Curators' Days 18/19

Arts Council Collection: Curators' Days 18/19

Women Power Protest: Gender and Diversity
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery  
Thursday 15 November

Creating exhibitions and collection displays that are relevant to today’s audiences is something most museums and galleries strive to achieve. With this in mind, for this Curators’ Day we explore the National Partners Programme exhibition Women Power Protest at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The show commemorates the centenary of women gaining the right to vote, and uses women’s suffrage as a starting point to trace some of the legacies of protests against inequality. It includes artists such as Christine Borland, Zarina Bhimji, Mary Kelly, Susan Hiller, Tania Kovats, Rose Wylie, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Sonia Boyce, as well as earlier work relating to the history of suffrage.  

The day will begin with a tour of the exhibition led by Birmingham curator Emalee Beddoes-Davis, followed by a talk about the representation of women artists and gender balance in public collections by Eliza Gluckman (co-founder of A Woman’s Place and until recently curator at the New Hall collection of women’s art in Cambridge). There will also be presentations by exhibiting artist Michelle Williams Gamaker, whose work House of Women was recently acquired by the Arts Council Collection, and by Natalie Rudd, Senior Curator, Arts Council Collection, who will introduce a forthcoming Arts Council Collection initiative investigating our holdings of sculpture by women.

Please note: registration of interest for this event is now closed.

Curating the Classroom
The Hepworth Wakefield
Friday 30 November

Curating the Classroom will investigate a range of innovative approaches to collaborating with schools. In a time of creative crisis in schools, with recent reports of a 16.5% reduction in teaching hours in art and design, we explore the role that galleries can play in bringing art and art practice into the classroom. Guest speakers from across the UK will highlight a range of approaches and perspectives. Members of the Learning team at The Hepworth Wakefield will reflect on their recent contributions to schools’ engagement through their School Prints project, whereby six contemporary artists were commissioned to make a series of auto-lithographs to be gifted to local schools alongside a dedicated engagement offer. Other highlights include insights from Gill Hart, Head of Learning at The National Gallery, London on their hugely successful Take One Picture scheme, and reflections from Laura Woodfield (Art UK) on the charity's national initiative to take sculpture into schools.

Curating the Classroom provides a friendly and open forum, inviting delegates to contribute their ideas and initiatives through discussion. The day will also include the opportunity to view The Hepworth Sculpture Prize 2018. The Hepworth Wakefield’s curatorial team will provide an informal introduction to the work of the shortlisted artists Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Philip Lai, Magali Reus and Cerith Wyn Evans, all of whom are represented in the Arts Council Collection.

Please note: registration of interest for this event is now closed.

Arts Council Collection: Curators' Days 18/19
Arts Council Collection: Curators' Days 18/19

Artes Mundi, Cardiff
Wednesday 5 December

Following popular visits to previous Artes Mundi exhibitions, the Arts Council Collection are returning to Cardiff this autumn. One of the most exciting international events in the contemporary UK art calendar, Artes Mundi is the largest art prize in the UK, with previous winners including Theaster Gates, Teresa Margolles and John Akomfrah. This year, the exhibition brings together five international artists who directly engage with everyday life through their work and explore contemporary social issues across the globe. The shortlist was selected from over 450 nominations spanning 86 countries.The artists are: Anna Boghiguian, Bouchra Khalili, Otobong Nkanga, Trevor Paglen and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Joining the Curators’ Day are this year’s selectors, Nick Aikins and Artes Mundi director Karen MacKinnon. Nick is a curator at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven where he leads the research programme Deviant Practice. He was curator of the widely praised exhibition The Place is Here in 2018.

Please note: registration of interest for this event is now closed.



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