The Role of the Curator: A Critical Assessment of the Venice Biennale
This lesson took the form of a lecture for the Norwich School A Level students. The lecture explored my dissertation topic 'The Role of the Curator: A Critical Assessment of All the World's Futures'.
The students are preparing for their A Level Art History exam, in which one of the questions will focus on Venice. I adapted my dissertation topic to compare the different curatorial approaches of Okwui Enwezor and Christine Macel, alongside the historical context of the Venice Biennale and how the role of the curator has developed in the 20th and 21st century.
The Still Still-Lifes Detective - The Minories Galleries
'Still Still-Lifes' by John Doubleday is the current exhibition at The Minories Galleries, Colchester. As an element of my Curatorial Assistant voluntary work I created 'The Still Still-Lifes Detective'. Encouraging children to engage with the exhibition in a playful manner, the worksheet tasks participants to search for reoccurring objects throughout the exhibition.
Pavilion of the Senses - The Smelly Market
Pavilion of the Senses provided an education activity for families to partake in. The activity consisted of a task that involved the participants exploring the market in search for smells. They then recorded these smells through drawing them on the pictured worksheet.
The concept of the activity was to encourage the participants to consider how their senses inform their experience of the world and art by asking them to draw something they do not typically see.
Hans-Peter Feldmann Appropriation
For East Gallery NUA’s exhibition of Hans-Peter Feldmann’s work, Art Exhibition, I created an education workshop that revolved around Feldmann’s use of appropriation. In art history terms, appropriation refers to the practice of artists using pre-existing objects or images in their art with little transformation of the original.
I began the session by teaching an art history lesson exploring the varying techniques Feldmann employs within his work. Focusing mainly on the piece Untitled (David).
For the practical session, we asked the foundation and A-level students to consider how they could create artworks using Feldmann’s techniques of appropriation, focusing on reduction, collage and reordering. The students were provided with large print outs of famous art history paintings and photographs, along with smaller prints, oil pastels and magazine. They were asked to use the materials provided to create an original piece and to consider how their alterations change the original subject matter, meaning and audience of the artworks that were chosen as the base.
The student’s responses were excellent, using inventive techniques to alter the images as pictured here.
Photographs taken by Denisa Ilie.
Jerwood Painting Fellowship
East Gallery NUA exhibited the Jerwood Painting Fellowship 7th February - 1st April 2017.
As a part of this exhibition myself and Tori Helman ran education workshops for college students. This session focused on the artist Dale Lewis who creates large scale paintings that revolve around narratives of twisted everyday life.
Alongside an art history lesson that discussed the influences and themes of Dale's work, the session tasked the students to explore the idea of narrative in the artists works. Newsprint was rolled across the gallery floor and the students used pencils and oil pastels to create narratives for the paintings.