The Whitechapel Gallery works with partner institution The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University, to deliver a two year MA programme: Curating the Contemporary. Through direct involvement in the life cycle of the Gallery, students acquire the key skills and knowledge of curatorial practice as well as an informed understanding of the contemporary visual arts. Students also gain a broad range of transferable skills in communication, management, research and analysis. The MA Curating the Contemporary partnership and programme is unique among courses of its type. It provides theory into practice experiential learning of a kind and quality that will be invaluable to students seeking future employment in the industry.
Candidates will typically hold a relevant upper second-class Honours degree in a cognate discipline. Professional Qualifications from accredited Museums and Public Galleries may also be considered.
The course is designed to facilitate an integration of academic elements and work done through on-site curatorial practice. The course comprises lectures, seminars and tutorials at the University supported by appropriate training, mentoring and professional development with the Whitechapel Gallery.
Core modules include:
History of Art and Critical Theory
Workplace Observation Module: Whitechapel Gallery
Critical Writing: Idioms and Audience
Research Methods and Project
Curatorial Practice and Mentoring
Professional Practice: Whitechapel Gallery
Assessment is carried out by a combination of essays, project work, archival investigation and a major research project. It is also based on evaluation of students' individual contributions in the 'live' curatorial environment.
Successful completion of this course offers significantly improved career opportunities in the arts sector including roles in exhibition curating, collections management, gallery education, fundraising, gallery management and administration, press and publicity, publishing, journalism, art criticism and as arts entrepreneurs in the creative economy.
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The NEON Curatorial Exchange and Award
The NEON Curatorial Exchange and Award has been set up in partnership between NEON, a non-profit organisation in Athens and the Whitechapel Gallery. Through building links between young curators in London and Athens, best practice is shared and new ideas developed around the presentation of contemporary art, with the aim of championing curatorial excellence.
The NEON Curatorial Exchange is open to emerging curators based in Greece and to students and alumni of established postgraduate curating courses in London including the MA Curating the Contemporary which is delivered by the Whitechapel Gallery in partnership with London Metropolitan University.
Participants of the NEON Curatorial Exchange benefit from a four day study trip to Athens and London, where they take part in a guided tour of the art scene in both city's. This programme is designed to open up networking and professional development opportunities for young curators.
The NEON Curatorial Award gives young curators who take part in the Curatorial Exchange the opportunity to devise a proposal for an exhibition based on works from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection, which is made up of over 500 works by 170 international and Greek artists, with the best submission being awarded the NEON Curatorial Award.
The judging panel for the 2013 NEON Curatorial Award consists of four curators, Martin Caiger-Smith, The Courtauld Institute; Nico de Oliveira, London Metropolitan University; Dr. Simon Sheikh, Goldsmiths and Dr. Victoria Walsh, Royal College of Art and is moderated by Dr. Nayia Yiakoumaki, Whitechapel Gallery.