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Curating Now. New approaches to curating the UK – Early Career Curators Group, December 2017

13 December 2017 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

Photograph of John McKendry 1975, taken by Robert Mapplethorpe; the image is black and white, a man is staring ahead, and he is next to electrical plug sockets.

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The event brings together contributions from curators, writers and academics to investigate what it means to be a curator today. Hosted and programmed by the British Art Network’s Early Career Curators Group, this seminar will explore a range of ideas about the role of a curator – from collection-steward to educator; from activist to entrepreneur – as well as examining how we got here, both through the paths of individual curators, and a broader look at the culture and training methodologies that influence the sector as a whole. The aim of the day is to actively engage with, challenge and rethink the requirements of curating today through break-out sessions and provocations as well as more formal presentations by leading figures in curating.

Speakers include George Vasey, Turner Prize 2017 Curator; Beth Bate, Dundee Contemporary Arts; David Morris, Honorary Research Fellow, The Whitworth; Rachael Minott, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; Fiona Parry, Turner Contemporary.

The event aims to be relevant for curators at all stages of their career and be an opportunity to have open conversations and learn from each other.

The seminar will present a series of short papers, provocations and breakout sessions followed by a panel discussion and opportunities for networking. Delegates are also invited to visit the Turner Prize 2017 exhibition, currently on display at Ferens Art Gallery.

The British Art Network Early Career Curators Group is a dedicated group of nine curators specialising in British art, whose members hold positions in affiliated partner organisations around Great Britain and Northern Ireland working alongside Tate.

To book your place email [email protected]. Travel bursaries are available on a first come first served basis.


13 December 2017
11:30 am - 5:00 pm


Ferens Art Gallery
Queen Victoria Square
Hull, HU1 3RA United Kingdom
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