The programme offers courses in the theory and practice of curatorship, developing in students a sophisticated awareness of the practicalities, politics and poetics of working with collections of many kinds. Students are encouraged to bring the disciplinary insights of their undergraduate major (whether this be in the visual arts, the humanities or the sciences) to the curating of both material and virtual collections, and are offered opportunities to work on exhibitions in public spaces and in the digital realm. A major aim of this programme is to introduce students, through seminars, fieldwork and workshops, to the central skills of a curator: to understand objects and how to research them, to work with collections, convening them in exhibitions, and to collaborate with artists, mediating their production. In 2020 we will continue our special focus on object studies, and the multiple ways in which such a focus can help transform museum practice.
Coloured, a documentary produced by the Centre for Curating the Archive, will be part of South Africa History Online's film festival programme later this month. The documentary focusses on two pageants, Miss May Western Cape and Spring Queen, and follows the journey of those seeking recognition and struggling to find a place in a post-apartheid society.
As part of the CCA Collegian Talk series Tauriq Jenkins will be speaking on: The role of heritage protection through the arts and ‘unclenching the heart’ —classical theatre arts rehabilitation in incarcerated spaces. Tuesday the 20th of August @1pm, Anaotomy Lecture Theatre, Michaelis School of Fine Art.