November 30, 2018

MFA Curating

Goldsmiths, University of London

Jenna Sutela, RI JIRI I O WA NU RU DAINICHI T-1000, 2016; Anna Mikkola, Cultures of Spatial Modelling, 2017; Jenna Sutela, From Hierarchy to Holarchy, 2015. Photo: Anna Mikkola. 

The MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths are currently welcoming applications for the 2019 entry.

The original meaning of the word curare means care, and curators have long been caretakers of collections, of artists, exhibitions and ideas. This is important to recall in our times of upheavals and uncertainty—uncertain in terms of the profession and the artworld, but also in terms of the state of the world, and any future for a common world.

In our MFA programme, we see curating as a central and complex place from which to see the world, and the role of contemporary art in seeing and imagining it anew. The programme thus offers knowledge in the form of a toolbox, ranging from theoretical concepts to the practicalities of project management, and is built on a peer-to-peer learning model. Our student-centered learning generates independent, articulate, confident, self-motivated, knowledgeable producers who support each other’s learning and development, both on the course and beyond.

The programme is designed for students engaged in contemporary curating as an artistic, social and critical undertaking, and who wish to develop their professional practice in this area. It enables you to experiment and innovate in an expanded field of curatorial studies, encompassing various forms of exhibition-making and design, but also live events and film screenings, public programming, performances and festivals, as well as digital formats and both academic and alternative publishing. While using contemporary art as the vantage point, we also welcome practitioners from related fields who are interesting in applying curatorial methods and thinking in the future work.

Ultimately, we aim to help you become precisely the kind of curator that you want to be, and we will help you identify which part of the artworld you want to work in, and contribute to.

The programme is uniquely situated within the Department of Art, and draws its understanding of contemporary art as a practice from this setting. We are currently based in Deptford, an important hub for emerging artists and galleries. The course also offers students the possibility of realizing projects through our collaborations with Chisenhale Studios, Cubbitt and EnclaveLab, as well as other spaces and placements, and students will be engaging directly with the Goldsmiths CCA, our new centre for contemporary art at Goldsmiths. We offer a number of bursaries for our students, as well as a Fellowship Programme for graduating students in the department and the Goldsmiths CCA, as a bridge to professional life.

Goldsmiths' MFA Curating programme is recognised worldwide for producing highly qualified curators and other arts professionals, known for their rigour and independence. Our graduates find employment in top international museums, art enters, commercial galleries, magazines, alternative spaces and not-for-profit organisations. Ultimately, we aim to help you become precisely the kind of curator that you want to be, and we will help you identify which part of the artworld you want to work in, and contribute to.

Our staff is made up of internationally renowned curators and academics whose own professional practice informs their work as teachers: Paul Clinton, Dr. Ele Carpenter, Chris Hammond, Kirsty Ogg, Helena Reckitt, Prof. Andrew Renton, Dr. Simon Sheikh and Dr. Gilda Williams.

Apply here.

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