The Arts Council Collection is pleased to announce Curators’ Days for Autumn 2015

Arts Council Collection Curators’ Days are designed to provide an informal forum for curators from around the country to meet and network. Each event has a special focus, either looking at particular areas of professional practice or visiting new buildings and important exhibitions. All include guest speakers and opportunity for discussion.

Below you will find details for the final three events for 2015.
Please note that the Arts Council Collection is not able to support travel or accommodation, although refreshments and a sandwich lunch will be provided. Full itineraries will be sent out nearer the time through our wiki site. 

All events are FULLY FUNDED, but places are limited so please click on this link to RSVP. The days are very popular so we would be grateful if you could respond by 3 August, and please let us know if you need to cancel for any reason. A confirmation email will be sent out in the following week. We will also hold a reserve list for all popular events.


Exhibition Publishing
Southbank Centre, London
24 September

The exhibition catalogue is an important aspect of most exhibitions, but what is its future with the current cuts, changes in technology and the need to cover costs? This day will look at various aspects of exhibition publishing with presentations from three contributors with a huge variety of experience in art publishing from best-selling publications to artists’ books and ephemera.

Ben Fergusson, Art Publisher at Hayward Publishing, produces exhibition catalogues and books related to Hayward Gallery, Hayward Touring and Arts Council Collection exhibitions, creating affordable and accessible art books with a focus on strong contemporary design and innovative commissioning. Previous to the Hayward, Ben worked for the Photographers’ Gallery, Serpentine Gallery and a range of major museums in the UK and Germany. He is also a translator and author.

Nadine Monem, as Publisher of common-editions, works closely with artists on artists’ books, editions and multiples. She is also Director of the podcast and radio show The Butcher’s Apron. Nadine has previous experience of publishing at Hayward Publishing, Titan Books and Black Dog Publishing.

Clair O’Leary is from Koenig Books at the Serpentine Gallery and was previous book buyer for Tate Modern and Tate Britain. She has also worked for the Photographers’ Gallery, the ICA and Louis Vuitton.

30 place available. Please click on this link.

Learning and Engagement
Southbank Centre, London
22 October

Learning and engagement are at the heart of museum and gallery practice. During this day we will have the opportunity to hear from Fiona Godfrey who will discuss her extensive experience of creating curriculum-focused education packs designed to engage visitors in gallery collections. Henry Ward will address the complicated issues around the role of curation in the classroom and how tackling issues of context and audience can impact on the teaching of art. Finally we will have the opportunity to hear from Anra Kennedy from Culture24 who will discuss the use of digital technology to enhance museum education.

Fiona Godfrey is an Arts and Education consultant who has worked in the cultural and education sectors for over fifteen years. Trained as a primary school teacher, Fiona taught in schools in London and Bath before studying for an MA in Art Education. She worked for a number of years in gallery education before setting up a freelance arts and education consultancy business in 1999.

Henry Ward is an artist, writer and educator living in London. He was Head of Education at Southbank Centre and, prior to this, worked in a variety of roles at Welling School, a Specialist Visual Arts College, where he led on the school’s specialism. In 2002 he established the alTURNERtive Prize, an annual award celebrating outstanding student practice. In 2011 he founded the biannual arts and education periodical, æ. He has written and lectured widely on the arts and education. He sometimes works collaboratively with the artist, Andee Collard, as Amalgum  and is a trustee of AccessArt.

Anra Kennedy is Content and Partnerships Director at Culture24. Her role encompasses research, editorial and educational development, production of e-learning resources, writing and editing. She has created web and gallery-based educational resources in partnership with a range of institutions including the Parliamentary Archives, Eureka! The Children’s Museum, Thinktank, National Portrait Gallery, Natural History Museum and Access Art. She is editor of Culture24’s Bafta and Webby-nominated children’s site Show Me ( In a freelance capacity Anra has authored post-grad CPD online modules on the use of museums in education for the Open University and BBC’s ‘Teach and Learn’ initiative. Her e-learning consultancy and writing clients include Norfolk Museums, the Times Educational Supplement, Anglo-Sikh Heritage Trail and web developers Scream Out Loud. Anra is also a founding trustee of a campaigning charity called Kids in Museums.

30 place available. Please click on this link.

British Art Show 8
Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
2 December

This is an excellent opportunity to view the British Art Show 8 at its opening venue, Leeds Art Gallery. Launched in 1979 and organised every five years by the Hayward Gallery as part of the Hayward Touring programme, the British Art Show is widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art, with artists chosen for their significant contribution over the past five years. After a period of extensive research, the curators of BAS8 – Anna Colin and Lydia Yee – have made a fascinating selection of work by over forty artists. More than half of the participating artists are making new work for the exhibition, whilst others will present recent work not previously seen in the UK.

The Curators’ Day will feature an introduction by curator Anna Colin, who will illuminate the rationale behind the selection, sharing her experiences of curating the show, and guiding us through this major survey. We are also delighted to announce the artist Bedwyr Williams will be present to offer a first-hand account of his practice, and to introduce the major new work he is producing for British Art Show 8. Williams, who represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2013, has gained international recognition for a unique practice which envisages a range
of scenarios, from the banal to the catastrophic, with a deadpan wit. Williams is represented by three works in the Arts Council Collection and is currently a member of the Arts Council Collection’s Acquisition Committee.

30 places are available, please click on this link.