Artist Wolfgang Tillmans stands in front of two photographs inside the Tate Modern exhibition
Coming Soon Tate Modern Course

Museum Curating Now: Behind the Scenes at Tate

Every Tuesday
16 January – 27 March 2018

​Installation shot from the Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017 exhibition at Tate Modern. © Tate Photography

​Discover what contemporary curating means in an international arts institution like Tate

What is the role of a curator? What are the decisions, strategies and approaches that inform and shape the work of curators today? How do they negotiate the wide range of social, political and economic factors in which they operate?

Across eleven weeks, learn about the ways in which curators at Tate develop, manage and engage with art and a collection, exhibitions and events programmes. This course also considers how a curator’s work responds to diverse institutional and non-institutional influences, as well as current global social and economic contexts.

Sessions focus on current exhibitions including Modigliani, working with a museum collection, planning for the future and expanding audiences. We also explore the relationships developed and negotiated between curators, artists and other partners.
Throughout the course Tate staff present on their current work in Q&A sessions with participants, while readings and visits to galleries will highlight key issues and themes of contemporary curating practices.

No prior knowledge of art history or museum studies is necessary.

Past participant comments

It was great to learn about theories behind curating, as a lot of it is very practical – great to hear from curators but also from peers.
By looking at each of the departments we were able to see how they work together to make museums run smoothly. Curating is involved with all these aspects.
I have learnt so much in such an animated and engaging environment that I can now excitedly say that I would like to pursue curation further as a career!

​​Organised in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London​


Clore Studio

Tate Modern
Plan your visit


Every Tuesday at 14.00–17.00

16 January – 27 March 2018



Concessions available

Your ticket will be valid for the whole course

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