I enrolled in the Royal College of Art’s Curating & Criticism Summer School to get a better understanding of the art world and to improve my practice as an artist.
I’m a self-taught contemporary artist with a background in engineering and business. I graduated recently from the Cass Business School with an MBA (Master of Business Administration) and a fully developed strategy and business concept for a collaborative art gallery – my intention is to combine two of my passions: business and art.
The classes were held at RCA Kensington, in a room surrounded by prestigious alumni work, from Barbara Hepworth to David Hockney, and Tracey Emin to Chris Ofili. This, supported by the close proximity to west London’s museums hub, made for an inspirational and humbling experience.
It is well known that creativity is London’s strength, not to mention its appeal as a city of international exchange; making the capital the perfect location for educational practices. Looking at the city as a meaningful context for a work of art, London has transformed itself into a site for deep enquiry and fertile education.
The creative cultural diversity of the RCA class was a valuable aspect of the course, as it attracts students from all over of the world (more than ten different nationalities).
I was particularly impressed with the RCA’s Curating & Criticism learning framework. The aim of the programme was to redirect our mode of looking at objects, and the art world at large, incorporating theory with an intense practical engagement. We were constantly challenged to interpret exhibitions and develop curating concepts as part of our practice
The RCA Curating & Criticism course has provided me with a toolkit of thinking skills. It has taught me how to translate concepts into words and bring them back to visual arrangements. As an artist, I have recognised the importance of connecting a work of art to public discourse and how to present a curatorial work as a work of art in its own right.
"I can sum up my experience at the RCA as unique, magic and eye opening – it has deeply influenced my art practice, making me fall in love with the art world once again."Lucrecia Goellner (Criticism & Curating Summer School, 2017)