Career development courses with Whitechapel Gallery

We’re pleased to partner once again with Whitechapel Gallery to offer a series of professional development courses for curators and museum professionals in autumn 2017.

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

These popular hands-on courses will draw on the expertise of staff from across Whitechapel Gallery, as well as other industry leaders. Each course will focus on practical training and use current projects as case studies, allowing you to gain valuable guidance and insight from behind the scenes.

We are offering 34 bursary places for curators and museum professionals across this instalment of one-day courses:

Places usually cost £195. Please stipulate which course you would like to attend in your application.


Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London


10am-1pm: Morning session

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

2-5pm: Afternoon session


These courses are targeted at both early-career and more experienced curators, whether new to the topic or wishing to refresh and expand their existing knowledge. Led by experts in the field, each course offers fresh insight, practical advice and resources, allowing curators to develop key skills that are rarely covered in other training schemes.

Applications are open to all museum and gallery professionals, but curators and those who work with public collections will be prioritised. A certificate confirming completion of the course is available on request.

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 email your application to [email protected] with the word 'Whitechapel’ and the name of your chosen course in the subject line by midday on Friday 25 August.


How to curate talks and events

Friday 13 October 2017
Jane Scarth & Gareth Evans

This course will look at how to best establish platforms for curatorial and artistic discussion through public engagement with various programmes, from producing and staging events, symposia, talks, performances and screenings. With the freelance as well as institutional programmer in mind, you will learn:

  • How to conceive, produce and stage talks and live events, festivals and series
  • How to set the scene for performance and commissioning new work
  • How to work creatively across media both within institutions, site-specifically and off-site
  • How to establish and develop creative funding and promotional networks and partners

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How to write about art

Friday 20 October 2017
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. The focus will be on art-texts which provide readers with real information and explained interpretations on artworks – rather than unsubstantiated speculation, or 'waffle'. The course will offer a guide on writing for a spectrum of forms, from a press release to a review, with an emphasis on short form writing from museum panels to website copy. What you will learn:

  • How to explain and evaluate effectively in writing, to create strong and insightful text for varying levels of audience
  • Criticism vs information-led art writing
  • How to pitch and get published successfully

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How to curate the moving image

Friday 27 October 2017
Gareth Evans & Emily Butler

From curating film programmes to organising festivals and developing residencies, this day will explore the varied role of the institutional and freelance programmer specialising in film programming, video art and digital media curatorial practice and moving image culture. What you will learn:

  • How to approach initial research: theories of audience and changing receptions of moving image
  • How to deal with practicalities involved in programming on various sites and for different audiences
  • How to develop collaborations with partners and navigate industry networks
  • How to engage with critical writing and film production

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How to fundraise: individual giving

Friday 3 November 2017
Darryl De Prez, Katherine Proudlove, Rummana Naqvi

This session looks at raising funds from individual supporters at every level, from members to major donors. What you will learn:

  • The different types of individual donors
  • How to identify and research potential supporters
  • Creating and running membership and patron programmes
  • Techniques to cultivate prospects and engage them in your work
  • How to ask for donations
  • Stewardship of gifts and developing long-term relationships with individuals

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How to handle and install art

Friday 10 November 2017
Christopher Aldgate & Patrick Lears

From designing displays in a variety of spaces, best practice in handling artworks, to important conservation issues for different mediums, we explore the many facets of installation to equip you with tools to confidently plan and execute dazzling displays. You will learn:

  • How to best plan and design an impactful display
  • How to effectively present work of different mediums
  • How to ensure successful and safe receipt, handling and safeguarding of artwork

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How to fundraise: writing grant applications

Friday 17 November 2017
Darryl de Prez & Sue Evans

This session provides practical advice and information on writing and submitting compelling grant applications. What you will learn:

  • How to research and identify grant-giving organisations
  • How to construct a robust project and create a case for support
  • How to write a compelling application
  • How to construct a budget, timelines, outcomes and outputs
  • Reporting, monitoring and evaluation

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