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MA Curation overview

MA Curation at NUA is distinguished by an emphasis on individual practice-based projects with a focus on hands-on curatorial experience and related training.

MA Curation at NUA is distinguished by an emphasis on individual practice-based projects with a focus on hands-on curatorial experience and related training.

In the idea of ‘exhibition’ it envisages a diverse and expanding range of public outcomes across the field of contemporary art, from gallery-based exhibitions to projects in non-traditional venues; from site-specific interventions to public art projects; and to the possibilities offered by platforms such as archives, self-publishing, print, digital media and the internet.

MA Curation at NUA acknowledges the emergence of the artist-curator alongside more traditional routes to curatorial practice. The course will help you to develop self-initiated curatorial projects, through study that is research informed rather than research led. You will be encouraged to research and develop innovative curatorial practice in the public domain, and the development of new audiences.

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. 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 British Art Show 8.

East GalleryNUA is an important touring venue for national and international exhibitions, and will provide you with the opportunity to develop your professional practice through a training programme delivered by the gallery. In addition, you will have further opportunity to engage with industry professionals through a professional mentoring scheme.

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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.

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

Read about the achievements of the practitioners who teach on this course.

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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

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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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