How to Curate the Moving Image

  • How to Curate the Moving image

Past Event

This event was on Fri 27 Oct 2017

From curating film programmes to organising festivals and developing residencies, this day will explore the varied role of the institutional and freelance programmer specialising in film programming, video art and digital media curatorial practice and moving image culture. What you will learn:

  • How to approach initial research: theories of audience and changing receptions of moving image
  • How to deal with practicalities involved in programming on various sites and for  different audiences
  • How to develop collaborations with partners and navigate industry networks
  • How to engage with critical writing and film production


Lunch and refreshments will be included in the course fee

About: Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans is a London-based writer, curator, presenter, producer and Whitechapel Gallery’s Adjunct Moving Image Curator. He is also co-curator of Flipside Festival, Swedenborg Film Festival, Estuary 2018 and Whitstable Biennale. He conceived and co-curated the year-long Utopia 2016 at Somerset House.

He created and programmed PLACE, the annual cross-platform festival at Aldeburgh Music, is Co-Director of production agency Artevents and has curated numerous film and event seasons across the UK (e.g. J.G.Ballard, Portugal, Roma Cinema, Armenia) at the Barbican, ICA, Institut Francais, Arnolfini and Watershed among many others). He commissioned Things by Ben Rivers, which won the 2015 Tiger Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival.

He worked on the film pages of Time Out from 2000-20005, edited the international moving image magazine Vertigo from 2002 – 2009 and now edits Artesian and co-edits for Go Together Press and House Sparrow Press.

About: Emily Butler

Emily Butler is a curator, writer and translator. Currently Mahera and Mohammad Abu Ghazaleh Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, she curates the Artists’ Film International programme and has worked on survey exhibitions such as Electronic Superhighway, 2016, on exhibitions drawn from the collections such as the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the ISelf collection, on commissions by artists such as Rachel Whiteread, 2012 and Kader Attia, 2013-4, and major solo presentations by John Stezaker, Wilhelm Sasnal, 2011 and Hannah Höch, 2014.

Previously, she worked in the Visual Arts Department at the British Council on international touring exhibitions including Tracey Emin at the British Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2007; Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane’s Folk Archive, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2009 and Flicker, Damascus, 2009.

She also edits and contributes to exhibition catalogues and art publications. Independent projects include Reel Portraits screening at the ICA, London, 2013 and participating in the Open Source visual arts festival, London, 2015, and 2016.