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How to Become a Museum or Gallery Curator Short Course

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Are you seeking a career in exhibiting and curating management? Do you have a passion for visual arts? This one day How to Become a Museum or Gallery Curator course will introduce you to creative skills and practical approaches to working within a museum or gallery.

Why choose this course?

This one-day short course provides an excellent introduction to the world of curating and exhibiting in art galleries and museums. In this Saturday workshop, you will gain a solid overview of the skills and planning required to effectively manage museums and commercial art spaces.

The Masterclass is an excellent starting point for those wishing to get to grips with the basics of curating and exhibiting, giving you a taste of what you will learn in our more in-depth 10 week short course programme Curation and Exhibition Management.

Course overview

During this one-day exhibition management training session, you will acquire the skills needed to prepare an exhibition proposal, plan a budget, work with museum collections and artists; and develop an understanding of your audiences.  The course will enable you to understand the curating and exhibiting industry so you are equipped with the knowledge needed to begin a career in exhibition management or engage in a curatorial Master programme.

  • “ The tutor has vast experience in the art world - from large institutions to commercial galleries - which she generously passes on with candour and clarity. ”

    Bushra Sarker


  • “ Excellent overview of the subject - Renee [the tutor] had the right experience and contacts to teach the course well. The tutor was interested in student projects and brought in good external lecturers. Thank you. ”

    Oliver Rowe


What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Organised around a short introduction of the topics below, you will be asked to work in groups to prepare and complete an exhibition proposal and budget for an exhibition in a museum and art gallery; prepare a one-year exhibition programme for a museum and art gallery in London, along with audience engagement and development plan.

  • Introduction.
  • Preparing a curatorial exhibition proposal for a museum & art gallery.
  • Budgets.
  • Programming - working with collections and artists.
  • Engaging and capturing existing and new audiences.
  • Evaluation.

With Q & A sessions throughout the day



Prerequisite knowledge

No prior knowledge in visual art required.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

There will not be any formal teaching or assessment but you will go away with an understanding of the curating and exhibiting industry.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Your tutor can advise further reading.

Tutor information

  • Renée Pfister

    Renée Pfister has built an esteemed and longstanding career as a consultant, curator, registrar and business development manager in the art world.

    She was part of the curatorial team at the British Museum where she was involved in realising major projects such as the Great Court and the Weston Gallery of Roman-Britain.

    At the Tate Gallery she worked as a Registrar from 1999 to 2005 and was responsible for managing acquisitions and ground-breaking international exhibitions from the Tate’s collection.

    She also participated in a Registrars’ exchange programme at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York, wrote a chapter for the Routledge publication ‘Understanding International Art Markets & Management’ and worked for the late Sir Anthony Caro as an advisor.

    Since 2010 she has run her own art and gallery consultancy. She offers support to gallery owners new in the business and career mentoring services to emerging and mid-career artists.

    In addition, she teaches at City, University of London, Lancaster University, South London Arts Forum and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Next steps

This Curation and Exhibition Management Short Evening Course teaches you the fundamentals of managing and curating an exhibition.…