Curatorial development in Scotland

Paul O’Neill

The Curatorial Constellation: Co-productive Exhibition-making and Attentiveness

30.01.2013 - CCA, Glasgow

This event takes the form of a lecture followed by a roundtable discussion with reference to Paul O’Neill’s latest book “The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s)” published by MIT press in 2012, followed by refreshments and an opportunity for informal discussions.

The form of the group exhibition has become the primary site for curatorial experimentation and, as such, represents a relatively new discursive space around artistic practice. Paul O’Neill describes one of his on-going curatorial enquiries as “how cumulative and expanding exhibition-forms can constitute an investigation into how the curatorial role is made manifest, through cohesive and co-operative exhibition-making structures applied through close involvement with artists during all stages of the exhibition production”. He will discuss how co-productive exhibition processes by multiple agencies and actors are necessary to an understanding of the curatorial as a constellation of activities that can be represented in the final exhibition-form.  As preparation for the event please read O’Neill’s essay The Curatorial Turn: From Practice to Discourse

Attendance is free, however, advance booking is essential as places are limited. Framework events are organised for a small number of participants, with priority given to those working in the field of curating.

This event is kindly supported CCA Glasgow and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

Paul O’Neill is a curator, artist and writer based in Bristol.  He was formerly Research Fellow with Situations at the University of the West of England, Bristol and is currently an associated visiting lecturer on the de Appel Curatorial Programme and the MFA Curating, Goldsmiths, London.  His recent publications include: The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s) (2012); Curating and the Educational Turn (Paul O’Neill & Mick Wilson, 2010); Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art (2011); Curating Subjects (Paul O’Neill, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Carlos Basualdo and Lars Bang Larsen, 2007). More at