Hiii, i read you're an art curator, i'm trying to pick a career and that sounds really intresting. If you have the time could you tell me a little bit about it??? Thanksss<3 btw i loove your blog
hey there - and thank you! of course i can.
um, working as a curator or any position within a public museum or galleries is usually a labour of love. it’s an incredibly rewarding and varied sector and profession, but also unfortunately incredibly poorly paid. (that’s often what happens when you love something :-)
if you wish to be an art curator specifically; it’s very much becoming a competitive area of specialty so i’d recommend you push through to post-graduate at least (tbh a BA won’t really cut it these days unless you have loads of experience) and also volunteer as much as you can. get some exhibition and collections work under your belt, as well as guiding and/or being a docent… i work with interns and volunteers all the time and they’re the ones i usually either employ or see going on to paid work elsewhere.
depending on the size of the museum or gallery you work in, the curator usually develops, manages and interprets both the collection and loan works, and critically works toward audience engagement and getting people visiting your museum/institution. it’s all about visitor numbers, developing good public programs, working with the education and commercial development teams, sponsorship and getting grants these days so it’s very rare a curator can be like those guys in the movies who wander around in the storerooms in tweed jackets poring over their cosseted collections…
also a good knowledge of the power of digital forums and social media and how to use those tools to engage with new audiences is critical as well.
hope that helps; DM me if you like.