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The Curator’s Workshop: Shadow Curator

The Curator’s Workshop is a monthly discussion group, run by Glasgow-based curator Francesca Zappia, open to curators, artists, writers, researchers, students and other arts professionals as well as amateurs interested in a critical reflection around curatorial practices (exhibitions, displays, discursive and performative forms, public engagement…) and related theory. The Curator’s Workshop aims to be a platform open to different perspectives of research and will invite a new professional each month to share material and reflections in order to foster new discussions.

In the third install we will examine the position of the Shadow Curator as it relates to roles of dialogue, geographical isolation and critical support in curatorial practice. The Shadow Curator concept evolved through Nuno Sacramento’s PhD in curatorial practice at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, titled ‘Shadow Curating: A Critical Portfolio’ (2006). He currently works as the Director of Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen.

A selected chapter from ‘ARTocracy: Art, Informal Space, and Social Consequence’ by Nuno Sacramento and Claudia Zeiske will act as a platform to examine the possibilities and limitations within this position.

Supported by freelance curators, Naoko Mabon and Rachel Grant. They are currently in the position of Shadow Curators at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen for the Peacock Associates Curatorial Fellowship, an educational platform for artist/curators and curators working in the North East region of Scotland.

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