Visual Art Spaces and Curatorial Practice (CAEL2011)


In this unit we will focus on key aspects of curating and exhibiting in relation to contemporary art theories and practices. Emphasis will be placed on exploring an understanding of the role between theory and praxis. In particular, we will examine the curatorial function in relation to how curatorial strategies operate in terms of a variety of contemporary exhibition models, galleries, museums, and commercial artspaces; exhibition development; reflexive and critical awareness of the different objectives that inform the directions of the galleries; residency centres, contemporary art and artist run initiatives (ARIs) and their contexts within the visual art infrastructure

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Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60hrs


Project 1 in week 9 (35%) and Project 2 in week 15 (65%)

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