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Curatorial Studio

About

Curatorial Studio is a unique peer-learning and development programme that supports curators based in Scotland in the early stages of their career. With a national scope and international outlook, the programme encourages participants to reflect critically on their own work and develop new approaches. Participants work together to engage with relevant theory, test ideas and gain new skills to develop their individual practices and interactions with audiences. The participants are selected through an open call process.

Curatorial Studio 2016

Launched in 2016 with a group of 15 early-career curators from across Scotland, Curatorial Studio is structured around group workshops, discussions and public events. The associated public programme included events with writer Maria Fusco, former Glasgow International director Sarah McCrory, Nikolett Eross from OFF Biennial Budapest and curator Mihnea Mircan, former director of Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp. The project culminated in a publication Living Out Ideas and event at The Old Hairdressers in Glasgow with contributions from participants and partners.

The 2016 participants were Frances Davis, Gordon Douglas, Cicely Farrer, Rachel Grant, Marcus Jack, Grace Johnston, Maria Lanko, Gemma Lawrence, Emmie McLuskey, Katherine Murphy, Rosie O’Grady, Frances Stacey, Shireen Taylor, Nick Thomas, and Claire Walsh. To learn more about Curatorial Studio 2016 read an account from one of the participants, Cicely Farrer.

Curatorial Studio 2017

Curatorial Studio 2017 began with a weekend workshop in Glasgow in May when we welcomed eight new participants, Peter Amoore, Yvonne Billimore, Ben Callaghan, Camila Crosta, Nikki Kane, Mairi Lafferty, John McDougall and Anastasia Philimonos who work in varied contexts across Scotland from Aberdeenshire to Edinburgh. During five intensive sessions they will explore the identity of the contemporary curator, the possibilities and limitations of the exhibition, and relationships between writing and curating.

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Curatorial Studio is devised by Kirsteen Macdonald, and managed by SCAN. The ongoing development of the project is supported by a small advisory group which currently includes previous participants and representatives from Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art.

Curatorial Studio 2016 workshop with Anna McLauchlan

Curatorial Studio 2016 workshop with Anna McLauchlan

Curatorial Studio 2017 participants

Curatorial Studio 2017 participants