The afternoon began with an introduction from Sophia Hao, Curator of Exhibitions and Visual Research Centre who gave an overview of Exhibitions at DJCAD's programme and gallery spaces. You can see more information about previous exhibitions and events on our webpage: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/exhibitions/exhibitions/
Sophia Hao highlighted two key exhibitions, which can be seen to exemplify Cooper Gallery's curatorial model, namely A CUT A SCRATCH A SCORE, a process-led events based project led by Bruce McLean, Sam Belinfante and David Barnett who collaborated together with singers, dancers, drummers, choirs and the city at large, most of which took place during a week in 2011. This project also had a writers in residency strand entitled An Action of Words.
Another exhibition Sophia discussed was Edgar Schmitz' Surplus Cameo Decor, 2012 and the satellite project Hubs and Fictions: A Touring Forum on Current Art and Imported Remoteness, which brought together contributors from the fields of artistic, curatorial and cinematic practice for a forum that toured across three UK venues.
Andrew Dodds, Technical Manager of Exhibitions and VRC spoke briefly about two workshops he will run workshops early in 2014 about exhibition project planning and artwork handling and care. Later in the year other events and workshops will be arranged, including special talks from visiting curators and a workshop to encourage interdisciplinary approaches and sharing/exchanging of ideas across the team.
Later in the meeting we discussed previous Student Curatorial Team projects and looked at marketing materials and exhibition information that has been designed by previous team members. Through this we started to discuss the logistical or practical aspects of exhibition making. We also began to hear from the SCT about the types of projects they would be interested in developing. This was a great opportunity to hear the types of creative approaches to exhibition making that the team might develop together this year, we're looking forward to hearing how these ideas develop.
Lada Wilson, current MFA student and member of the SCT is currently curating interAction(s) draw-ing words which is situated in the Matthew Cabinet. Lada is encouraging collaborative consideration of the types of language often used to describe art exhibitions, the work in the cabinet changes on a daily basis as the artists continue to respond to one another.
Image: Lada Wilson, draw-ing words, 2013