Introduction to Curation

“Introduction to Curation” is a three-day course (with a fourth optional day) that will introduce participants to practice standards in professional curation.

The outcome of the course will be a thorough understanding about structures and institutions in the art world, and acquiring the skills to write an exhibition proposal and organize a show.

The first day will provide an overview of the history of curating and 21st-century curatorial developments, through examples of seminal exhibitions and current trends in curatorial practice.    

The next two days will provide participants with the practical information needed to develop their skills, including working with artists, funding and promoting their projects, researching, developing proposals, and other professional aspects of curating.

 The next session will focus on building practical skills by encouraging participants to devise exhibition themes. The optional fourth day gives the participants a chance to review the proposals they created, with the tutor.

This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable and practical insights into curating contemporary art in both gallery and museum contexts as well as in alternative spaces.

Who should attend?

People with an interest in curating exhibitions of contemporary art, and those keen to learn how to submit proposals to venues, apply for internships, follow a career in the arts, or apply for a university degree in Curating or Museum Studies.

Class Outline


  • A short history of curating
  • Researching ideas and working with artists
  • Translating ideas into proposals
  • Curatorial roles and working methods within and beyond a gallery context
  • Context and mediation - decolonising curatorial practice
  • Developing an exhibition or project proposal and thinking about partnerships, funding, timing and budgets.
  • Pitching your project: how to present ideas

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Sun, 5 Dec, 2021
Wed, 8 Dec, 2021
Sun - Wed
5:30pm - 8:30pm
QAR 1000


Amal Khalaf

Amal Khalaf is a curator and artist, and currently Director of Programmes at Cubitt and Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries where she has worked on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009.  Here and in other contexts she has commissioned and developed residencies, exhibitions, workshops and collaborative research projects at the intersection of arts and social justice.  Through Implicated Theatre (2011-2019) she has developed an arts and migrant justice program using Theatre of the Oppressed methodologies to create interventions, curricula and performances with ESOL teachers, hotel workers, domestic workers and other migrant justice organizers. 

She is a founding member of artist collective GCC, Consortium Commissions Curator for Mophradat,  a trustee for not/ and on the artistic committee for Arts Catalyst.  In 2019 she curated Bahrain’s pavilion for Venice and in 2016 she co-directed the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai.