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Career development courses in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery

We’re working with the Whitechapel Gallery for the sixth year running to support their series of professional development courses, and we’re pleased to be offering 50 bursaries to curators and museum professionals.

Running throughout June and July, 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 invaluable guidance and insight from behind the scenes. This year we are pleased that one of the courses will be held at mima in Middlesbrough.

We are able to offer 50 bursaries to museum professionals on the following one-day courses (five places available on each):

Full price places usually cost £195.

Location

All courses will be held at Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London, except 'How to curate with communities' which will be held at mima in Middlesbrough.

Schedule

10am-1pm: Morning session

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

2-5pm: Afternoon session

Eligibility

This series is 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 publish exhibition catalogues

Friday 26 July 2019
Francesca Vinter

Publications document art, record exhibitions, generate critical discourse and disseminate ideas worldwide. They are also creative and beautiful objects in their own right. Over the course of a day, we look at how to produce and publish a range of printed art catalogues from commissioning through to distributing, as well as examining the place of the art institution as publisher.

You will learn about:

  • Planning a publication – processes and considerations
  • Working with artists
  • Practical factors – print production and copyright
  • Sales, distribution and partnerships

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Writing for the exhibition

Thursday 27 June 2019
Gilda Williams

This course is aimed at artists, curators, PR, gallery and museum workers, as well as students of contemporary art -- in short, everyone tasked with effectively communicating contemporary artworks and exhibitions. You will be given the necessary tools to write for a spectrum of forms, from a press release to a wall text, with an emphasis on analysing good examples of short-form writing, from museum labels to website copy.

You will learn about:

  • Explaining ideas and works of art effectively to create enjoyable and insightful text – whether a solo show, a group exhibition, or a multi-part collaborative project
  • Avoiding overly dense, jargon-rich language, without dumbing down content
  • Mastering the 'art of description': honing your reader's attention on selected aspects of works of art to express your ideas effectively

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How to fundraise – grants and foundations

Thursday 11 July 2019
Sue Evans and Ushi Bagga

This session provides practical advice and information on writing and submitting compelling grant applications. Giving both the perspective of the applicant and the funder, we’ll look at case studies and discuss the most effective and suitable approaches in the context of your organisation and goals.

You will learn about:

  • 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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How to curate participatory art projects – schools and teachers

Friday 28 June 2019
Kirsty Lowry

Join the Whitechapel Gallery’s Schools and Teachers Curator for this one day workshop, looking at innovative ways to engage Schools and Teachers with your organisation. The course will provide practical advise and case studies to showcase how to develop creative and effective programmes to support and extend learning across curricular. We will also be joined by a guest speaker to discuss the perspective of a partner school.

You will learn about:

  • Building creative partnerships with schools and teachers
  • Using contemporary art and exhibitions as an inspiring and cross-curricular teaching and learning resource
  • Commissioning new work in collaboration with artists and schools

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How to curate with communities

Tuesday 16 July 2019
Sofia Victorino, Elinor Morgan and Renee Odjidja
Please note this course takes place at Middlesbrough Institute of Art (mima)

This session looks at how best to create and sustain meaningful collaborations and projects with publics including exhibitions, residencies, commissions and events. We will explore different approaches to enabling a space for access and insight into the institution, using both Whitechapel Gallery and mima case studies and other gallery partnerships as material.

You will learn about:

  • How to create and sustain meaningful collaborations with different communities and audiences
  • Enabling a space for access and insight into the gallery’s programme through participation and collaboration with the public
  • Strategies for co-developing programmes with different publics including young people and local community groups
  • Evaluating processes and outcomes

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How to curate public events and performance

Friday 5 July 2019
Jane Scarth and Louise O'Kelly

This course takes an in depth look at curating public programmes for gallery contexts, from one off talks and symposia, to research-driven event series and experimental artist-led events, to ambitious large-scale performances.

You will learn about:

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

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Curating moving image

Friday 19 July 2019
Gareth Evans and Andrea Luka Zimmerman

From curating film programmes to organising festivals, 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.

You will learn about:

  • 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 curate an exhibition – touring exhibitions and partnerships

Friday 12 July 2019
Lydia Yee, Emily Butler and Candy Stobbs

This session explores different exhibition partnership models including curatorial collaborations and touring exhibitions. We will look at different curatorial strands and settings within an institution, defining theoretical concerns alongside practical project management advice when working with partner institutions.

You will learn about:

  • The work of the curator in developing new exhibition models
  • Collaborating with artists, collections and curators on different partnerships
  • The logistics of organising touring exhibitions and partnerships

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How to create a communications campaign

Thursday 4 July 2019
Jenny Lea, Lucy Hawes and Jessica Rope

Guided by Whitechapel Gallery’s communications team, this course is an intensive fast-track opportunity to learn what makes a creative, effective communications campaign for an exhibition today; from strategy and targets to press, marketing, and social media.

You will learn about:

  • The role of communications
  • Securing media coverage
  • Engaging audiences on social media
  • Advertising on a budget

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How to curate an exhibition – archives displays

Thursday 18 July 2019
Nayia Yiakoumaki and Cameron Foote

This session explores the role of the curator in organising exhibitions with a focus on archive displays. We will look at different curatorial strands and settings within an institution, defining theoretical concerns alongside practical project management advice on working with the specific requirements of archives collections.

You will learn about:

  • The work of the curator in developing new exhibition models
  • Curating in context: alternative methodologies
  • Collaborating with artists, collections and curators to invite new perspectives
  • The logistics of organising exhibitions from archives

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Applications close 5pm Thursday 30 May 2019

How to apply

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If you require application forms in an alternative format, please contact the Programmes team.

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