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Posted 20.01.15

Fine Art students help curate exhibition as part of Tate’s ARTIST ROOMS

By Sarah Packer

BA (Hons) Fine Art students at the museum

Second year BA (Hons) Fine Art students have been working on a curatorial proposal relating to the 'ARTIST ROOMS' exhibition of Gerhard Richter's work, that will be hosted at Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery in September.

ARTIST ROOMS is an inspirational collection of international contemporary art acquired for the nation by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay. The collection includes the work of Don McCullin, Lawrence Weiner and Louise Bourgeois to name a few.

The students were asked to present a detailed exhibition proposal to a panel from the museum.

“It is a great opportunity for the students, giving them first hand experience of working as a curator as well as getting feedback from the museum staff,” says Ella McCartney, lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fine Art programme.

We spoke to BA (Hons) Fine Art student, Elena Brake, about the process and the experience so far.

“We were split into two groups and tasked with planning the exhibition of work by prestigious artist, Gerhard Richter, right down to selecting and positioning the work from those available and planning events to draw a target audience to the exhibition.

“Along with a 1000 word written proposal, we presented our ideas visually to a panel from the museum.  Throughout the project, each group had to arrange meetings and sessions to co-write the proposal, an experience we all found valuable.

"I really enjoyed the project.  It was a real challenge to think about things that I would never have thought of about how an exhibition is planned.  I think we all learnt a lot during this experience."

Image © of Gerhard Richter

Recognised as one of Germany’s most significant living artists, Gerhard Richter identifies himself as a painter. This exhibition will examine the breadth and depth of his practice and techniques, and will focus on the three broad areas of activity in his work: figurative, constructive and abstract.

The students have been involved in a range of areas including the development of the exhibition through their proposals and the positioning of the work.

They will continue to work with the museum up until the show, which will be on display later this year at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery from the 26 September 2015 – 16 January 2016.

"I am hugely proud of what my group and I achieved during the short amount of time we had, and of what we planned, prepared and proposed to the ‘Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery’. I am really looking forward to working further with them - this is such a good opportunity," says Jess Wright, second year BA (Hons) Fine Art student.

Photographs by Adam Milford