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Curating Conversations

  • Royal College of Art Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road London, SW11 4AN (map)

The Curating Conversations summer curatorial programme is aimed at those committed to a career in the visual arts.

It is for individuals who feel that curating is their next step and for emerging curators who would like to share their own ideas and investigate new ones. Guided by UK-based curators, subject professionals, and international practitioners and educators, the ‘behind the scenes’ world of curating will be examined and discussed.

Encompassing themed seminars, practical advice, presentations, workshops, studio visits and panel discussions, this unique, one-off programme will focus on the local, looking at curating through the lens of diversity. Spanning eight days, the events will offer first-hand experience from seasoned professionals and recent curating graduates, addressing questions related to the practice of curating, and the curator’s relationship to artists and the local audience. The underlying aim is to create a space for new conversations about contemporary representational practices, as we question their relationship to nationality, history, identity and inheritance.

Programme Costs:
£250 (Includes a trip to Liverpool Biennial with an overnight stay)
10 Fully funded bursaries will be awarded based on merit and need


  • 18+ UK residents (for a minimum of three years)
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for curating and developing a career in the UK visual arts sector
  • Qualification in the visual arts or at least two years experience of working in the UK visual or performing arts sectors 

Application deadline: midday (BST) 27 June 2014

To apply, or to obtain more information about the Curating Conversations summer programme, please contact

Please note places are limited.

UK Participants:

Maria Amidu, Artist
David A Bailey, Curator
Chila Burman, Artist
Michaela Crimmin, Culture + Conflict
Prof. Paul Goodwin
Omar Kholeif, Curator and Writer 
Gayle Chong Kwan, Artist
Susan Pui San Lok, Artist
Zineb Sedira, Artist
Prof. Carol Tulloch
Acme Studios 
Arts Council England
Autograph, ABP
The Conversation Agency
National Maritime Museum
Royal College of Art
Tate Collective
University of the Arts, London

International Participants:

Christopher Cozier, Artist and Curator
Jeannette Ehlers, Artist
Dr Courtney J Martin, Art Historian and Writer
African Artists’ Foundation

Organised by the Inspire Legacy team in partnership with the Royal College of Art

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