Young Curators Take 2!

Liz Gibson was one of our Creative Stars who worked tirelessly to curate, market and organise the Lost is Found exhibition which took place at Cornerhouse in January 2012. Liz is back with a small team of young curators to take on a whole new exhibition. Here’s how the first stages went.

Hello! Liz here; I was part of the Creative Stars project which ran from March 2011 to May 2012. It was an amazing experience which I am so grateful to have had the chance to be involved in.

Probably, my favourite part of the Creative Stars programme was curating our own exhibition, Lost is Found. I was on both the curation team and the documenting team, and I really enjoyed the whole experience.

The opening night was truly fantastic; we got to meet all of the artists whose work we had chosen for our show, and over 500 people came to see the exhibition on the opening night alone! It was so rewarding seeing all our hard work culminate in something wonderful.

With this in mind, imagine my delight when I was offered the chance to be on the team to curate another new exhibition at Cornerhouse. This is the Young Curators project, and the Young Curators in question are me, Neetu and Alex. We were all on the curation team for Lost is Found and so are used to working together in choosing artwork for an exhibition.

However, this exhibition will be slightly different to Lost is Found in that, whilst for Lost is Found we showcased existing artwork, for our new exhibition we will be commissioning artists to create brand new work. It will be really exciting to see what ideas for work are submitted. Hopefully we will have a wide variety of different media, themes and styles of art to choose from, as we have left the brief for artists quite open.

We will probably decide on a theme once we’ve seen the submitted ideas for work; like we did with Lost is Found we will look for connections but also differences between the pieces of artwork, and hopefully we can put them together in such a way that we can create an unique, exciting, accessible yet challenging exhibition.

This week we have spent a lot of time at Cornerhouse writing the brief, making sure it was just right. We also met with the Cornerhouse Communications team to discuss different ways to promote our exhibition, such as through flyers, posters and online. It was really fascinating seeing how the Comms team work, and it will be wonderful working with them every step of the way in creating and promoting our exhibition.

I am so excited and am so looking forward to September when we will be able to look through the ideas for artwork pitched and can start to put together ideas and themes for our very own exhibition. This is going to be an amazing, unforgettable experience. Thank you, Cornerhouse, for this wonderful opportunity.

Oh and if you’re an artist and you fancy submitting a commission outline to us. Have a look at the details for submission here.

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By Young Curator, Liz Gibson (Aug ’12)