MRes Art: Exhibition Studies at Central Saint Martins

The MRes Art: Exhibition Studies course at Central Saint Martins requires students to analyse a range of methods of displaying art and engage in debates about their cultural context.


School: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL)
Course: MRes Art: Exhibition Studies
Location: London, United Kingdom
Course dates: starts September 2023, with a duration of two years (extended full-time)
Application deadline: 5 April 2023

MRes Art: Exhibition Studies draws on the pioneering Exhibition Histories publication series produced by Afterall.

You will be encouraged to think of the exhibition as an entry point to the study of contemporary art. You will consider not just the selection of art, the handling of time and space or platform and modes of address, but also wider social implications of the "being in public" of artworks.

MRes Art: Exhibition Studies takes exhibitions to mean not just conventional gallery or museum shows but considers all kinds of artistic presentations, presence and engagement, manifestos, publications, festivals and other formats.

You will research, document and critically analyse these forms, allowing you to work on new narratives that go beyond the art-historical and account for the intricacies of these moments of exchange.

Engaging with recent debates about modern and contemporary art in the context of public presentations of art, the course asks two core questions: can we tell a different story of modern and contemporary art through its exhibitions? And, what do the histories of exhibitions tell us about the wider cultural field in which artworks are produced and made public?

The aim is to develop your ability to interpret, analyse and critique a range of methods in exhibition-making. You will develop visual analysis skills through the examination of works of art as presented in exhibitions of varying form.

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