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RCA - The Royal College of Art

  • RCA
  • Department of Curating Contemporary Art
  • United Kingdom
Leader of Research Field

The Royal College of Art is the only wholly postgraduate university of art and design in the world. Through teaching and research activities, as well as fruitful collaborations with industry and commerce, the institution is focused on the advancement of learning, knowledge and professional competence particularly in the fields of fine arts, in the enhancement of principles and practice of art and design, in the development of their relation to industrial, commercial and social processes.
Co-funded by Arts Council England and the Royal College of Art, the Curating Contemporary Art programme established the first postgraduate programme in Britain to specialise in curatorial practice related to contemporary art, and to develop an explicitly international perspective on its role in today’s museums and galleries. The MA course provides a professional preparation for curators and arts administrators, focused on the practical experience of planning, selecting and presenting contemporary art exhibitions. Supported by critical studies in contemporary curatorial practice, history of aesthetics and recent theory and history of art after modernism, the course approaches the field critically, theoretically and through best-practice in commissioning, exhibition-making and art writing in museums, galleries and the public realm. The Department is also the promoter of the annual CCA show in the RCA galleries, widely acknowledged as an important marker of current developments in contemporary, enhancing experimental approaches to working with artists and introducing new international artists to UK audiences.



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  • Victoria Walsh

    RF04 Leader She is Head of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme at the Royal College of Art. Her work is focused on interdisciplinary, practice-based research and teaching.

  • Kit Hammonds

    He is a freelance curator and writer and Second Year Tutor on the Royal College of Art’s Curating Contemporary Art MA. From 2003-2008 he was an Associate Curator/Curator at the South London Gallery.

  • Pamela Sepúlveda

    RF04 Research Coordinator She is MeLa Research Coordinator at RCA. She has held various positions at contemporary art institutions in Barcelona, and now she is Archivist at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.

  • Paul Goodwin

    He is an independent curator, urbanist and lecturer based in London. From 2008 until 2012 Paul was Curator of Cross Cultural Programmes and then Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Britain. Goodwin’s curatorial and research work currently evolves around African diaspora art in the UK and US since the 1980s; art and sculpture in public spaces; and postcolonialism and globalisation in curatorial and museological practices.

  • Octavia Reeve

    . She is Senior Publishing Manager at the Royal College of Art, with editorial and production responsibility for College’s core printed publications, marketing materials, website, signage and brand identity.

  • Clare Carolin

    . She is a writer, curator and Senior Tutor of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme, Royal College of Art. In 2009 she was Senior Curator at Modern Art Oxford. From 1999-2006 she was Exhibitions Curator at the Hayward Gallery.

  • Jamie Gilham

    . He is Senior Research Manager at the Royal College of Art, where he oversees major research projects. He is a member of the RCA Research Committee, REF Working Group and International Strategy Group.

  • Claire Pajaczkowska

    She is Senior Research Tutor for the School of Material at the Royal College of Art. She works in independent filmmaking and develops research into the informal and liminal spaces of new knowledge.