Texts, Talks and Technicalities: MA Curating Exhibition 2014

Jazia Hammoudi, MA Curating Student

With the 20 June opening of Impress: Print Making Expanded in Contemporary Art fast approaching, this week was full of major decisions.

Now that the loan letters are off and we have a pretty good idea of our layout in the galleries, we’ve started to focus more heavily on the slightly less glamorous but still absolutely essential parts of exhibition planning.

We’ve spent a lot of time discussing and modifying our installation schedule, due to begin 9 June in The Courtauld Gallery. We’ve hired painters, calculated the amount and cost of the supplies we need, and coordinated deliveries for art works with the Arts Council Collection.


View of MA Curating students working on their forthcoming exhibition

Behind the scenes – MA Curating

Our press and marketing team have also been working overtime to advertise the exhibition through social media and other avenues (check out our fabulous Instagram MACurating), and our events team have outlined different kinds of talks, evenings, and workshops for anyone and everyone to enjoy.

We’re planning on having a whole series of lunchtime and weekend talks that will focus on different pieces and topics in the show. Make sure to look out for the events schedule, and tweet at @MACurating if there are any particular artworks you want to hear us discuss!

The kinds of texts we want to include have also come under close scrutiny this week, and after some deliberation we’ve decided to produce a small booklet.

It’s going to be an accompaniment to the displays, with an introduction about the show, useful information on printmaking techniques (just to refresh everyone’s memory!), and a few short essays on major themes we’d like to point out.

We’ve also finished writing wall texts, which have been quite challenging. Writing an explanation of an artist’s methods, background, and place in our show all in less than 90 words is no easy task!

Now it’s back to work. Keep checking for more updates on our process.

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Impress: Print Making Expanded in Contemporary Art  20 June – 20 July 2014