How to… Curate Public Events and Performance

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    Rising Up In The Infinite Sky, 2018 Sophia Al-Maria and Victoria Sin. Photo by Oana Damir.


Past Event

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

This course takes an in depth look at curating public programmes for gallery contexts, from one off talks and symposia, to research-driven event series and experimental artist-led events, to ambitious large scale performances.

You will learn about:

  • How to conceive, produce and stage talks and live events, performances, series and festivals
  • How to set the scene for performance and commissioning new work
  • How to work creatively across platforms both within institutions and off-site
  • How to establish and develop funding, strategic partnerships and promotional networks


Early bird discount
Book before 31 May and save 20%. Use code: EARLYBIRD20

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


About Jane Scarth

Jane Scarth is Curator: Public Programmes at Whitechapel Gallery, developing and delivering public events including talks, symposia and performances. Previously she held the role of Residency and Programmes Manager at Delfina Foundation, where she was responsible for London-based residencies and public programming with international emerging to mid-career artists.

About Louise O'Kelly

Louise O’Kelly is an independent curator based in London. In 2015 she founded Block Universe, London’s leading international performance art festival, with the mission to create a platform and support structure for a new generation of interdisciplinary artists working with performance. Operating under a single curatorial vision, Block Universe commissions and produces works by UK-based and international artists which are presented at major institutions and off-site locations across London, expanding in 2019 to present work internationally. Since 2014 she co-hosts an ongoing talk series on contemporary art for the Soho House Group.