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Núria Querol

PhD Curating Contemporary Art, 2007–11

Before applying to the Royal College of Art, I studied Chinese contemporary art and curatorial practices at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Peking University, Beijing, and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. I wanted to build up my understanding of contemporary art and curatorial practices, and I thought that the RCA would be the best place for me to develop my academic research. 

I received a Curatorial Studies grant from Fundación Marcelino Botín in Santander and then obtained a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation to undertake research in curating contemporary art in India at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, where I am associated researcher.

My interest in curating Indian contemporary art is part of an ongoing long-term research project focused on Asian contemporary art. This PhD has given me the opportunity to study with prestigious academics and to work with the two universities in London and Delhi where I have been able to increase my knowledge of both Indian contemporary art and contemporary curatorial practices. I am currently living in India doing fieldwork, and will soon return to London to complete my PhD. After finishing my studies, I shall continue my academic work as professor and researcher and also hope to work curating exhibitions in my specialist field. 

"As an international student with an interest in global dialogues, I wanted to share my own culture, experiences and knowledge, and hoped to learn from others. "
Núria Querol
Núria Querol