Call for Applicants
Deadline June 25th 2008
in Curating Contemporary Art commencing in October 2008 is
focused on the practical: between
the making, performance,
distribution, and curating
of art in the contexts of its international markets.
Students will be required to engage practically and critically
by developing personal curatorial projects.
This highly productive M.A.
course will operate professionally and energetically across
both the commercial and institutional fields of distribution
of art's expanding markets.
We welcome applications for this fully accredited M.A.
from practising artists and curators,
new or inexperienced graduates in art,
design, and art history or
with experience in a related academic,
or professional / commercial
practice. Study is undertaken
to be completed in one year,
or part time, over two years.
Curating Course complements parallel programmes in Contemporary
Fine Art Practice and Graphic Art and Design,
available as production resources.
Overseas students are required to meet IELTS English standards,
to Level 6. The M.A.
course is taught by lecture,
seminar and tutorial, to produce
a body of course work, with
departmental accommodation situated at Leeds Metropolitan
University itself and with gallery /
office space and seminar clinics held in London.
Regular field trips will be provided to and from London for
the development of personal and group projects.
The course seeks to be open to diversity,
experiment in untried, innovative
In common with the other art and design programmes each participant
works through a self-identified
project. The project is negotiated
by means of a Professional Development document which sets
out the participant's aims,
concerns and intentions along with the means of achieving
them and its possible outcomes.
The Document is reviewed along the way,
supported by advisors, and
allowed to evolve over the course of the programme.
Funding applications will be sought to provide backing for
its professional project realisation.
What kind of projects?
A project may be for example executed in establishing programmes
for artists-run spaces and
galleries; entering professional
networks online; designing
digital forms for museums;
realising exhibitions, from
start to finish. The course
addresses practical aspects including proactively organising
budgets and loans for production right through to arrangements
in partnerships with host museums,
art institutions and galleries.
A series of small-scale exhibitionary
projects in Leeds may also to be considered as an 'emergency'
biennale in urban sites made available with the assistance
of the University, Arts Council,
Axis, and local business sponsors.
Further funding opportunities would be made available through
the relevant local art / education
Assessment is formative by individual and group project development,
providing weekly individual tutorials and group seminar feedback,
and by the critical evaluation of evidences that demonstrate
resourcefulness. These include
conceptual and theoretical implementation and the potential
of each realisation for the undertaking,
planning and engagement of a curated work.
Online curating projects are to be considered as valuable
research documents of curatorial work,
and will be assessed by the same criteria applied to exhibitionary
projects, in their own right.
The course's own website www.slashseconds.org/,
provides students with an introduction to contemporary artists
and curators, as a research
tool for use as a directory of practices,
organisations, and academics
whose interest may be invited into dialogue to conceive new
projects. See also www.reduxprojects.org.uk/,
set up in 2003 by the Course leader,
Peter Lewis, as an on-going
curatorial project interfacing art /
educational in events in London.
Redux maintains an office in London that will be at the service
of students of the course.
The course will be taught by invited lectures and seminars,
presented in a series by visiting curators,
Currently invited speakers /
- Paul O'Neill - Artist,
Curator, Lecturer at Goldsmiths
College in Curating
- Andrew Hunt - Curator,
Critic, Director of the
International Project Space,
- Peter Fillingham - Artist,
Curator, Head of Sculpture,
Central St. Martins,
- Clementine Deliss - Curator,
Publisher and Lecturer,
Director of Future Academy,
and the Editor, Metronome
- Gilda Williams - Curator,
Sothebys Institute, (previously
Commissioning Editor, Phaidon
Books, Managing Editor,
Flash Art, London Correspondent,
- Barbara Steveni - Artist,
Curator, Director Artists
Placement Group, collaborator
with John Latham
- Colm Lally - Director,
Event Gallery & Network,
- Celine Conderelli - Architect,
- Hoor Al-Qasimi - Artist,
- Maurizio Bortolotti - Curator,
Writer, and Lecturer at
- Alessandra Poggianti- Curator,
Organiser, Isola Art center,
- Annie Ratti - Artist,
Director, Fondazione Antonio
There will be opportunities for students to propose guests
specific to their project.
Meetings outside the university can be arranged,
in addition to visits to museums,
galleries, and studios.
There will be further opportunities to take part in art fairs
and biennales, such as Zoo
Art Fair, www.zooartfair.com/
Sharjah Biennale, www.sharjahbiennial.org/
, has indicated requests for
curatorial projects within their art /
educational frameworks and platforms.
Students will be encouraged to pro-actively
seek new relationships utilising their networks of research,
which the university will support,
to enable working within both established international events
and new, emergent structures.
A field trip to a major art event is to be organised during
the academic year.
The course will aim to build on dialogues established internationally
since 2003 through /seconds
journal of research, already
working with members of the Faculties of Central St.
Martins; École Nationale Supérieure
Paris, Isola Art Center,
Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como.
Commercial galleries and other non-commercial
art project spaces in London will host and support collaborative
and launch / publication events
Curatorial and artist networks have been operating through
the journal online to enable new projects,
since 2006. Please visit www.slashseconds.org/
Attendance may be in either full-time
or part-time mode.
The majority of Home/EU students
study the programme full-time.
The full-time programme runs
over a calendar year from October to August.
The part-time mode extends
over two years from October 2008.
An honours degree in the particular or a related discipline,
or an equivalent professional qualification.
Demonstration of an awareness of and engagement with professional
aspects of Curating Contemporary Art which may be supported
by both direct and indirect evidence.
Direct evidence could be an applicant's
own work in any appropriate form.
Indirect evidence would be a report on the applicant by another
suitably qualified person.
All applicants seeking admission on the basis of prior non-certificated
learning will be interviewed.
The applicant will demonstrate the claim for prior non-certificated
learning in terms of knowledge and competencies which have
been acquired from prior experiences.
These will be matched against the knowledge and competencies
required by the modules from which exemption are claimed.
The claim may be supported by both direct and indirect evidence.
Direct evidence is presented by an applicant's
own work such as an essay,
a portfolio, artefacts,
reports prepared in the workplace,
an audio or videotape. Indirect
evidence is presented as a report on the applicant by another
suitably qualified person.
How to apply
Applicants should demonstrate their achievement of admissions
criteria by the submission of:
- A Leeds School of Contemporary Art and Graphic Design
- A current CV
- A "Statement of Intent"
- The ability to speak about the "Statement
of Intent" and evidence
of recent work at an interview.
Where applicants have a proven disability appropriate
alternative arrangements will be made.
Application forms and advice on funding are available from
Gill Kirk, the Course Administrator
Fees: Full Time UK /
EU applicants: £3300
[P/T payable over two years]
International applicants: £8700
- with loans at low interest rate and grants to assist
For information on scholarships please contact your nearest
British Council office or British Embassy.
The British Council Information Centre in the UK can be contacted
957 7755 Fax 44 (0)
161 957 7188
e-mail & website:
In the Statement of Intent applicants need to provide a written
account of their interest and reason for application.
This is where applicants provide information on their intentions
for study; why they want to
do it, what they want to do
and how they want to do it.
This is to enable the course to make a judgement on the candidate's
suitability. Assistance with
the statement is provided.
The completed "Statement of
Intent" whose length is left
to the applicant's discretion
should be forwarded along with the application form and C.V.
by June 15th 2008 to:
Gill Kirk - Administrative Officer
The Leeds School of Contemporary Art &
Leeds Metropolitan University
Room 708 H Building
Note: In 2006,
the Leeds Metropolitan University won the award for its outstanding
contribution to the local community at the annual higher education
awards. It also came second
in the main category, 'University
of the Year'. In this category,
the University was highly commended for its low-charging,
high impact strategy providing for its 50,000
students and 5,000 staff.
Peter Lewis, Programme Leader
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