Managing Galleries and Exhibition Projects

The details
Art History and Theory
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
12 August 2019


Requisites for this module
AR952 and AR953


AR952, AR953

Key module for

MA V35612 Curating,
MA V356PP Curating with Professional Placement

Module description

This module consists of a series of lectures and workshops to introduce and develop key skills and knowledge in the production of exhibition projects and the management of museums' and galleries' curatorial programming.

A set of carefully choreographed topics runs throughout the term, timed to coincide with the work being done by the MA Curating students for their group exhibition project, but for other students the timing of these classes demonstrates the logical hierarchy of priorities for exhibition (or other curatorial projects) organising.

The subjects covered in and the content of these lectures and workshops are valuable and useful to all students interested in producing exhibitions and other curatorial projects in their future careers.

Module aims

This module aims to equip students sith an overview of the possible career paths for museum and gallery work, including the varied forms of curatorial labour, through contact and discussion with working professionals in the arts sector. It also aims to introduce students to and begin to equip them with the practical skills associated with museum and gallery work.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should also have acquired a set of transferable skills, and in particular be able to:

• define the task in which they are engaged and exclude what is irrelevant;
• seek and organise the most relevant discussions and sources of information;
• process a large volume of diverse and sometimes conflicting arguments;
• compare and evaluate different arguments and assess the limitations of their own position or procedure;
• write and present verbally a succinct and precise account of positions, arguments, and their presuppositions and implications;
• be sensitive to the positions of others and communicate their own views in ways that are accessible to them;
• think 'laterally' and creatively - see interesting connections and possibilities and present these clearly rather than as vague hunches;
• maintain intellectual flexibility and revise their own position if shown wrong;
• think critically and constructively.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

1-2 hour seminar each week for 10 weeks in the Autumn Term.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical   Managing Galleries and Exhibition Projects    0% 

Overall assessment

Module is either passed or marked as not completed.


Module is either passed or marked as not completed.

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Gavin Grindon, email:
Dr Gavin Grindon



External examiner

Dr H Camilla Smith
University of Birmingham
Lecturer in Art History
Available via Moodle
Of 36 hours, 16 (44.4%) hours available to students:
20 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Art History and Theory

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