Grand Union’s Curatorial Curriculum is an alternative learning programme for emerging curators, consisting of intensive workshops led by internationally-renowned practitioners. The workshops are held over four weekends annually, exploring different forms of curatorial practice. The course is aimed at curators at the beginning of their careers, to offer an alternative programme to costly postgraduate study in a slightly less formal environment.
The sessions will be as follows:
25–27 May: Curating in Birmingham led by Birmingham-based curators, organisations and artists
Curating in Birmingham as our first session will introduce participants to Grand Union staff’s practices, as well as those of other Birmingham-based organisations and artists. This longer introductory session will include opportunities for studio-visits, sharing past projects with other participants, and considering how curating might operate in a city as particular as Birmingham, in regards to its histories of industry, migration and labour.
August: Curating in Conversation led by Sophia Yadong Hao
Curating in Conversation will explore a rhizomatic approach in the discursive and critical relationships between curators and artists as a beneficial and intrinsic part of curatorial and artistic practices. Cooper Gallery (University of Dundee) Director, Sophia Yadong Hao will discuss the necessity of complexity to her long-term dialogue with artists such as Bruce McLean and Edgar Schmitz as well as in Hao’s recent two-chapter project Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event?
September: Curating in Learning led by Janna Graham
Curating in Learning will take place during our Autumn exhibition, examining notions of radical pedagogy and care within processes of learning. Referring to her own research, Janna Graham – lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths – will lead a session extrapolating the functions of Queer and Feminist practices in relation to these conversations.
October: Curating in Publics led by Annie Fletcher
Curating in Publics will examine the relationship between curating practices, working with collections and staging encounters with publics. Looking at her approach to curating at the Van Abbemuseum, Annie Fletcher will lead a session examining the relevance of the museums and collections today, how they can be reworked and rethought, how they can have political agency and how they can challenge visitors to think about art and its place in the world.