Art History develops curating strand
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Last year, the Art History team launched a new second-year module, Curatorial Practice.
The aim of
the module was to introduce students to the theory and practice of curating
through a mixture of visits, taught sessions and expert-led classes from guest
lecturers. The module culminated with the students presenting their own
concepts as a series of ‘virtual exhibitions’ inspired by their experience
during the semester. CP students presenting their 'virtual exhibitions'
This year saw
a second equally successful run of the module. New visits were introduced and
students were especially privileged to be taken round the British Museum’s
splendid new Waddesdon Bequest gallery by its curator, Dr Dora Thornton.
Students also benefited from ‘behind the scenes’ tours and talks at the
Government Art Collection, Modern Art Oxford and the Ashmolean, as well as
having seminars with Laura Gangadeen of the National Trust and the freelance
curator, Judith Winter. For the final session, the students presented their
virtual exhibition posters to the module team, Elizabeth Darling, Christiana Payne
and Joanna Walker.
the opportunity to present their own exhibition, which looked at differences
between Western and Eastern artwork, Eleanor Palmer “We wanted to see the cultures alongside each other, and how they changed
over time. We’ve tended to focus on Renaissance Art, British Art and Modern
Art, so this module allowed us to look at something different. The module has
definitely helped me understand the logistics of putting an exhibition on and
Brookes has been a great environment to do it in.”
Tutor Elizabeth Darling reads the pamphlet designed by students for their exhibition 'Somewhere in the Middle'
Building on the success of Curatorial Practice, the History of Art team has
expanded the curating strand of their programme into the third year. This new
development consolidates the vocational side of the degree, and strengthens the
practical opportunities already offered by the course. The newly developed
module was run in collaboration with Modern Art Oxford. It enabled three
students: Eve Gould, Imogen Croft and Molly Osborne, to shadow members of its
staff, and gain first-hand experience of working in one of the country’s
leading contemporary art galleries. The aim of the module was to introduce them
to the variety of work that makes up the gallery’s activities. At the end of
the module, the students gave a well-received presentation on their experience
to the gallery staff. The Art History team intend to expand this collaboration,
and are currently developing a number of similar projects for rolling out across
the next two academic years.
Eve Gould, Imogen Croft and Molly Osbourne present to tutors and the gallery team at Modern Art Oxford.
about the experience Molly Osbourne said: “Getting
experience is one of the most important things you can do if you are
considering a career in curating. This module has allowed us to do that and has
also put into perspective what working in a Gallery is like. As a consequence
we’ve been able to determine what it is we enjoy and what career paths we want
Find out more about the Undergraduate Art History degree at Oxford Brookes University and Modern Art Oxford