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This four-part course explores the current state of curating following a period of remarkable growth in recent years, and its probable developments post-2020, a year of unprecedented change for the art world.

Curating has a pivotal position in the art world. It is embedded in the identity and expertise of the museum but is increasingly influential in the commercial sector as well. It influences audiences and collectors, shapes art history and the art market, and has also migrated into the fields of fashion and technology.

How much has this transformed the work and role of the curator, or does their influence still rely on quite traditional forms of expertise? What are the pathways into the profession, and has this historically exclusive field become any more diverse in recent years? How might COVID-19 change and challenge established practices, today, and in the future of curating?

This course is suitable for those who are new to curating as well as those who have some knowledge of the field and wish to understand and respond to change and development.

This Intensive Course consists of live-streamed lectures and discussions. Recordings of the live sessions are accessible anytime during the course via our online learning platform, Canvas.

Students will learn:

  • How the term “curator” has changed over time and some of the varied manifestations of curating today.
  • To understand developments in the more recent histories of curating, such as the artist as curator and the rise of online exhibition making.
  • To evaluate how COVID-19 has affected curating and is likely to influence curating and exhibitions in the future.
The Details
  • Course Dates & Fees

    Course Dates & Fees

    October 26, 27, November 2, and 3
    Mondays and Tuesdays | 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. GMT
    (12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT)
    Course Fee: £525.00
    All online Intensive Courses are developed in London by Sotheby's Institute faculty, programming staff, and industry experts.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Topics covered in this course may include:

    • Curatorial Roles: Past, Present, and Future

    • Curating in the Museum

    • Independent Curating

    • The Artist as Curator

    • The Exhibition as Artwork

    • The impact of COVID-19 on Curating

    • Pathways into Curating: Now and in the Future

    • Curating in Online Formats and Spaces

    • Curating and the “Local” and “Global”

  • How It Works

    How It Works

    Our online Intensive Courses are designed to enrich and deepen your understanding of a specific art world subject in an accelerated and dynamic format. The courses are ideal for undergraduates, career changers, art professionals, and art lovers seeking to learn more about art and cultural history or to acquire specific knowledge/skills.
    Led by art professionals drawn from our global faculty, these courses provide participants with expert insight and practical skills through a combination of livestreamed lectures and group discussion. Course materials can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via Sotheby’s Institute’s learning platform – Canvas. Canvas is an intuitive, self-contained environment that requires no additional software.
  • Faculty


    Lilian Cameron  (Semester Program Course Leader, Art Museums, Galleries and Curating) holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia and has worked in galleries and museums throughout London and the UK, including Tate Modern and Britain and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia. Her research speciality is in gallery and museum memory environments and she has a particular interest in the ways modern and contemporary artists intervene in and converse with historic or traditional gallery spaces. She also has extensive experience in museum and gallery education and a research interest in socially engaged and participatory art practice. Her BA (Hons) is in literature, history of art and museum studies. She has taught at the University of Melbourne and the University of East Anglia.
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    This course is listed under the Intensive Course option in the online application. Online Intensive Courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Registration takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
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