Curatorial Leadership in Collections (CLiC) Toolkit launches

SCAN has launched a toolkit for museums and collections as part of our Curatorial Leadership in Collections (CLiC) project, which explores how working with contemporary artists can strengthen collections.

Drawing on research from our network and beyond, the toolkit is designed to help institutions think through why and how they can work with artists, covering topics from commissioning to policy and best practice. In our accompanying case studies, curators talk about how working with artists in collections can inspire communities, generate new tools, allow hidden histories to surface, and help imagine a better future.

Access the toolkit on our website here.

The toolkit has been prepared by SCAN alongside Julie-Ann Delaney Curator and Liv Laumenech Assistant Curator for the University of Edinburgh Art Collection.


Image credits clockwise from top left:

Katie PatersonIdeas (2021) installation detail,100 three-lined texts in micro water-jet cut stainless steel, The King’s Building Campus, University of Edinburgh

Rabiya Choudhry Dad (2018) installation view, Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow

Shona MacnaughtonHere to Deliver (2020– 2021), performance image, commissioned by the University of Edinburgh Art Collection as part of the ‘Platforming Creativity’ project, image copyright of the artist

Nathan ColeyThe Basic Material Is Not The Word But The Letter (2017), illuminated text on scaffolding, commissioned by the University of Edinburgh to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Main Library, George Square

Lisa Roet, Golden Monkey (2016) at Climate House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, photo credit Neil Hanna

Jimmy Robert Tobacco Flower (2021) installation view, The Hunterian Glasgow, photo credit Eoin Carey