Curators' Days: Past Events

Venice Beinnale 2019

Our 2019 Venice Curators’ Day brought together UK-based arts professionals for a day of talks and tours of selected exhibitions at the 58th Venice Biennale, offering participant to the opportunity to meet and hear from the curatorial teams and artists behind each exhibition.

As part of the event we invited attendees to share their thoughts on the day and some of the exhibitions visited for a series of short films, produced with support from Art Fund.

In the first film Helen Pheby, Head of Curatorial Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park discusses Eva Rothschild’s exhibition, The Shrinking Universe, for the Irish Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale.

Eva Rothschild RA is an Irish artist based in London, for this year’s Ireland at Venice exhibition, Rothschild has produced a wholly sculptural exhibition located in the Arsenale.

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Art & Mental Health

According to NHS Digital (formerly the NHS Information Centre for health and social care), approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Through our collections and programmes, museums and galleries are in a unique position to share stories that our audience can relate to increasing a sense of wellbeing and belonging.

Our Art and Mental Health event was hosted by Bethlem Museum of the Mind and Bethlem Gallery and aimed to give delegates the tools and confidence to address issues around mental health in their programming.

Read our blog by Curatorial Trainee, Priya Jay, to find out more about the day and some of the discussions and discoveries made. 


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Arts Council Collection: Curators' Days: Past Events

Women Power Protest

Arts Council Collection: Curators' Days: Past Events

Marking a century since the first women won the right to vote, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s National Partners Exhibition, 'Women Power Protest', brought together modern and contemporary artworks from the Arts Council Collection and Birmingham’s own collection to celebrate female artists who have explored protest, social commentary and identity in their work.

Programmed alongside the exhbition, was a special Curators' Day event exploring issues around gender and identity in collections and museums.

Read our blog by independent curator, Sara Roberts, written in response to the exhbition and the day's programme.

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