10 Tips for Aspiring Curators

So you want to be a curator, eh? Join the queue. The job of putting exhibitions together has never been more popular. Curating courses have spread like wildfire, drawing in more students every year. On paper, it sounds like the ideal job: curators are immersed in art, have the creative license to give shape to their visions, and, if contemporary art is their thing, hang out with some of the world's most exciting people, artists.

More details at: artnet.com

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FAD

FAD Website is a curation of the world’s most interesting art and culture which is significantly different from some of the other offerings out there.

They provide news, reviews and in-depth items. They also highlight upcoming events, act as a platform for new artists and a place for more established artists to share their thoughts in longer interviews.

The began in London and now have writers across the globe, hunting out and commenting on the most interesting new finds in art and culture in their location.

There is something very attractive about a site which proudly announces "Being interesting is great isn’t it?" on their 'about' page.  And they don't just cover art - but take a look at design, culture, styler and technology.

fadwebsite.com

 

it's Liquid

It’s LIQUID – describes itself as "a communication platform for contemporary art, architecture and design", and is certainly well worth a look.

They highlight international calls for entries, exhibitions and events at some of the world’s leading art galleries, museums and foundations, which makes them a good place to start when you are exploring opportunities.  The site also includes interviews with artists and designers to place some of the 'calls' and activities into context.

Founded in 2005, the site already has a readership of more than 100,000 subscribers including: architects, designers, artists, collectors, art critics, curators, dealers, and those interested in  aspects of international art, architecture and design.

www.itsliquid.com

 

Art Guide App

Artfund, the national fundraising charity for art, have an app which offers you the ultimate guide to seeing and experiencing art across venues in the UK.

The Art Guide lets you discover world-class exhibitions, museums and stunning country homes near you.

Useful for planning gallery visits, days out or to get up-to-date information when you’re out and about.

They recently released version 2.3 which is fully compatible with iOS 8 and Android.

With the app you can:

  • Search for the most interesting and inspirational exhibitions across the UK
  • Discover over 700 museums and galleries
  • Check for National Art Pass benefits and discounts wherever you are
  • Create a wishlist of your favourite exhibitions and places you'd like to visit
  • Set up alerts in your wishlist telling you when an exhibition is coming to an end
  • Browse high-res image galleries of venues, exhibition highlights and work the Art Fund has helped buy

More details and a link to download the app at www.artfund.org

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this is tomorrow

this is tomorrow (all lower case), aims to become a comprehensive archive of contemporary art, highlighting some of the most innovative and culturally significant exhibitions around the world.

The site believes that contemporary art has an intrinsic value for society that enriches peoples lives, offering multiple reflections on how we live and how our futures might be constructed.

this is tomorrow was a seminal art exhibition held in August 1956 at the Whitechapel Art Galllery, facilitated by curator Bryan Robertson. The core of the exhibition was the ICA Independent Group. It was the interdisciplinary and forward thinking nature of the exhibition that inspired the ethos and title of this online magazine.

Excellent content and packed full of relevant material as well as an extensive archive.

 

thisistomorrow.info

ArtRabbit

ArtRabbit provides up-to-date information on exhibitions and events held in contemporary art spaces.

Founded in 2006 by Tom Elsner, it provides a unique guide to exhibitions in the UK and world-wide, connecting thousands of art spaces, exhibitions and events for artists, art professionals, collectors, students.

From pop-up shows to world class exhibitions, at small independent galleries to major art institutions, visitors to the site can search for, discover and share contemporary art events all over the world.

ArtRabbit presents over 5000 art venues in over 50 countries who have already hosted over 47,000 contemporary art events to date.

They have an exhibition search page so you can select a location you are interested in and, as much of the information is provided directly by galleries or organisers - it tends to be detailed and timely.

More details at: www.artrabbit.com

Best exhibitions of 2014

To say that there have been some stunning exhibitions this year is a tiny understatement.  Difficult to make a selection but here, six a-n writers – based in London, Hastings, Glasgow and Edinburgh – pick, in no particular order, their top five UK exhibitions of the year.

More details at www.a-n.co.uk

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