In the Pursuit of the Curatorial is a three-day online course especially tailored for Christie’s Education. The course aims to equip participants with an understanding of curatorial practices whilst providing a toolkit for curating exhibitions and gallery displays. The course is designed as a cumulative sequence of classes, and builds on the information and insights, bringing forward a series of case studies, exhibitions and art projects curated by the course leader.
Each session focuses on a certain aspect of curating, and the overall programme acts as a toolkit for participants who want to take on curating as a profession. The programme is accompanied by a reading list composed of selected articles, which will be shared prior to the start.
Fatoş Üstek is an independent curator and writer, working internationally. Ustek is co-founder of FRANK Fair Artist Pay with artists Anne Hardy and Lindsay Seers. Currently, she is commissioning art in the public realm in Nine Elms, London; curating 40th Akbank Gunumuz Sanatcilari in Istanbul; writing a book on 21st century art institutions. She acts as editorial advisor and contributing editor at Extra Extra Magazine, Chair of New Contemporaries, UK, board member of Urbane Kunste Ruhr, Germany; advisory panel for Jan van Eyck Academie, Netherlands. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics AICA UK, ICI, IKT and founding member of the Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA). She writes internationally for art publications, exhibition catalogues; lectures at Graduate and Postgraduate Programmes. Ustek sits on selection and nomination committees for various national and international prizes including Jindrich Chalupecky Award 2022 – 2024, Scotland in Venice 2022, Dutch Pavilion 2022, Arts Foundation Futures Award 2021, Turner Prize Bursaries 2020, Celeste Art Prize 2017, and acted as an external member of the acquisitions committee for the Arts Council Collection (2018-2020). She regularly nominates for the Fourth Plinth, the Jarman Award, alongside the Arts Foundation Futures Award and international awards and residencies.
She ran Liverpool Biennial and The Roberts Institute of Art in the UK. Ustek curated Do Ho Suh’s largest UK public commission (2018-2020), miart Talks 2018; Art Night, East London, 2017 and fig-2 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks, ICA, 2015. She acted as Associate Curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale, 2014. Ustek is the editor of Unexpected Encounters Situations of Contemporary Art and Architecture (Turkish Only, 2012) published by Zorlu Centre, Istanbul; is author of Book of Confusions, 2012, published by Rossi & Rossi, London. She co-founded and edited online Contemporary Art Magazine Nowiswere with Veronika Hauer (2008-12).
She is listed in the celebratory Apollo 40 under 40 Thinkers section in 2018; included in Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 London’s most influential people in 2018 and 2017; Artlyst Power 100 list 2021, 2019, 2018, and 2017; Artsy The Top 20 Most Influential Young Curators in Europe and nominated for ICI Gerrit Lansing Independent Curatorial Vision Award in 2016.
In 2008 Ustek received her M.A. at the Contemporary Art Theory Department at Goldsmiths College London, after completing her BA in Mathematics at Bogazici University, Istanbul. Additionally, where she also acquired a degree from Film Studies.
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21 February 2023 - Into the Curatorial:
- lIntroduction to Curating
- lWhat is an Exhibition?
- lReading the Context
- lDeepening the Research
- lIdentifying Artists & Artworks
Case Study: Carte Blanche, 2022, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul
Case Study: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 2019 Tornabuoni Art, Mayfair, London
22 February 2023 - Transforming the Vision into Practice
- lAssigning a thematic outline
- lReading the site
- lStepping outside the white cube
- lBuilding Audiences
Case Study: Art in Motion, 2020, Liverpool
Case Study: Art Night, 2017, London
23 February 2023 - Meaningful Collaboration
- lIdentifying the checklist
- lAligning with values
- lMaking Contracts
- lUnderstanding Shipment
- lBuilding a Legacy
Case Study: 11th Liverpool Biennial, 2021(postponed from 2020), Liverpool
Case Study: fig-futures, 2018-19, Cambridge, Blackpool, Leicester, and Plymouth
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About Livestream Courses
All virtual courses are delivered over Zoom with high quality sound & video. There will be an interactive Q & A with the academic as well as time for a group discussion through the lecture.
Recordings will be available to watch with unlimited playback for 14 days. Registrants will receive the viewing link following the class.
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