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.
Iziko South African National Gallery, in collaboration with the CCA’s Collegian Talk series, wishes to reflect on whether artworks are separate from the artists, the ethical dilemmas with acquiring artworks for public institutions, and how these reflections can contribute to the strategic objectives of the country’s transformation agendas. This will take the form of a public debate and will consider some of the ethical concerns around collecting for public institutions.