How to… Curate an Exhibition – Touring Exhibitions and Partnerships

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    Mikhail Karikis, No Ordinary Protest, 2018. Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery. Photo: Stephen White

Past Event

This event was on Fri 12 Jul, 10am – 5pm

This session explores different exhibition partnership models including curatorial collaborations and touring exhibitions. We will look at different curatorial strands and settings within an institution, defining theoretical concerns alongside practical project management advice when working with partner institutions.

You will learn about:

  • The work of the curator in developing new  exhibition models
  • Collaborating with artists, collections and curators on different partnerships
  • The logistics of organising touring exhibitions and partnerships


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


About Lydia Yee

Lydia Yee  has been Chief Curator at Whitechapel Gallery since 2015  curating exhibitions including Is This Tomorrow ?( 2019); Ulla von Brandenburg: Sweet Feast (2018/2019 ); Leonor Antunes: the frisson of the togetherness (2017/2018); Mary Heilmann: Looking at Pictures and Keith Sonnier: Light Works, 1968–70 (both 2016) and Music for Museums (2015). Before that, Yee was curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, a role she assumed in 2007. Her exhibitions at that institution included Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector (2015), Bauhaus: Art as Life (2013) and Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene (2011). She has also commissioned works by artists including Cory Arcangel, John Bock, Ayşe Erkmen, Geoffrey Farmer and Huang Yong Ping, among others. Yee was formerly a senior curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and was the 2006 recipient of the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. She was also co-curator of British Art Show 8 (2015–16), which toured to Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton.

About Emily Butler

Emily Butler is a curator, writer and translator. Currently Mahera and Mohammad Abu Ghazaleh Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. Projects include the ongoing Artists’ Film International programme, survey exhibitions such as The London Open 2018, Electronic Superhighway (2016), major solo shows by Hannah Höch (2014), John Stezaker, Wilhelm Sasnal (2011), collection displays such as the ISelf Collection, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington (2017), commissions by artists such as Benedict Drew (2016), Kader Attia (2013) and Rachel Whiteread (2012), as well as festivals including Art Night 2017. She previously worked in the Visual Arts Department of the British Council, and contributes to international publications and independent projects.

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 ”la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art series of collection displays – ongoing.

Whitechapel Lates: All exhibitions free from 6-9pm today!