What is curating? Join curators Sarah McCrory, Helen Legg, Susan May and Emily Pethick as they talk about their careers and their routes into them
In this new series of four sessions organised by Sarah McCrory, respected curators discuss differing aspects of this wide-ranging practice.
Curating 101 is the series' inaugural session and is an introduction to curating. The visual art curator's role is indeed varied, ranging from that of commissioner, public programmer or academic, positioned in major institutions, working in cross-disciplinary collectives, publishing or running projects from their homes. In this first session, leading curators Helen Legg, Susan May and Emily Pethick will talk about their careers, and their routes into them. Each will offer insight and advice whilst discussing projects that have been significant to them. The session will cover ‘blue-chip’ commercial spaces, projects that expand beyond the conventional fit of a white space and the importance of spaces that are embedded in their local community.
This series is a must-attend for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a curator or studying this field.
10 Apr: Curating 101 - Helen Legg, Susan May & Emily Pethick
24 Apr: Commissioning - Milovan Farronato, Laura McLean-Ferris & Catherine Wood
8 May: Curatorial Voices - Anna Colin, Claire Doherty & Francesco Manacorda
22 May: Making it Happen - Matthew Brown, Eva Kellenberger and Zoe McLeod
Sarah McCrory is the Director of the new gallery at Goldsmiths, due to open in 2018 and previously Director of Glasgow International, Curator of Frieze Projects and Film, Co-curator of Studio Voltaire, and Director of Vilma Gold.
Helen Legg is Director of Spike Island, and was previously curator of offsite projects at Ikon Gallery. She is currently an external advisor to the Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Committee and part of the selection committee for the British representation at the Venice Biennale 2017.
Susan May is Artistic Director of White Cube. She was previously Head of the Arts Council Collection (2004-6), Curator at Tate Modern (1999-2004) and Exhibition Organiser at the Hayward Gallery (1991-1999).
Emily Pethick has been Director of The Showroom since 2008. Pethick has contributed to numerous catalogues and magazines, including frieze, Afterall and The Exhibitionist, and edited numerous publications including Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s monograph 'Amateur' (2016) and 'Cluster: Dialectionary' (with Binna Choi, Maria Lind and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez, 2014). Pethick is a jury member for the 2017 Turner Prize.
Image: Monika Sosnowska, Pavilion, 2016, installation view at The Modern Institute. Courtesy: the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow; photograph: Keith Hunter