his exhibition has been jointly curated by students on the MA Curating the Art Museum course at The Courtauld Institute of Art. The programme, now in its second year, is led by Martin Caiger-Smith and is aimed at art curators of the future. The exhibition project is the culmination of the practical side of this twelve-month course. The eleven students, from the UK, Europe and the United States, were asked to mount a public exhibition in the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House, taking responsibility for everything from the initial selection of works to designing, lighting and managing the gallery space. After exploring the collections of The Courtauld Gallery and Arts Council Collection, the students arrived at the idea of an exhibition on the theme of storytelling, which is realised here as Once Upon a Time… Artists & Storytelling.
Once Upon a Time… Artists & Storytelling has been curated by:
Monserrat Pis Marcos
Installing the exhibition
Below are selected images of the students from the MA Curating the Art Museum course installing their exhibition Once Upon a Time… Artists & Storytelling in the Embankment Galleries at Somerset House.
Hanging the Exhibition
The curating students and their course tutor, Martin Caiger-Smith, discuss the optimum height at which to hang the series of prints by Paula Rego.
Two curating students paint the mirror plates on the frames to match the vivid blue of the walls.
The Wall Panels Arrive
First glimpse of one of the wall panels as they arrive back from the printers.
Surveying the Exhibition
Seen from above, the curating students, along with Courtauld Gallery curator Dr Barnaby Wright, survey the series of lithographs by Oskar Kokoschka.
The Exhibition Poster
Publicity material produced for Once Upon a Time… Artists & Storytelling is displayed near The Courtauld Gallery.
The Entrance to the Exhibition
The reception desk and entrance to the exhibition.
View of Section One – Childhood Stories
Close up of Arthur Boyd Houghton’s Home Thoughts and Home Scenes, displayed in the centre of Section 1 – Childhood Stories.