Curators' Days 2019

Arts Council Collection: Curators' Days 2019

Art and Mental Health
Bethlem Gallery & Museum of the Mind, Beckenham
Tuesday 12 March, 2019

We all have 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. 

This event aims to give delegates the tools and confidence to address issues around mental health in their programming, whether this be through events, commissions or exhibitions.

Registration of interest is now closed, we will be in touch in due course once places have been allocated.

Venice Biennale
Venice (Various Locations)
Thursday 9 May, 2019

The biggest event in the contemporary art calendar, participating British artists at the Venice Biennale this year are: Cathy Wilkes (UK), Charlotte Prodger (Scotland) and Sean Edwards (Wales). All three artists have work in the Arts Council Collection.

This event will include a tour of these three exhibitions and the chance to meet artists and curators. There will also be visits to other exhibitions. This is a special year for the Southbank Centre as the Hayward’s Director Ralph Rugoff is the curator of the 58th Biennale. Additionally, there will be an invitation to lunch at the Wales in Venice opening, which will provide an opportunity to network and discuss some of the numerous shows around the city.

Registration of interest is now closed, we will be in touch in due course once places have been allocated.

Arts Council Collection: Curators' Days 2019
Arts Council Collection: Curators' Days 2019

Yorkshire Sculpture International
Leeds and Wakefield (Various Locations)

Thursday 18 - Friday 19 July, 2019

Yorkshire Sculpture International, the UK’s largest sculpture festival, will take place across Leeds and Wakefield this summer. Produced by the Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the event will feature work by international artists across each of the four venues, as well as major new outdoor sculpture commissions across public spaces in Leeds and Wakefield. Reflecting on the curatorial theme put forward by the British artist Phyllida Barlow that ‘sculpture is the most anthropological of the art forms’, the festival will respond to the idea that there is a basic human impulse to connect with and to make objects, exploring what it means to create sculpture today. For further information on the festival and the selected artists, visit yorkshire-sculpture.org.

This curators’ day will provide an opportunity for delegates to gain a comprehensive view of the festival, with special insights provided at a range of venues through talks and tours led by associated curators and artists. The event will also coincide with a special talk by artist Kimsooja at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the evening of 18 July. Kimsooja will provide a first-hand account of her significant international practice, including specific reference to her major installation, To Breathe, on display in the Chapel at YSP. Delegates are advised to book their tickets in advance here to avoid disappointment.

A free networking lunch will be provided on each day, and delegates are invited to join us for supper on the evening of 18 July.

Registration of interest is now closed, we will be in touch in due course once places have been allocated.

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The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With nearly 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyondThis website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.