The department has been working with Goldsmiths, specifically their curating department to develop a new project around inclusivity and diversity. We have worked with students as socially engaged curators on the BA in Curating at Goldsmiths.
There are students who want to work as curators in galleries and those who want to make films, art works or events in and for particular communities. What they share is a keen interest in social and political urgencies and in making projects to address them. The lengths they have gone to to understand what a curator in this widened sense might be, or what a socially engaged art practice might look like, when they’ve often not had access to arts programmes, are really extra-ordinary. But, when we speak to them they feel hesitant or not entitled to study curating, which they imagine to be for ‘other’ kinds of people.
In conversations we noted that schools shy away from teaching socially engaged practice or develop their students’ understanding of curating and what that can mean. We felt that in looking at diversity in the curriculum it was important to recognise that many young people that we teach are not necessarily from ‘art connected’ backgrounds, we are interested in thinking about how arts education addresses social issues and consider how students from a wide variety of backgrounds are encouraged and supported on their creative journey
Students in Year nine have been working on the pilot of the curating project and here are some of the works and research that our students have been making.
As part of the pilot unit, students had a virtual workshop from BA Curating students in conjunction with the CCA Goldsmiths Gallery. Their new exhibition of works by MOHAMED BOUROUISSA linked with the socially engaged art that students were looking at, some of the work was made as part of the exhibition workshop.