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Resource Guide

A guide for new curators 

Juan Bolivar, an artist and curator, explores the history and practice of curating, and provides ten key questions for independent curators and artists to help guide you in developing your first exhibitions. Bolivar’s painting practice runs parallel to his curating practice; first initiating TRAILER (2001-05) – an artist collective utilising temporary locations to stage exhibitions – and since, going on to curate over 40 exhibitions as an independent curator.

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Funding your work: crowdfunding and patronage platforms

Hen Norton explores the use of fundraising platforms online and offers her top ten tips to help you build a sustainable creative business or project, and reach a wider and more engaged network of supporters through crowdfunding. 

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Resource Guide

Approaching galleries

Jennie Syson, director of the commercial gallery Syson in Nottingham, offers some advice on approaching galleries, through setting out the different research routes and methods you might use.

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Proposals: exhibitions in galleries

Proactively seeking out opportunities to realise exhibitions and projects is an important strategy in the arts. Adam Smythe, Curator at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, gives some advice on the best methods of approaching galleries with exhibition proposals for your own work or for curatorial projects.

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Is blogging for me?

Andrew Bryant addresses some typical concerns about starting a blog and shows how a-n bloggers are developing ideas, striking up conversations, and being creative with the processes involved.

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Resource Profile

Robbie Lockwood and Stefan Szczelkun

Video of artists Robbie Lockwood and Stefan Szczelkun discussing sustaining their practices, the benefits and challenges of working in collectives and radical approaches to education groups.

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Resource Profile

Katharine Meynell and Aaron Williamson

Video of artists Katharine Meynell and Aaron Williamson discussing shared interests in their practices, identity politics and shifts in education, funding models and public perceptions of art.

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AIR INSIGHTS: Curating at Surface Gallery
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Surface Gallery

Jack Hutchinson speaks to volunteers at Surface Gallery, an independent, artist-led gallery and studio complex in Nottingham. Its expansive programme involves exhibitions, talks and residencies. 

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Midwest - New Thinking A New Perspective
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Midwest

Midwest was an artist’s development programme that ran from 2003 to 2008 in the West Midlands. Here we share pdf reports on Midwest’s activity that provide valuable insights into possibilities within artist-led culture.

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Against the grain

Striving and surviving in the do it yourself art world; curating, managing members, self-publishing. Richard Taylor talks to three recently founded artists’ groups about doing it ‘DIY’, progress so far and what the future holds.

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Resource Introduction

Artists in empty shops

Dan Thompson from The Revolutionary Arts Group reveals how artists are once again making use of empty spaces as a means to kick-start both the cultural and economic well being of town centres, and suggests seven steps to enable this area of practice to flourish.

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Fay Incorporated, performance at ?art art art? first birthday, 2008
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Matt Roberts

Curator Matt Roberts talks to Jane Watt about how and why he set up the London-based organisation Matt Roberts Arts and the importance of providing support and a platform for emerging and mid-career artists, curators and arts professionals.

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Curatorial practice

An overview of curatorial practice, highlights profiles and other resources on this topic.

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Mark Wilsher

Mark Wilsher talks about combining the roles of artist and curator in his own practice.

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Rachel Garfield

Rachel Garfield explains how a desire to critique dominant models of the mainstream informs her curatorial practice.

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Shezad Dawood

Shezad Dawood discusses how he see curation as an opportunity to explore the interplay between his own work and that of other artists.

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Simon Tegala

Simon Tegala tells how he needs to adopt many different roles to realise the production of his curatorial projects.

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The Centre of Attention

The Centre of Attention (Pierre Coinde and Gary O’Dwyer) reveal their approach to ‘participatory curating’.

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Artist-curator relationships

Growth of independent curators and curatorial agencies within the UK over the last decade is no accident. Generated in part as a response to inherent constraints within the traditional gallery and museum world and development of specialist curatorial courses, it has undeniably brought fresh perspectives to artist-curator relationships and, increasingly, supports those practitioners seeking to move across into curation as a natural extension of their visual arts practice.

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Peckham Space proposed visual of new building on Peckham Square, by Penson Ltd, 2009.
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Independent perspectives

Emily Druiff and Sophie Hope discuss independent practice in relation self-initiated curator and artist-led projects.

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David A Bailey

David A Bailey talks about how his socially-informed work has led him to curate projects that set it within a wider (art) historical context.

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