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PMP: Living Out Ideas – A Scratch Night : Curatorial Studio

Sat 17th September 2016 Annex

Living Out Ideas – A Scratch Night
Curatorial Studio


Curatorial Studio is a peer-learning environment for fifteen early-career curators from across Scotland, conceived through conversations between Scottish Contemporary Art Network, the curator-led Framework programme, CCA Glasgow and the MLitt Curatorial Practice, Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow. Since January, we’ve come together every 4-6 weeks for two days around a programme of talks, events and workshops in order to understand our mutual concern and investment towards the term ‘curatorial’, and the discourse we can develop around the circumstances for the curatorial in Scotland – characterised by a lack of opportunities, critical forums and support structures. Curatorial Studio are: Frances Davis, Gordon Douglas, Cicely Farrer, Rachel Grant, Marcus Jack, Grace Johnston, Maria Lanko, Gemma Lawrence, Kirsteen Macdonald, Emmie McLuskey, Katherine Murphy, Rosie O’Grady, Frances Stacey, Shireen Taylor, Nick Thomas and Claire Walsh.

– abridged from text by Cicely Farrer.


Gordon invited members of Curatorial Studio to The Newbridge Project to develop their publication ‘Living Out Ideas’ outside the familiar context of Scotland. Borrowing the performance terminology ‘the scratch night’, the group embodied and presented content, correspondences, references and concerns from previous discussions as well as new work devised for the event. After the event, there was an opportunity to speak to them about the construction of the group and its relationship to peer-led organisation. Moving forward we would hope to encourage similar conversations around curatorial practice to continue in the region.

Living Out Ideas – Scratch Night with the Curatorial Studio is programmed by Gordon Douglas as part of Practice Makes Practice – A Social Residency.