Resources, Seminars

Seminar: Curators and Collections (Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art)

3 May 2012, 10.30 - 16.30 Seminar The Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT

£10 Non-Members — booking essential
Travel Bursary

Keynote speaker Stephen Deuchar, Director, Art Fund

Contributors: Annie Fletcher Curator of Exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum and Frances Morris, Head of Collections (International Art) at Tate Modern.

Public collections and the institutions that care for them need visionary, well-informed curators with brave ideas; curators who can generate inspirational contemporary art programming whilst also drawing relationships with the layers of history that collections offer. Without the skills and knowledge these institutions do not serve their audiences as well as they should. This seminar will focus on questions such as; where is the next generation of curators who will form partnerships and work with collections? How will the all-important research that supports excellent exhibition making be sustained? With the evolution within curatorial practice how will we engage and inspire audiences through our public collections of modern and contemporary art?


2nd May

We are providing two different evening options for those people planning to travel to Glasgow on Wednesday.

Option One: The Fence Collective Presents: The Pictish Trail & Kid Canaveral, 8pm, CCA, 350 Saramago Street, G2 3LD. Fence Records’ label boss The Pictish Trail returns to CCA with a full beard/band in tow – performing new songs from the forthcoming album Secret Soundz Vol 2, and some ol’ faves too. Support comes from fellow Fencers Kid Canaveral…And some special guests to be announced. You can buy tickets £8 advance or £10 on the door – see

Option Two: Dinner in the Saramago Café Bar at CCA. The brand spanking new Saramago Café Bar serves fresh, tasty food every day, baking its own bread and cakes every morning.  Saramago stocks a range of quality beers, ciders, wines and juices at reasonable prices within a relaxed atmosphere, and offers a great outdoor terrace in the heart of the city centre. Informal table booked for 7.30

3rd May
Seminar: Curators and Collections

We will be providing a free coach to take people from the centre of Glasgow to The Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, G43 1AT. Meet in the foyer of Trongate 103, Glasgow, G1 5HD

10.30 – 11.00
Meet at the reception of The Burrell Collection for registration
Tea, coffee and pastries’ provided

11.00 – 11.05
Lucy Byatt
, Head of National Programmes, Contemporary Art Society

11.05 – 11.10
Katrina Brown
, Director of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, The Common Guild

11.10 – 11.40
Stephen Deuchar
, Director of the Art Fund

11.40 – 12.10
Frances Morris
, Head of Collections, Tate Modern

12.10 – 12.40
Annie Fletcher
, Curator of Exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum

12.40 – 13.00
Question from the audience

13.00 – 14.15

14.15 – 14.25
Lucy Byatt, why ask contemporary curators to consider a historical collection?

14.25 – 14.35
Muriel King introduction to the Burrell Collection and the context for the curators proposals

14.35 – 16.15
Curators Proposals for the Burrell Collection from:

Jenny Brownrigg, Exhibitions Director at The Glasgow School of Art

Panel (Catriona Duffy and LucyMcEachan)
Catriona Duffy and Lucy McEachan are independent design curators. Through our company Panel, we work on a project-by-project basis to create a dynamic programme of exhibitions, events and publications that engage public audiences in contemporary design practice. Our portfolio and current ambitions demonstrate a commitment to developing new curatorial strategies for commissioning and investing in creative practitioners by providing a supportive context for the production and presentation of new work. Our projects to date include The Inventors of Tradition (2011) a major project encompassing an exhibition, film screening and publication with the artist Lucy McKenzie and fashion designer Beca Lipscombe, O! and other letters (2011) an exhibition and talk with typographic artist Edwin Pickstone and Scotland Can Make It! (2012-2014) a project to commission six artists to create souvenirs inspired by London 2012 and the Commomwealth Games, Glasgow in 2014.

Linsey Young, Assistant Curator, Inverleith House

Benjamin Fallon, freelance curator based in Edinburgh

Mothertongue,Tiffany Boyle & Jessica Carden
Mother Tongue
is a research-led curatorial project between Tiffany Boyle and Jessica Carden. Formed as a collaborative response to individual periods of research in northern Scandinavia and West Africa, the project was initiated out of a period of reciprocal exchange surrounding parallel concerns including (but not limited to) linguistic purity, hybridity, indigenousness, cultural amnesia, and post-colonialism. It is both significant to the project and representative of our practice that our output should span multiple platforms and disciplines such as exhibitions, events and texts, and in dialogue with artists, curators, writers, researchers and theorists. The project is currently based in Stockholm, in line with our participation on the CuratorLab programme 2011/12 at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.

Fiona Jardine, artist

Coaches back into Glasgow

We are providing two different evening options for those people planning to stay over and join us for the Tour of Glasgow International on Friday.

Option One: Hanne Darboven: OP. 17A, 7pm, City Halls, Candleriggs, G1 1NQ. Robert Black gives the Scottish premiere of Op.17a by the visual artist and composer Hanne Darboven. A key figure in German art, Darboven made her name in New York through contact with such artists as Car Andre and Sol LeWitt. From the late 1960’s, she sought to visualise time in her art through using number codes, texts, photographs, and diagrams, A natural extension of this work was the creation of a small number of huge compositions of which Op.17a for solo bass is one. Beguiling visually, the scores are immensely challenging to realize, requiring great stamina and concentration. For the audience, perceptions of time fluctuate in this ultra minimal world – the cosonic equivalent of a black on black canvas. New York bassist Robert Black gives the Scottish premiere. You can buy tickets here for £6

Option Two: Dinner in the Merchant City.
Café Gandolfi

64 Albion Street
G1 1NY
0141 552 6813

Gandolfi Fish
84-86 Albion Street
G1 1NY
0141 552 9475

The Italian Kitchen
64 Ingram Street
G1 1EX
0141 572 1472

12 King’s Court
G1 5RB
0141 553 2400 ‎

Speaker Biographies:

Dr Stephen Deuchar joined the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for works of art, in January 2010 having previously served as the founding Director of Tate Britain since 1998.

In his first year at the Art Fund, Stephen oversaw the successful £3.3million campaign to save the Staffordshire Hoard – the largest Hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found, and the £2.7million campaign with the National Trust to save Brueghel’s Procession to Calvary for the NT’s Nostell Priory in Yorkshire. Major commissions such as Peter Randall-Page’s Walking the Dog celebrating Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Bicentenary and Antony Gormley’s 6 Times for the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art were also unveiled. Under his directorship, the Art Fund has contributed to several major acquisitions including the joint collection of recent Middle Eastern Photography for the V&A and British Museum and the archive of writer Mervyn Peake for the British Library.

He continues to lead and develop the Art Fund’s programme, which currently includes sponsorship of the Art Fund Prize, the UK tour of ARTIST ROOMS, Art Fund Collect, and the regional collecting initiative Art Fund International.

Stephen Deuchar was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2010.

Annie Fletcher is currently Curator of Exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and tutor at De Appel, Amsterdam. Recent projects include solo exhibitions or presentations with Jo Baer, Jutta Koether, Cerith Wynn Evans, Deimantas Narkevicius, Minerva Cuevas and the long term project, “Be(com)ing Dutch” with Charles Esche (2006–2009). She was co-founder and co-director of the rolling curatorial platform “If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution” with Frederique Bergholtz (2005–2010), and Co-Curator of Cork Caucus with Charles Esche and Art / not art (2005). As a writer she has contributed to various magazines including “Afterall” and “Metropolis M” She is currently working on monographic exhibitions of David Maljkovic (2012) and Sheela Gowda (2013) for the Van Abbemuseum and has been appointed as the curator for the next Eva International “After the Future”  which will open in May 18th,  2012.

Frances Morris is Head of Collections (International Art) at Tate. Formerly Head of Displays at Tate Modern, she curated the first major re-hang of the collection in 2006 as well as overseeing the opening display in 2000. Frances curated Tate Modern’s current retrospective of Yayoi Kusama which will tour to the Whitney in New York in July. Past exhibitions and catalogues include the major retrospective of Louise Bourgeois which opened at Tate Modern in October 2007, ‘David Smith’, 2006, ‘Henri Rousseau: Jungle in Paris’, 2005 (co-curated with Professor Christopher Green), ‘Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-72’, 2001, ‘Rites of Passage’, 1995 (co-curated with Stuart Morgan) and ‘Paris Post War: Art and Existentialism’, 1993. She is currently working on a retrospective exhibition of Agnes Martin.

In 1997 she was appointed Art Programme Curator for Tate Modern and contributed to the two year programme of pre-opening projects in and around Bankside as well as developing the opening installation of the permanent collection at Tate Modern. Specialising in post-war European and contemporary international art, she has also curated projects with many contemporary artists from Britain and abroad, including Miroslaw Balka, Chris Burden, Genevieve Cadieux, Sophie Calle, Mark Dion, Luciano Fabro and Paul McCarthy.

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60 Renfrew Street, (corner of Hope Street)
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The Brunswick (shabby chic)
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G1 1TF
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Radisson Blu Hotel
301 Argyle Street
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Blythswood Square
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1 Hill Street
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£25 / room

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