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MA Curation overview

MA Curation at NUA is distinguished by an emphasis on individual practice-based projects and practical hands-on experience.

Having staged the prestigious EASTinternational between 1991 and 2009, the university has developed a strong reputation for high quality curatorial practice, and in 2016 NUA will host the British Art Show 8.

The course aims to question and expand on the curation of contemporary art, opening the potential for new dialogues and relationships with an audience to emerge. At its core, MA Curation students will consider the artistic, social and critical conditions for contemporary art and will be encouraged to consider new and exciting approaches to public engagement.

MA Curation is designed for students who wish to engage with innovative approaches in the expanding field of curatorial practice. The course recognises and embraces the diversity of contemporary creative practice in the arts, and is aimed at artist-curators, curators and cultural commentators who want to achieve professional excellence through practice-led research.

Norwich University of the Arts provides an appropriate professional context in which to study curatorial practice, with strong links with the Arts Council Collection, Hayward Touring, Tate, Norwich Castle Museum and Gallery, as well as regional galleries. The East GalleryNUA is an important touring venue for national and international exhibitions, providing students with valuable experience in installation and curation.

Student work

Drawn to Architecture was curated by students Laura Dennis and Anthony Williams in the Hostry, a public space in Norwich Cathedral. The show displayed work by architect David Thompson, a partner at LSI Architects.

Watch a film about our Postgraduate student experience and the MA Degree Show 2015

Visiting Lecturers

  • Marjolijn Dijkman
  • Rehana Zaman
  • Cécile B Evans
  • Adam Burton
  • Alec Cumming
  • Steve Baker
    Artist and writer
  • John Wallbank
  • Milika Muritu
    Artists and Co-director of Cell project space
  • Rosa Tyhurst
    Artist and Assistant Director Limencello Gallery
  • Ruth Claxton
  • Susan Sluglett and Anthony Faroux
    Artists and Jerwood Painting Fellows 2013
Krzysztof Fijalkowski

Teaching Staff

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Postgraduate Applications

Applications to all postgraduate courses should be made directly to the Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form. Find more about entry requirements for postgraduate courses.

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“NUA has its own public-facing gallery, which is an excellent resource for curation students.”

Laura Dennis
Curation graduate

Postgraduate student seminar

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Laura Dennis

MA Curation Graduate curates work of renown painter Richard Smith

MA Curation graduate and now Curator at Broadway Studio & Gallery in Letchworth, Laura Dennis, has curated the work of renown painter Richard Smith. Smith who was raised in Letchworth hasn’t exhibited work in Letchworth since the 1970s. Laura explained in a recent interview with Wallpaper Magazine she ‘wanted to have an opening show that would be relevant to the local audience but also hopefully attract wider interest, Richard seemed the perfect artist to approach – he’s from town, he has an international career and I also thought his work was so colourful and joyful – a really nice way to get things started.’ Laura worked with Flowers Gallery in New York, where Smith has lived for more than half a century to gather a series of 30 paintings from across Smith’s career. The exhibition entitled Richard Smith: Reunion is on until Sunday 5 June and click here for information on the show. Read Laura’s interview with Wallpaper Magazine here.


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