Online event Course

Museum Curating Now: Behind the Scenes at Tate

Daria Martin, ‘In the Palace’ 2000
Daria Martin, In the Palace 2000. Tate. © Daria Martin

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, go behind-the-scenes at Tate to learn about collecting strategies, display practices, exhibition-making and learning programmes through the lens of the key research and debates shaping curatorial practice today. The sessions will be led by an external tutor and 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.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus situation, this course will 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.

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

Week 1. Introduction to Museum Curating Now: What is a Curator?

Week 2. Countering the Canon: Socially Activated Approaches to Curating

Week 3. Learning as Play: Collaborative Methods and Community Engagement

Week 4. Queering Curation

Week 5. Curating Live and Performance Art: Advantages and Challenges of Online Streaming During and After Covid-19

Week 6. Reading Week

Week 7. Digital Spaces: Repurposing Digital Tools During and Post Pandemic

Week 8. Transnationalism: Connecting Global Histories

Week 9. Reimagining the Curator - Artist Relationship

Week 10. Tate Exchange: Beyond the Museum

Week 11. Group Presentations

Dani Smith is an American-born painter, writer, and curator who has exhibited and worked across the US, UK, China, and Australia. She teaches the MFA Curating course at Goldsmiths University of London alongside her Ph.D where she is exploring selfhood, painting, black feminism and metaphysical trauma. Dani aims to create an active, open space for learners encouraging critical thinking and questioning.

Online Event

A link to join the course will be sent by email in January


Every Thursday at 14.00–17.00

20 January – 31 March 2022