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Centre for Curatorial Studies

ESCALA teaching and research space

Teaching and research space for our Essex Collection of Art from Latin America

Our Centre for Curatorial Studies is a research and teaching unit focusing on contemporary curatorial practice and theory, and contemporary museology.

Curatorial studies students benefit from our close working partnerships with our University gallery Art Exchange, and Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA), which has a state-of-the-art teaching and research space and is the largest collection of its kind in Europe.

We also work with a range of external partners, including Firstsite gallery.

Courses

We offer a range curating courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

  • BA Curatorial Studies

    BA Curatorial Studies is a new option among our undergraduate courses.

  • MA in Curating

    Our MA in Curating is ideal for anyone interested in starting or developing a career in curating or working in galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. It combines specialist modules with the option to curate an exhibition at our University’s Art Exchange gallery; write a dissertation; or produce a detailed proposal for a major, research-led exhibition.

  • PhD Curating

    PhD Curating enables you to pursue advanced curatorial study through a combination of research-based exhibition project with an accompanying thesis.

Our staff

Curating Masters student exhibition (C)overt Corporeality at our University's Art Exchange gallery

Curating Masters student exhibition (C)overt Corporeality at our University's Art Exchange gallery

Other academic staff from our School contribute to our teaching and research provision, and throughout the year we invite curators, artists and other arts professionals as visiting lecturers.

Discover curatorial studies

In this video, our Centre for Curatorial Studies Co-Directors Dr Michael Tymkiw and Dr Gavin Grindon talk about the range of practical, historical and theoretical expertise from which our students benefit alongside facilities such as Art Exchange and Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA). .

Photo of Firstsite gallery, Colchester

Firstsite gallery, Colchester (photo: Richard Bryant).

Student exhibitions

Every year students taking our MA Curating produce an exhibition as part of the programme of our University’s Art Exchange gallery.

Students gain valuable first-hand experience of the development and organisation of an exhibition and its programme of related public events, from working with artists, galleries and collections to source artworks, to installation, marketing and audience engagement.

Past exhibitions

Student projects

Past projects

  • 2010

    Photo of the Contingency of Curation

    The Contingency of Curation conference at Tate Britain.

    The Contingency of Curation

    Curating students from the University of Essex, Chelsea College of Art and Design and Sheffield Hallam University collaborated to produce a conference at Tate Britain and accompanying publication exploring key topical issues in the theory and practice of curating.

     

     

     

  • 2009

    Photo of Project Biennale book launch in Venice.

    Project Biennale book launch in Venice.

    Project Biennale, June 2009
    • Contributing artists and curators: Lana Mullen, Regina Shin, Bryan Eccleshall, Rachael Bau, The Hut Project, Kirsten Cooke, Dale Holmes, Martyn Cashmore, Goesta Diercks, James Stevens, Harriet Davies, Becky Shaw, Ann Harezlak, Sayoko Nakahara, Ingrid Swenson, Teresa Gleadowe, Yan Geat Cheng, Mafalda Susin, Jeni Walwin, Marion Coutts, Helena Copsey, Fiona Shipwright, Bruce Haines, Alex Rich, Luiza Holub, Sue-Na Gay, Sarah Smizz, Taylor Le Fin, Paul O'Neill, Natalie Mortimer, Hamja Ahsan, Jeffrey Charles, Henry Peacock, Maxa Zoller and Pippa Lennox.
    • Project Biennale blog
    • Project Biennale publication

    For Project Biennale, curatorial students from the University of Essex, Chelsea College of Art and Design and Sheffield Hallam University collaborated to produce an exhibition in book form investigating the peripheral activities that extend and support the experience of the phenomenon that is Biennale culture. The book was launched at The Venice Biennale's opening week.

Art Exchange gallery

Image of the art exchange

Our University gallery Art Exchange runs an exciting programme of exhibitions and artist and curator talks - allowing our students to see art works first hand as well as to gain work experience.

ESCALA

ESCALA

The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America (ESCALA) is a unique research and teaching resource giving our students the chance to engage with over 750 artworks from 1900 to the present.

Banksy’s Dismaland

Banksy dismaland

Read about our Centre for Curatorial Studies Co-Director Dr Gavin Grindon curating the Museum of Cruel Designs as part of artist Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition project at Weston-super-Mare.

Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel

Banksy Walled Off Hotel

Our Centre for Curatorial Studies Co-Director, Dr Gavin Grindon has helped Banksy curate a Museum of Colonialism at the heart of The Walled Off Hotel which the artist has opened in Bethlehem.