Online event Course

Museum Curating Now

Image projection on concrete wall of a black man standing with white paint letters on his body

Faustin Linyekula / Studios Kabako My Body, My Archive. Photo © Tate: Oliver Cowling

Discover what contemporary curating means in an international art museum

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

Over eleven weeks, learn about collecting, display practices, exhibition-making and learning programmes at Tate through the lens of the key research and debates shaping curatorial practice today. Led by Hannah Zafiropoulos, sessions include presentations by Tate curators, readings, group discussion and digital content.

No prior knowledge of art history or museum studies necessary. Participants will be joined by MA students from the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London.

Course overview

  • Week 1. Introduction to Museum Curating Now: What is a curator?
  • Week 2. Rethinking the Canon: Curating African and South Asian Art
  • Week 3. Experiments in Learning
  • Week 4. Working with Artists and Exhibitions
  • Week 5. Curating Live Art and Performance
  • Week 6. Reading Week: Optional Skills Workshop
  • Week 7. Museum Curating in a Digital Age
  • Week 8. Approaching Global Art Histories: Transnational
  • Week 9. Politics and Practices of Display
  • Week 10. Beyond the Museum: Tate Exchange
  • Week 11. Group Presentations

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus situation and continuing restrictions on in-gallery events, this course will now be offered online in closed video conferencing sessions for a limited number of participants. The greatest care has been taken to ensure that remote courses will provide the same content, quality and intended learning outcomes as in-person teaching.

If you are interested in joining the course but would like to know more about how this will work before signing up, please contact us at


Hannah Zafiropoulos is Assistant Curator of Public Programmes at Tate. She has previously curated exhibitions and learning programmes at Tensta konsthall (Stockholm), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin), Gasworks (London) and Calvert 22 Foundation (London). She holds a BA in History of Art from the Courtauld and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the RCA.

In partnership with the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London.

Online Event

This event will take place via Zoom


Every Thursday at 14.00–17.00

21 January – 1 April 2021