About the Project

This 2012 exhibition was been co-curated by the following 13 MA students: Noura Al-Maashouq / Grace Ambrose / Shira Barak / Sandra Boks / Sarah Capes / Elizabeth Carney / Sascha Feldman / Davida Fernandez-Barkan / Jenny Foot / Mardee Goff / Stefanie Lenk / George Mogg / Meredith More

Hailing from Great Britain, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Germany, and the Netherlands, the students have cut their teeth at museums and galleries all over the world and have come to the Courtauld Institute to hone their curatorial skills.

In December 2011, the team was given an assignment: to devise an exhibition using works from The Courtauld Gallery and The Arts Council Collection that would open at the end of June 2012.

Several months, dozens of meetings with art world professionals, and an unspecified amount of chocolate later, Portrait of the Artist As… stands as a unique merging of two significant collections that explores artistic identity and process over four centuries.

About the course

The MA course Curating the Art Museum, led by Martin Caiger-Smith, is aimed at art curators of the future.

Its purpose is to extend and develop graduates’ art historical interests, expertise and scholarship into the area of curatorship and active engagement with collections and exhibitions in the museum and gallery realm.

It puts the physical object back at the heart of curatorial training and sets specialist knowledge firmly within the context of the modern museum and the expanding remit of the art curator in the 21st century.