The Role of the Curator

The Role of the Curator: This module considers the changing role of the curator and the ‘politics’ of curating. It addresses developments in critical theory and their impact on curatorial practices and includes topics such as representing communities, ethnicities, ethics, gender issues, ‘interventions’, gallery learning, the ‘post-museum’ and curating in the public realm.  – MA Curatoral Practice, Bath Spa University

How do I feel about the role of the curator? Is it how you create a space for people to view art? A facilitator of artist and space? A political idea made tangible by the use of visual art?

I am reading these two books. Does reading something like this overwrite your impressions of a topic? Or does it simply inform/ underpin?


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Knight, C. (2013). It’s #AskACurator day on Twitter. First question: is a curator a clergyman, concierge, warden, other? discuss. [Twitter]. Available from: (Accessed 17 June 2017).


Bath Spa University. (2017). Studying current theory and history, build your personal curatorial skills and thinking. [ONLINE] Available at: (Accessed 17 June 2017).

Balzer, D. (2015). Curationism: how curating took over the art world and everything else. London: Pluto Press.

Perry, G. (2014). Playing to the gallery: helping contemporary art in its struggle to be understood. London: Particular Books.


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