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Les fictions qui changent le monde, Désorceler la finance, Komplot, Brussels, 20 December 2019, moderated by Patricia Couvet and Camille Lamy; curated by Patricia Couvet as part of Solstice Festival, Komplot. Photo: ©Bart Vanoppen.

Harbinger II: Subtle Collisions, Botanical Garden, Ghent University, 6–17 July 2019, curated by Atena Abrahimia, Johannes de Bruycker, Chris Dupuis, Lotte Egtberts, Monica Ruiz Loyola, Elisa Maupas, Laila Melchior, Lucie Ménard, Anna Stoppa, Mobina Tab

Harbinger II: Subtle Collisions, Botanical Garden, Ghent University, 6–17 July 2019, curated by Atena Abrahimia, Johannes de Bruycker, Chris Dupuis, Lotte Egtberts, Monica Ruiz Loyola, Elisa Maupas, Laila Melchior, Lucie Ménard, Anna Stoppa, Mobina Tabar, Nasrin Tork, Gabriela Torres, Michiel Van Damme, Astrid Vereycken and Lenny Vervaeke. Photo: ©Ingel Vaikla.

Transborder Networks, part of Somewhere in Between, BOZAR, Brussels, 20 June–19 August 2018. Room curated by Griet Bonne & Alice Lefebvre & Bert Puype, Maaike Descendre & Eva Dobbels, Liliana do Nascimento, Maxime Gourdon, Marta Masiero, Benedict Vandae

Transborder Networks, part of Somewhere in Between, BOZAR, Brussels, 20 June–19 August 2018. Room curated by Griet Bonne & Alice Lefebvre & Bert Puype, Maaike Descendre & Eva Dobbels, Liliana do Nascimento, Maxime Gourdon, Marta Masiero, Benedict Vandaele and Anna Zhironkina. Photo: © Yannick Sas.

ILVSX!?, De Tank, Bruges, 20–22 April 2018. Curated by Benedict Vandaele. Photo: © Curatorial Studies

ILVSX!?, De Tank, Bruges, 20–22 April 2018. Curated by Benedict Vandaele. Photo: © Curatorial Studies

Transborder Networks, part of Somewhere in Between, BOZAR, Brussels, 20 June–19 August 2018. Room curated by Christine Denamur & Nathalie Papillon and Hélène Jacques & Romuald Demidenko. Photo: © Yannick Sas.

Transborder Networks, part of Somewhere in Between, BOZAR, Brussels, 20 June–19 August 2018. Room curated by Christine Denamur & Nathalie Papillon and Hélène Jacques & Romuald Demidenko. Photo: © Yannick Sas.

CURATORIAL STUDIES

Who is this for?

Curatorial Studies at KASK is an intensive one-year English-language postgraduate course aimed at applicants with an MA or equivalent experience in the arts, humanities or sciences and a keen interest in contemporary art. Established in 1999, Curatorial Studies is the only postgraduate curatorial programme in Belgium, benefitting from a unique partnership between KASK, Ghent University, the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (S.M.A.K.) and Kunsthal Gent. On this course students become familiar with contemporary curatorial practices across a variety of contexts, such as museums, foundations, artist-run spaces and commissioning agencies. Curatorial Studies at KASK stands out among comparable European and North American programmes for the breadth of skills it covers, from conservation and exhibition history/theory to collection management and public mediation. Through this programme, students are equipped to excel in the curatorial field, in its practical as well as theoretical applications.

What will you be studying?

Curatorial Studies at KASK considers curation – from the Latin ‘cura’, to care for – to be a vital link between cultural production and the wider social sphere. In this expanded definition, the curatorial touches the entire spectrum of cultural production, including historical and artistic research, documentation and archival projects, and the organisation of public events. At KASK, Curatorial Studies students are confronted with the diverse possibilities of the curatorial, from the collection, conservation and study of modern and contemporary art to developing new ways of making art public through on- and off-line displays, publications, pedagogical, social and performative interventions. KASK’s Curatorial Studies programme not only encourages students to develop their personal curatorial practice through the making of exhibitions, publications and events, it also lays emphasis on collaborative forms of cultural agency with a final collective project acting as a culmination point.

Through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops and independent research, students become conversant with the most up-to-date debates within the contemporary curatorial field, particularly as these intersect with social, political and ethical issues. Drawing on Ghent’s exceptional cultural history and resources, as well as its proximity to major European cities, the programme comprises numerous behind-the-scenes visits to key art institutions in Belgium and internationally.

The students’ experience is further enhanced by regular talks by prominent speakers. All KASK Curatorial Studies staff members are researchactive and recognised in their areas of specialisation, as conservation specialists, mediators, curators, and scholars. This expertise allows for an immersive experience, where students are immediately put into contact with real-world situations and professional challenges.

And then…

Equipped with the extensive knowledge and contacts acquired during the programme, students (re) enter the professional field in a position of strength. The programme’s alumnae/i find employment in the artistic sector upon graduation, in museums, galleries, non-profit art spaces, governmental agencies, biennials, artist studios, magazines and, not least, academia. Moreover, given the long history of the programme, Curatorial Studies graduates benefit from a large network of alumni/ae who remain active in the cultural field.

The programme is taught in English.

Contact

curatorialstudies@hogent.be

 

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