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AHT1202: Curating: Introduction

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Curating: Introduction

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This unit is an introduction to curating intended for first-year students enrolled in the Bachelor of Art History and Curating degree. It aims to introduce you to key elements in the field of curating, including: the role of the curator; the site of the museum and gallery, the work undertaken there, and the roles of different staff at these institutions, such as conservator, registrar, and installer; the process of organising, viewing, and evaluating an exhibition; forms of curatorial mediation, from examining how exhibitions generate dialogue amongst artworks to writing curatorially about artworks and exhibitions. This unit will also introduce you to curatorial ethics and the relationship between the curator and the artist, including the studio visit and protocols for engaging Indigenous artists.


1 - Critical analysis - 10% 2 - Preliminary proposal - 10% 3 - Presentation - 30% 4 - Exhibition proposal - 50%


12 hours per week including 3 contact hours plus 9 hours of independent study, or equivalent.