Laura Smith

Curator at Tate St. Ives
>prepared a plan of what could be done if she got a job

  • MA to find out more about history of art
  • Second MA in Curating (London — 10 places)
    > have to be nominated for the course
  • First exhibition — 12 artists. Exhibition lasted for a month giving 3 performances by the artists a week
  • Networking and meeting people was the most important part
  • Increased the knowledge about funding and fund raising
  • Internships
    > opens you to networking
    > letters of support
  • Go to as many things and meet as many people as possible
    > don’t cold call — don’t send your work
    > talk to people in person, but don’t push your work on them
    > studio visits
  • Curators are constantly looking for work
    > reviews in magazines
    > create own little exhibitions by renting spce
  • Laura brought more women to Tate when she started working
    > before she started out of 22 solo shows only one was a woman
    > all female feminist show — To the Lighthouse — Virginia Wolf
  • As a curator you also need to know the ‘boring stuff’ like shipping and transport, and what kind of materials should be used for the artwork to be transported
  • Exhibition set up — within TATE- little prints of the work are placed on the floorplan of the gallery to see what works best and is easy to be adjusted
  • In the solo shows you work more closely with the artists about what works should be used and how to present them
  • Curators need to think about the audience 
    > St. Ives has the largest number of families and children under 10 visiting
  • As a photographer you need to find curators that firstly are interested in photography work
    > find out what type of photography they like
    > watch videos of their talks
    > see if you can meet them in person (maybe during some gallery opening night)
    > go to their talks and introduce yourself — BE FRIENDLY
  • ‘Piggyback’ on things that are happening around you
    > have something to show
  • Make yourself memorable
    > interesting cards
    > multiple pieces of work on the back that allows others to choose
     - makes it somewhat more personal if they choose the card they like
  • Make your own show (solo or with a group)
    > no-one will give you space in a gallery if they don’t know anything about you
    > advertise your own show
    > try to be heard
    > get a small space
    > get some sponsorship
    > have a card
  • Arts council application — community engagement
    > try to get funding
    > letters of support
  • Elephant’s Trust
  • -> residencies
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