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London South Bank University: Curating Art and Public Programmes

Institution London South Bank University View institution profile
Department Arts and Media
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Telephone 0207 815 7500
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The MA Curating Art and Public Programmes is a unique collaboration between the country’s leading public gallery for contemporary art, the Whitechapel Gallery, and LSBU. Across one year of full-time study, it equips students with the practical, intellectual and critical skills required to work within the field of curating contemporary art and public programmes.

The programme offers current and relevant theoretical knowledge and understanding in the field of curating contemporary art, as well as a range of work-based learning opportunities, developing high quality curators with an applied and relevant skillset. It provides students with hands-on experience of a working, vibrant public gallery such as the Whitechapel Gallery, renowned for its pioneering exhibitions of modern and contemporary art and public events programme. Students are placed in professional networks from the outset, providing an excellent foundation for their future careers.

Why study Curating Art and Public Programmes at LSBU? This course is a collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery, the UK’s leading public gallery for contemporary art. We educate and train curators for a competitive professional field, by offering embedded professional behind-the-scenes experience. Unique focus on diverse curatorial strands such as commissioning art and new media, curating archives, curating public and private collections, curating emerging artists’ and writers’ residencies, curating solo and group exhibitions. Course supported by the Whitechapel Gallery’s rich networks and its community of artists, critics and academics, offering unique opportunities for professional networking and development. Delivered by high calibre industry professionals, this course offers employable and transferable skills.

Employability Employability has been carefully considered for this programme, as one of its main aims is to offer students professional avenues into the artworld and creative industries more widely and support them to achieve professional success within this challenging and demanding context. The course offers transferable skills throughout as well as opportunities to engage with other industry partners and wider networks.

Professional links The programme benefits from the collaboration between Whitechapel Gallery and all its stakeholders and supporters. For example, NEON Organisation in Greece, funds the successful programme NEON Curatorial Exchange, devised and managed by the Whitechapel Gallery. This involves a fully funded trip and professional visits including mentoring and the opportunity to apply for NEON Curatorial Award. This scheme and others, will be offered to a number of students on the course.

Placements The backbone to the programme is a 60-credit placement delivered over two semesters at the Whitechapel Gallery – all of the Gallery’s departments are receiving students who will be developing applied understanding of the various aspects of working in an art institution to develop exhibitions and public programmes, as well as communication and development strategies to promote and support the Gallery’s activities. Other work-based modules at the Gallery include those concerning the practices of engaging and working with diverse community groups and the public.


London South Bank University


London South Bank University (LSBU) is a cosmopolitan university with a can do, go do attitude, welcoming over 15,000 students from 130+ countries and a global alumni network of over 80,000.

LSBU has served south London and beyond for over 125 years with a consistent commitment to providing high-quality education to all. The university has strong links with employers and courses are applied, accredited and offer placement opportunities.

The university is made up of seven schools offering both research and taught postgraduate courses:

•           School of Applied Sciences

•           School of Arts and Creative Industries

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