How To Curate an Exhibition – Curating Collection and Archive Displays

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    Installation view of the ISelf Collection: Self-Portrait as the Billy Goat. Photography: Stephen White

Past Event

This event was on Fri 27 Jul 2018, 10am - 5pm

This session explores the role of the curator in organising exhibitions with a focus on archive and collection displays. We will look at different curatorial strands and settings within an institution, defining theoretical concerns alongside practical project management advice on working with the specific requirements of archives and public and private collections.

You will learn about:

  • The work of the curator in developing new exhibition models
  • Curating in Context: Alternative methodologies
  • Collaborating with artists, collections and curators to invite new perspectives
  • The logistics of organising exhibitions from archives and collections


Lunch and refreshments will be included in the course fee.


This course is fully booked.

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About Dr Nayia Yiakoumaki

Dr Nayia Yiakoumaki  is curator at Whitechapel Gallery and Head of Curatorial studies where she developed an innovative  programme of exhibitions related to the use of archives as a curatorial resource.

Nayia Yiakoumaki was co-director of the Athens Biennale organisation 2016 – 2017 as Director of Research and International Networks. Nayia Yiakoumaki devises NEON Curatorial Exchange & Award, an initiative founded by NEON organization and delivered by the Whitechapel Gallery, which fosters professional relationships for emerging curators.

Nayia Yiakoumaki has conceived a number of successful  exhibitions and commissions, including John Latham: Anarchive (2010), Rothko in Britain (2012), Aspen Magazine: 1965-1971 (2012), Black Eyes & Lemonade: Curating Popular Art (2013), Stephen Willats: Concerning Our Present Way of Living (2014), Intellectual Barbarians: The Kibbo Kift Kindred (2015-2016), Imprint 93 (2016), Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? (2016-2017) and is currently working on Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America (2018).

About Candy Stobbs

Candy Stobbs has worked in the Exhibitions Department of the Whitechapel Gallery since 2000. She has organised and co-ordinated numerous single artist and group exhibitions with accompanying major publications including Gillian Wearing (2012); Mel Bochner (2012); Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society (2015); William Kentridge: Thick Time (2016) and most recently Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World. Candy has researched and delivered a range of collection displays including Barjeel Art Foundation: Imperfect Chronology: Arab Art from the Modern to the Contemporary (2015); ISelf Collection (2017-2018) and the forthcoming George Loudon Collection in 2018.