How to Curate an Exhibition

  • Inside the Gallery How To Courses Whitechapel Gallery 2017

    The London Open 2015; installation view at Whitechapel Gallery. Photo Dan Weilill

Past Event

This event was on Fri 31 Mar 2017, 10am–5pm

This day-course tackles the multifaceted role of the curator in organising exhibitions: we look at different curatorial settings and formats (institutional v independent), defining theoretical concerns alongside more practical project management advice, with logistical and registrar procedure.

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

What you will learn:

  • The Role of the Curator
  • Curating in Context: Models and Methodologies
  • Exhibition Organising and Logistics
  • Commissioning Artists
  • Developing Exhibition Proposals and Communicating Ideas


Course leaders:

  • Daniel F. Herrmann – Eisler Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies at the Whitechapel Gallery
  • Habda Rashid – Assistant Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery


Event details

Date: Fri 31 Mar 2017
Time: 10am–5pm
Location: Clore Creative Studio
Lunch and refreshments included

About the course leaders

Daniel F. Herrmann
Eisler Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Having studied Art History and German Literature and Linguistics at the University of Hamburg, Germany, Herrmann worked as Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, before joining the Whitechapel Gallery in 2010.

His exhibitions include Eduardo Paolozzi (2017); The London Open (2015); Hannah Höch (2014); The Max Mara Art Prize for Women: Laure Provoust (2013), for which the artist was awarded the 2013 Turner Prize; Gillian Wearing (2012) and John Stezaker (2011), for which the artist was awarded the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

Habda Rashid

Habda Rashid is Assistant Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibitions she has worked on include: the Bloomberg Commission, Josiah McElheny: The Past Was A Mirage I Had Left Far Behind (2011—12), for which she programmed four screenings of abstract film and curated the archival display; The London Open (2012); The Spirit of Utopia (2013); Chris Marker: A Grin Without a Cat (2014), co-editing the catalogue; Mary Heilmann: Looking at Pictures (2016). She has coordinated the production of numerous exhibition catalogues at the gallery, editing with Lydia Yee the Mary Heilmann catalogue and for the V-A-C collection exhibition series (2014–15) her interview with participating artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was published. Prior to working at the Whitechapel Gallery she studied photography at London College of Printing, ran an independent gallery space in London, and completed an MA in curating at London Metropolitan University / Whitechapel Gallery. She currently sits on the board of Trustees for PEER gallery and will give tutorials on the MFA programme at Goldsmiths University.