.

Karen Alexander is a senior tutor in the Royal College of Art’s Curating Contemporary Art department. She has worked as a freelance curator and consultant on film exhibition and distribution and has contributed to several books including Women and Film: Sight & Sound Reader (1999), and If Looks Could Kill (2008) amongst others.

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Exhibition Organisation and Commissioning

Friday 3 April 2015 & Friday 1 May 2015

What does it take to operate as an independent curator and to work effectively and creatively within established arts organisations? Expert curators Charlotte Bonham-Carter and Sarah McCrory investigate:

• The processes behind planning exhibitions
• Commissioning new work in challenging spaces
• Touring exhibitions and biennales
• Critical writing
• How to navigate networks and institutions as an independent curator

Tutor biographies

Charlotte Bonham-Carter is associate professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Richmond University, London. She was curator of art on the Underground and previously at ICA, London; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and Barbican Art Gallery, London. She is also an art critic and regular contributor to Flash Art, Art in America and is co-author of The Contemporary Art Book (Goodman, 2009,2011 and 2013), a survey of the most influential artists working today.

Currently the director of Glasgow International, Sarah McCrory worked as curator of Frieze Projects and Film, for the London 2012 Festival and at Studio Voltaire. She was curator of self-publishing fair Publish and Be Damned and was a Director of Vilma Gold, London. She was on the jury of the 2014 Turner Prize.

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Communications: Brand Vision and Strategy

Friday 17 April 2015

Whether you’re setting up 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. Led by Rachel Mapplebeck and Jane Wentworth Associates, this course takes a look at brand, vision, values and developing effective communications strategies across digital and print. You will learn about:

• The how, what and why of cultural branding
• Maximising cultural organisation retail: how to use your assets to bring in revenue
• Internal branding and how to live the brand

Tutor biographies

Rachel Mapplebeck is head of communications at the Whitechapel Gallery. A cultural communications specialist focused on building audiences, brand and profile for arts organisations, she leads on strategic brand and communications campaigns for over 30 exhibitions and 200 events a year.

Jane Wentworth Associates is a communications consultancy and international leader in brand for the cultural sector. They work with organisations to become more visible, more focused and more engaging; their expertise lies in brand strategy, identity and communications.

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Strategic Development and Fundraising

Friday 10 April 2015

Focusing on the challenging and vital role of the Development professional, this course offers essential guidance that could be applied to working in small and large-scale organisations.

You will learn about:

• Funding bodies and their priorities
• Writing successful applications
• Capital projects
• Supporter programmes
• Commercial and corporate activity

Tutor biographies

Partner at Counterculture, Stephen Escritt provides business planning and financial management services to the arts and creative industries. He has worked at the British Museum and the Whitechapel Gallery, where he was director of strategic development and delivered a successful model partnership between a cultural organisation and its local, national and private sector partners.

Head of development at the Whitechapel Gallery, Darryl de Prez has over 20 years’ experience in fundraising and development, having worked at a range of charities and arts organisations including the National Trust, the Serpentine Gallery and English National Opera. Darryl is alumni ambassador at the Courtauld Institute, advising students on careers in arts development.

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