We did not have the chance to present work from our National Gallery project at the gallery as planned. Our course-leader, Tania Kovats, suggested that the part-time year 1 students should curate an exhibition of the work alongside the degree show for which the graduating full-time and part-time year 2 students were preparing. This was too good an opportunity to miss.
I took on the overall planning of what was needed when; Janine did the design work for the poster and other printed materials and the look of the show; and we shared the curation and invigilation, drawing in particular on other people’s experience of curating other shows. As this is something new to me, I am learning a lot from the other members of the team.
So here are some shots of the four of us – me, Janine Hall, Nic Clarke and Ruth Richmond – installing the work, and of the finished show. At the Private View, we got a lot of very positive feedback on the presentation of the show, the individual works and the way we had worked together. Feedback from other staff was particularly gratifying: they don’t have to be nice! It was striking that two of them asked if we had had a lot of arguments when curating: we didn’t have any which I think is a result of everyone understanding how to work well as a team, making contributions but being willing to compromise.