Workshop: How to... Curate an Exhibition

Gain hands-on insights into today’s multidimensional curator

7 Jun 2019
10:30am - 3:30pm
Carousel Marylebone
71 Blandford Street
London, W1U 8AB
United Kingdom


Amira Gad (Exhibitions Curator, Serpentine Galleries) leads us through a day of exploration, with a guest case study led by Eleanor Nairne (Curator, Barbican Art Gallery); understand the evolving role of a curator and the exhibition landscape of today, and delve into the decision-making process around curating an exhibition.

What I will learn?

  • What the role of a curator means; how it has evolved.
  • Different approaches to curating and curation projects.
  • ​​The ways a curator can confront and balance certain challenges.
  • Approach to, and feedback on, curating a hypothetical exhibition.
  • Gain hands-on insights into what the role entails and how successful professionals approach their work.
  • Leave with a greater understanding of how to approach curation.

How will I learn?

Through a mixture of formats: 

  • Presentation
  • Q&A
  • Group scenario
  • Case study
  • Workshop

Who should attend?

  • The workshop has been created with the whole spectrum of the creative industries in mind; from art to fashion, interiors, cultural experiences, graphic design, architecture, photography and beyond.  
  • It is suitable for all levels and all disciplines, however it would be particularly useful for participants who want to understand and build on their knowledge around curating exhibitions. 

Spaces are limited for this Workshop.


The day will be hosted and run by Amira Gad, Exhibitions Curator, Serpentine Galleries, with a guest case study from Eleanor Nairne, Curator, Barbican Art Gallery. 

11:00: Introduction: Ways of Curating & Types of Curators 

11:30: Q&A

11:45: Group Scenarios: Artistic Integrity Vs. Institutional Parameters 

12:30: Lunch

1:30: Case Study: Breathing Life into a Legacy
Led by Eleanor Nairne, Curator, Barbican Art Gallery 

2:15: Workshop Session: Curating an Exhibition 

3:15: Conclusion and Final Q&A 


We offer a number of complimentary bursary places on this course for the unwaged, students and pensioners. If you would like to apply, please send one paragraph explaining why you believe you qualify and why this specific course is of interest to The application deadline is 24 May 2019 and successful applicants will be notified by 31 May 2019.

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Image: Hito Steyerl Power Plants Installation view, 11 April – 6 May 2019, Serpentine Galleries AR application design by Ayham Ghraowi, Developed by Ivaylo Getov, Luxloop. Courtesy of the Artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York) and Esther Schipper Gallery (Berlin) Photograph: © 2019


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