How to… Curate an Exhibition – Archive Displays

  • Staging Jackson Pollock, 2018. Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery. Photo Stephen White

    Staging Jackson Pollock, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery. Photo Stephen White

Past Event

This event was on Thu 18 Jul 2019, 10am – 5pm

This session explores the role of the curator in organising exhibitions with a focus on archive 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 collections.

You will learn about:

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


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Art Fund bursaries are available for this course. Find out more.

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 curated a number of successful  exhibitions, including John Latham: Anarchive (2010), Aspen Magazine: 1965-1971 (2012), Black Eyes & Lemonade: Curating Popular Art (2013), Intellectual Barbarians: The Kibbo Kift Kindred (2015-2016), Imprint 93 (2016), Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? (2016-2017) and Queer Spaces: London, 1980s – Today (2019).

About Cameron Foote

Cameron Foote is Assistant Curator at Whitechapel Gallery, London. Before that, he held similar positions at Tate St Ives in Cornwall and The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 in New York. Recent exhibitions he has contributed research or texts to include The London Open (2018), Thomas Ruff: Photographs 1979–2017 (2017), Alicja Kwade: Medium Median (2017), Eduardo Paolozzi (2017) and Yoko Ono: One Woman Show (2015).