Event: Curator Development Talks Series

This event finished on 23 November 2017
Venue: Waterside Price: £5.00 each; £12 series

Three events: 5th Oct 2017, 12th Oct 2017, 23rd Nov 2017

CIT’s Curator Incubator scheme is a new project funded by Arts Council England to build skills for emerging and mid-career curators. These talks are a linked series looking at different aspects of the curator’s role. Each event features leading speakers from the field of contemporary art.

5th October 2017 – The Role of the Curator

Our panel of guests examines the role of the curator, which has become an over-used term in popular culture. In devising an exhibition, how do curators work with artists to devise a narrative and how can a curator help develop an exhibition that presents a coherent narrative to reflect the artist’s vision?

Featuring Paulette Terry Brien, curator at The International 3 Gallery and freelance curator and photographer, Mario Popham.

12th October 2017 – Exhibition Planning & Logistics

The panel looks at the logistics of mounting an exhibition. Hanging options, lighting, working together with artists and the gallery, planning deadlines. This talk will examine how to develop an exhibition on a budget with tips for achieving a great outcome on minimal funds.

Featuring Paulette Terry Brien, curator at The International 3 Gallery and Matthew Pendergast, currently curator at Castlefield Gallery.

23rd November 2017 – Critical Writing

Our panel of contemporary arts specialists focuses on critical writing and developing exhibition narratives.

This talk explores the process for curators wishing to develop as writers on contemporary art for both print and online channels. The talk looks at which outlets curators can write for as well as tips for how to devise critical analysis of exhibitions and artists. The speakers will also explore how curators can work with artists to develop exhibition narratives, interpreting and contextualising work to communicate the artist’s vision to audiences.

Featuring Thomas Dukes, curator at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool.

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5th October 2017, 7-9pm

12th October 2017, 7-9pm

23rd November 2017, 7-9pm

For a discounted ticket price of £12 for all three sessions, please call Box Office on 0161 912 5616 or call into the Waterside Arts Centre.

About the Speakers

Paulette Terry Brien is co-founder and co-director of The International 3. Based in Salford, The International 3 presents a year-round programme of contemporary art exhibitions and events both on and off-site as well as representing artists and participating in national and international art fairs.

Paulette has, over the last 25 years, worked part-time and freelance for a number of organisations including Arts Council England and Creative Industries Development Service. She is regularly invited to deliver presentations within academic and professional development settings, has written articles, critical texts and catalogue contributions for a range of organisations including AXIS web, A-N, Manchester Art Gallery and Drawing Room, London and works as an artists’ mentor.

In 2016, Paulette completed an MPhil at Manchester Metropolitan University focused on the relationship between curating and the contemporary art fair.

Thomas Dukes has been living and working in Liverpool for five years, after completing a Masters in Arts, Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions at Liverpool University.  Having completed a work placement with Open Eye Gallery at Wood Street, Thomas continued to assist curator Karen Newman in the inaugural Mann Island exhibitions of Mitch Epstein and Richard Mosse until joining the gallery as Exhibitions Coordinator for the Mishka Henner show, Precious Commodities.

Having taken three years away from Open Eye Gallery working in Venue and Arts Collective Management Thomas has returned to look after artist liaison, exhibition logistics and programming public events.

Matthew Pendergast is an independent curator, living and working in the North West of England.

His recent projects include Hankering for Classification in collaboration with Elizabeth Wewiora, Federation House, Manchester (2014). Rule of Three in collaboration with Jeni Holt Wright, Islington Mill, Salford (2013). High Street Gallery in collaboration with Luke Ching, Manchester (2012). Pendergast is also curator at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.

He has an MA in Contemporary Curating (2012) from Manchester School of Art and a BA in Contemporary Art Practice from the University of Leeds (2006).

Mario Popham’s work has been exhibited in London, Wuhan and Rome among other places and his work, Enduring Growth was the subject of a solo exhibition at Manchester’s Cornerhouse in 2014. He was a  recipient of the Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Award 2013 and was nominated for the Tim Heatherington Trust 2014. He is currently working on a series of projects with artist Tom Baskeyfield collectively titled Shaped by Stone. The second instalment is currently under production with support from Arts Council England and will be exhibited at HOME, Manchester in 2018.

As a curator, Mario leads on Waterside’s digital art strands, Waterside I-O (2014-15) and Screenlight (2017-18) which profiles the work of over 20 digital artists at the venue. He also curated the venue’s Puppet Masters: Aardman Animation Exhibition in 2016 and devised  and mentored a group of visual artists for the Fine Focus exhibition at Waterside in 2013.