How to Curate a Youth Programme

  • to to curate a youth programme course Whitechapel Gallery

    Duchamp and Sons, Whitechapel Gallery.

Past Event

This event was on Fri 3 Mar 2017, 10am–5pm

This session looks at how best to create and sustain meaningful collaborations with young people and youth forums and how to enable a space for access and insight into the gallery, using both Whitechapel Gallery case studies and other gallery partnerships as material.

Part of the Whitechapel Gallery Inside the Gallery: How to course series.

What you will learn:

  • Create and sustain meaningful collaborations with young people (youth forums, short and long-term programmes, professional development)
  • Enable a space for access and insight into the gallery’s programme
  • Discuss strategies for co-developing programmes with young people
  • Consider the use of digital platforms led by young people
  • Evaluate processes and outcomes


Course leaders:

  • Sofia Victorino -Daskalopoulos Head of Education and Public Programmes, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Renee Odjidja – Swarovski Foundation Curator for Youth and Community Programmes Curator, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Carolina Silva – Goldsmiths, University of London


Event details

Date: Fri 03 March 2017
Time: 10am–5pm
Location: Clore Creative Studio
Lunch and refreshments included

About the course leaders

Sofia Victorino  

Sofia Victorino is Daskalopoulos Head of Education and Public Programmes at the Whitechapel Gallery and is responsible for leading a programme of artists’ residencies, commissions, schools and community projects, talks and events.

Previously Head of Education and Public Programmes at Serralves Museum of Contemporary art, Porto (2002-2011), her research interests focus on socially engaged and collaborative art practices, the impact of globalisation in cultural institutions and programming, and the place of the performative in reconfiguring new relationships with the public.

Renee Odjidja

Renee Odjidja is Swarovski Foundation Curator for Youth and Community Programmes and is responsible for organising and developing projects, workshops and events with local audiences. Recent projects with the Whitechapel Gallery’s youth forum (Duchamp & Sons) include: Stories Uncovered (2016); EYESPY.FM (2016), a radio show on surveillance, privacy and control with artist Sophie Mallett, and a collaboration with artist Sam Curtis (2015) investigating place, exchange and identity.

She has previously worked as Project Assistant on the Youth Programme and as a trainee in the Education Department. She is also a Visiting Lecturer on the BA(Hons) Drawing course at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London where she received her degree in 2012.

Carolina Silva

Carolina Silva is a doctorate candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research focuses on long-term programmes for young people in contemporary art museums. In 2015 she was awarded a Fulbright Grant as a visiting researcher at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, where she collaborated with the Whitney Museum and the New Museum.

Silva has a background in Visual Arts (BA) and Art Education (MA) and worked as a research assistant in the international project “Meaning and mediation strategies in art museums” (2011-2013), and as an educator at the Modern Art Museum, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2007-2013).

She has published on the topic of art museum education and is the author of the chapter “Turning – Museums, young people, and long-term programmes” (In press).