Be Smart About Art

The Role of Artist-Curators: A Talk with Beth Hughes + Susan J Mumford

Talk with Q + A for art world professionals

Date: March 21, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - March 21, 2018, 9 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: Cass Art Islington | 66-67 Colebrook Row | London N1 8AB

Tube: Nearest underground station is Angel. Nearest step free underground station is Highbury and Islington.

Buses: Aplenty! Nearest bus stop Packington Station, Islington Green.

ACCESS: This venue is wheelchair accessible with step-free access from side entrance on street. The event will take place on the 1st floor and a lift is available. Be aware there is little turning room in the lift. Please call ahead if you use a motorised wheelchair or think this might cause difficulty. Accessible toilets are on ground floor. Please see Tube and Buses information for transport access.

Speakers: Susan Mumford

Price: £5 - 15


Today, artist-curated shows, artist led spaces and even art fairs are flourishing. It now seems almost unusual if a major venue doesn’t have an artist-curated show in their programme. This begs the following questions:

What is the role of the Artist-Curator?

What do art professionals have to learn from these shifting exhibition models, not to mention their increasing success?

We talk toBeth Hughes, Collection Curator at the Arts Council Collection, about her experiences working as a curator in collaboration with Artist-Curators. Beth will offer unique insight into the freedom of being less restricted, by operating outside an organisation, looking in. She has seen first-hand the resulting learning curves for artists and organisations alike, accompanied by adjustments made by both sides in response to the other. Beth notes that the external, creative influence of the Artist-Curator is by and large one of joy and freedom!

In the talk, we’ll cover the following questions and more:

> Why might an artist choose to curate an exhibition?

> What are the benefits and challenges for a new Artist-Curator?

> How can the Artist-Curator help artists gain exposure, credibility, build community and push creative practices forwards?

> How are artists working with public and commercial galleries to curate shows? (And how might this help raise awareness of your own art as well as increase credibility?)

> What about the practicalities? What are some key points that an artist and organization need to know or agree beforehand?

> How do freedom, creative practice and decision-making work for Artist-Curators?



A Q&A session with the audience will follow the facilitated conversation.


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BETH HUGHES is Collection Curator at the Arts Council Collection based at Southbank Centre. Since joining the Arts Council Collection, she has curated the touring exhibition, Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences, and has advised on a number of exhibitions across the country as part of the exhibition loan programme. Prior to this, Beth was Curator at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, where she curated Barbara Hepworth: Within the LandscapePatrick Caulfield and Face Value: Portraiture from the Arts Council Collection among other shows.  Beth is currently working with Yinka Shonibare MBE to curate the forthcoming Arts Council Collection exhibition, Criminal Ornamentation.



A game-changer in the 21st Century art world, Susan's an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator and author. Her first foray into supporting industry professionals was in the form of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), which she established in 2010 while running a gallery in Soho, London. This was followed by the launch of Be Smart About Art, an online-accessible professional development platform that helps creative professionals thrive in a changing world. In late 2015, her first book was published in the name of BSAA's motto: `'Art is your life. Make it your living." While based in London, Susan spends notable periods around the UK and also in the USA and Continental Europe, delivering workshops and keynotes, mentoring creative professionals, facilitating panel discussions, judging art prizes and more.


Follow Susan on Instagram at @susanjmumford


**The first 15 tickets to this talk are half-price!**


6.30 - 7.00pm: Arrivals, registration and networking*

7.00 - 8.30pm: Talk with Q&A

8.30 - 9.00pm: Open networking

9.00pm: Departures 

*Attendees to this BSAA - CASS ART talk receive a special 10% discount on in-store shopping at CASS ART Islington on the day, prior to the event starting. Put together your art supplies shopping list and arrive early to take advantage of this talk bonus. 


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