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Curating Contemporary Art Projects 2021

1 May 2021 to 31 May 2021

Projects will be digital and across London

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The Royal College of Art Curating Contemporary Art (CCA) MA 2021 graduating students present their final projects, developed in collaboration with partners the British Library, Camden Art Centre, Furtherfield and Gasworks. Curating under Covid-19 continues to pose challenges to established modes of curatorial practice. Hybrid modes of working are fully explored in this year’s projects as opportunities to experiment across platforms, spaces and audiences emerge. Learning to work together across 14 different cities and 7 countries, this year’s students have commissioned over 20 artists and contributors to produce projects that fully embrace today’s global context of creative and curatorial collaboration.


We are just animals, humans, and machines getting on together in specific lifeworlds 

In partnership with Furtherfield

Supporters: Arts Council England, Here For Culture and Haringey Council

We are just animals, humans, and machines getting on together in specific lifeworlds is a site-specific, digital listening experience connecting the human and non-human inhabitants of Finsbury Park.


Fulfilment Services Ltd. 

In partnership with Gasworks

Supporters: JACK ARTS and Print&Digital

Fulfilment Services Ltd. explores the implications of techno-capitalism for the widespread supply and demand networks that fulfil consumer needs and desires. Newly commissioned artworks unfold across physical and digital spaces of distribution including billboards, delivery vehicles, and a digital platform.

A Phygital Curatorial Tour will take place at 6pm, 5 May, with viewers invited to join via Zoom. A film will incorporate artist interviews, curatorial input, and many streams of online footage as well as video from twelve sites around London. The tour will be followed by a live Q&A with curators.


In the meantime… 

In partnership with Camden Art Centre

In the meantime… is an online public programme of commissions by Camden-based artists, whose works act as a companion for our audience to explore the stories, both past and present, between Somers Town in north-west London and neighbouring Camden Art Centre. 

Live events via In the meantime... Instagram page: Q&A with Javier Calderon (9 May, 6pm), Q&A with Lucy Joyce (11 May, 6.30pm) and A stroll with In the meantime...we walk, we wonder, wander (a guided tour with curators, 13 May, 6pm).


Notes on Play

In partnership with the British Library

Supporters: Unlocking Our Sound HeritageThe National Lottery Heritage Fund and London Arts Board

For Notes on Play, multi-disciplinary artist Shenece Oretha has been commissioned to make a new work in response to the 'Playtimes' collection within the British Library sound archive. The commission explores the creative capacities of active listening, the politics of play and the archival.

Events: Artist in Conversation: Shenece Oretha in Conversation with the Curators (10 May, 6pm–7:30pm), Panel Discussion: Thinking through Play (12 May, 5pm–6:30pm) and Online Creative Workshop: Practice Play with Meera Shakti Osborne (14 May 2021, 11:30am–1pm).


Hear the Light

In partnership with Gasworks

Hear the Light is a synchronisation of aural and visual experiences, a meditation on connectivity that brings together new work by artists Chibuzor Adiele, Anat Ben-David, Simnikiwe Buhlungu and Chen Zhe.

Events: As Microcosm, So Macrocosm, opening guided meditation and workshop with Rieko Whitfield (11 May, 6–7pm), Artists in conversation: Have you woke yet? Chibuzor Adiele, Anat Ben-David and Simnikiwe Buhlungu (13 May, 6–7pm) and Closing performative meditation, with Anat Ben-David (17 May, 6–7pm). 


Partners of the CCA Projects 2021
Partners of the CCA Projects 2021

Supporters of the CCA Projects 2021: Arts Council England, JACK ARTS, Haringey Council, Here For Culture, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Print&Digital and Unlocking Our Sound Heritage
Supporters of the CCA Projects 2021

Established over 25 years ago the MA Curating Contemporary Art (CCA) programme is recognised as an international leader in curatorial education and training and for its commitment to collaborative group project-based work that integrates theory and practice. The CCA programme approaches the field critically, theoretically and through best practice in commissioning, curating and programming with UK based, international arts organisations and spaces. These partnerships ensure that the knowledge and understanding of these practices is grounded in the context of public audiences, urbanisation and the digital. CCA is part of the RCA’s School of Arts and Humanities, led by Professor Victoria Walsh. This year’s graduate project course has been led by Kelly Large with project tutors, Shama Khanna, Marianne Mulvey and Amanprit Sandhu.

Are you are interested in joining the next cohort of curators shaping the arts sector? Find out more about our MA Curating Contemporary Art and Curating Contemporary Art and Design short course.