Before I find out how to become a curator, I’d rather step back and explain who exactly a curator is and what they do!
Don’t sulk, I’ll calmly tell you how to become one, but first, let’s take a moment of clarity that never hurts!
I assure you that I will be synthetic! I’m not going to go round and round! Knowing the basics, my dear, is always a good starting point!
Keep in mind that the professional figure of the curator is responsible for the design and planning :
This would seem to be child’s play, so called! “What does it take?” you might say among yourselves…
Well, to tell the story of beauty by making it accessible to the general public is not at all simple!
The art curator is the one who, attentive to details, attracted by aesthetics and criticism, connects the work and the public; is the person who prepares the key to reading the works exhibited!
It is precisely for this reason that this person plays a role of great responsibility and carries out a series of tasks.
In particular, the art curator :
manages the staff who work at different times during the event
decides on the works of the exhibition
checks and prepares the budget for the event
oversee the preparation and arrangement of the content of the work
organises internal exhibition spaces.
It is always:
identifying the location
creating brochures and catalogues
planning advertising campaigns to promote the event
completing the bureaucratic and administrative process of setting up and running the exhibition
managing relations with sponsors and sponsoring organisations.
Admit it: you didn’t know this person had so many responsibilities!
Follow me because I know what you need and now I will show you how to become an exhibition curator!
What knowledge does an exhibition curator need to have?
The art curator, as you have noticed, has many responsibilities, the first one is: to make the exhibition event a success!
Whoever organises the event has to make sure that their idea reaches the public through the artists’ ideas.
The main responsibility of the exhibition curator is to succeed in telling, disseminating and sharing the art! And he can do this by working in museums, galleries, cultural institutions and foundations or as a freelancer.
Travelling, studying (raised to the third level), deepening, visiting, getting to know and planning are the basic activities of the curator’s work!
In order to be able to undertake this career and the huge responsibilities associated with it, certain requirements are necessary such as:
Be prepared to progress
A strong passion for art
Decision-making, organisational and communication skills
Basic knowledge of marketing
Fluency in at least one foreign language
Have patience: now I’m getting to the point, I promise!