Figuring Out... Making an Exhibition



Tuesday 21 & 28 June, 6-8pm

With many galleries, artist-led spaces and institutions programming several years in advance, DIY exhibitions can be a significant opportunity to get your work seen. Led by independent curator and mentor, Mark Devereux, this online short course will look at the central aspects of creating a successful solo or group exhibition.

Starting with the idea and the artwork, we will look at the core milestones of creating your exhibition including: devising the concept, securing a venue, creating a communications strategy, curating the exhibition, facilitating events and evaluating its success. You will be encouraged to consider your own practice or curatorial interests via practical exercises, punctuated by case studies and information shared from Mark’s 15-year career.

Designed for emerging / early-career visual artists and curators, this online short course will be delivered over two separate evenings in June to give you the tools and knowledge to start planning your next exhibition. In addition to the workshop we are pleased to offer participating artists a 10% discount on booking a one-to-one mentoring and advice session with Mark Devereux to support your exhibition planning. Please note: there are limited numbers of places available for these sessions and will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis.


GENERAL ticket: Short course : £60
PAY IT FORWARD ticket: Workshop : £78
LOW INCOME ticket: Workshop : £42
GENERAL ticket: Workshop + 1-hour one-to-one mentoring session : £120

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Everything you need to know about curating and organizing an exhibition or a pavilion at the (Venice) Biennale.


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What is necessary to know about permissions, promotion, funding and more…to make a successful event.

27.09 – 18.10.2021

Deadline: 15 September 2021

The Venice Biennale is a large-scale international contemporary art exhibition. In early May, thousands of art-world denizens descend in the city for the opening of a new edition of the Biennale, the closely watched pageant of contemporary art that has been running—with a few interruptions—since 1895. The Biennale is arguably the most prestigious exhibition in the world, filled with history and also cloaked in myth.

The preview days brings 25,000 artists, collectors, curators, museum directors and journalists into the city, followed by 600,000 visitors in the six months after. For this reason it is extremely important to know how everything works.

Session 1.

What is the Venice Biennale and why everybody wants to be present. Identification of the keys points that all participants need to know before facing such import event.

Session 2.

First step the location. How to find the ideal location. Even though the city is small, for the Venice Biennale you need to be in a good quarter. How to find the right location. Prices. The place makes the difference.

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Step 2. What do you need to know about your location. The exhibition space is in the Arsenale? Inside of the Biennale? Then is very important to know which are the rules to respect, the permissions you need and the best suppliers you can get.

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Organizing your event in a place located in the city: the things changes and there are other permissions you need to provide, rules to respect, and of course the suppliers.

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How to promote an event during the Biennale: this is the most intensive period and a part for the main exhibition organized by the Biennale, you have at least 300 more competitors. In the city during the Venice Biennale there almost 500 of shows, events and projects. Timing and strategies is a key point in order to have a successful event.

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Collateral events can be a good strategy to keep and attract the attention on your initiative. When is a collateral program useful for the promotion of your show and how should it work: dinners, parties, conference, workshop and presentation.

Session 7.

Your event needs more money! How do you identify possible sponsors. Which is the best strategy to approach a potential client for your initiative.

Session 8.

What can you do for your supporters. The Venice Biennale is an exclusive way to say thank you.

Session 9.

Venice is a tough city! No cars, therefore transports are only on boats. All about logistic: transports and suppliers. Taxi and restaurants. Hotels and flats. When you should start booking and arranging all these fundamental matters.

Session 10.

What you should not do at the Venice Biennale. Some key scenarios which should absolutely avoided.

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The fee is 2900 euro.

Our Online Delivery Method Online Study Lectures effectively run over the week – Monday, Thursday and Friday from 6pm to 8pm CET – maintaining our usual tours’ focused, intensive and immersive experience.

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Suoja/ Shelter Festival-Laboratory seeks a Curator for its third online edition to be held in June 2020. Individuals of any age, gender, nationality and country of residence are cordially invited to send their proposal in English. 

The conceptual frame of the 3rd edition of Suoja/ Shelter Festival-Laboratory is H_st_rical Narratives: the main focus is laid on the aspects of personal and political affects in the domain of historical systems and speculations. We invite to ponder over how unreflected past can influence uncertain presence; how individual and common affects are used as tokens in political processes; how we can act as political bodies overcoming traumatic experiences and converting them into artistic endeavours, respecting artistic labour and embracing the idea of self-organisation. Driven by the spirit of the previous festival editions, we are reconceptualizing the idea of "safe" and "individual" which still can find ways to remain common and collaborative. Moving online, we are creating a space for performative experiments, discussions, immersive interactions; welcoming the diversity of artistic practices which can reidentify themselves for a digital space; offering to make it is a tryout with a prospect to continue working with the same topic, but on a bigger scale, during the future offline event. We believe that every safe space can be only a temporary measure to surmount crisis and to gain strength to meet reality. Being concerned by the trend of the devaluation of artistic labour by cutting wages for on-line work, we try our best to sustain a fair allowance for every participant.

A Curator will work in close collaboration with festival curators and organisers to develop and produce the core programme of Suoja/ Shelter 2020.

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3-days online festival on the 12-14th of June 2020.

The festival is run via the Zoom (hosts 300 participants at once).

Opportunities to develop related public programming, encompassing directories of: sound and performance art, video and moving image, computer art, artistic research and education. The program should be composed both, via direct invitations and via an open call. 

400 euro* unrestricted honorarium.

3000 euro* budget for the invited artists and artists via an open call.

Press materials and PR support.


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At Swimming Pool, Sofia
13 – 27 November 2019

Until 26 September

Swimming Pool invites you to participate in a two-weeks intense curatorial program to take place from 13 to 27 November 2019 in Sofia. The second edition of our curatorial school focuses on Collaborative Practices, a field of research, action and vision informed by recent changes in society towards new forms of political, economical, technological, ecological and cultural co-existence.

We invite anyone interested in curating and instituting – artists, curators, writers, university students, cultural workers, and professionals –, to take part in a program built on discussions, workshops and talks. Main purpose of the school is to enable learning from immediate experience; therefore, alongside our meetings, we will enter into a process of collaborative writing to examine the dynamics of our encounter. Also, we encourage everyone to participate with an own vision on the topics outlined in the open call that can be framed as fiction or exhibition draft, performative action or a theoretical inquiry; within the school we will have the chance to discuss and exchange so that we grow our tools and imaginary towards meaningful collaborations. 

Talks, workshops and collective encounters with 
Barby Asante, London / Luchezar Boyadjiev & ICA, Sofia / Grégory Castéra & Council, Paris / Dessislava Dimova, Sofia & Brussels / Lubomir Draganov, Sofia / Barbora Kleinhamplová & Institute for Anxiety, Prague / Dragos Olea & Apparatus 22, Bucharest / Lorenzo Sandoval & The Institute for Endotic Research, Berlin / Peter Sit & Apart Collective, Bratislava

Concept and program leader
Viktoria Draganova

120 euro 

With the support of Programa Kultura Sofia


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