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Matan Daube

MA work

MA work

Graduation Shows in UK Art Schools between the 1970s and 2013

This dissertation sets out to examine graduation shows in UK art schools between 1974 and 2013. I will investigate the graduate show through questions that examine why they exist and what their intention might be. I will also decipher how graduate shows function within the general education system. I will be looking at two different discourses in art theory: the art and education discourse, and the exhibition-making discourse. In the former, graduate shows are hardly mentioned although they form a significant part of the art school experience. In the latter, the graduation show falls outside the category of the 'professional' art show, as the exhibitors are students.

The first chapter is devoted to a short survey of the history of art teaching in the UK, and its paradigms. Of special interest are the different ways art schools assess students, and the ways in which students graduate within various disciplines.

The second chapter will look at graduation shows and their traditions and implications within the contemporary art discourse. I will be looking at these exhibitions critically, to see what might be done differently to define their uniqueness within art discourse. I will examine what art students expect from their degree show and how they are assessed by tutors, students and the public. Finally, I will consider how the degree show impacts on the student's future.



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  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2014

  • I have been a practitioner since I completed my Fine Art degree. As a result I have a strong rapport with artists that allows an understanding and communication that is crucial in a curator. I have learned to work with artworks through experience, first by working closely with artists and then with art professionals, such as art handlers, specialists, art hangers, curators and fabricators.  A primary aspect of my work has been to work with commercial partners, fundraising and finding sponsors. I believe it is crucial to establish good partnerships to create a win-win situation. In our ever-changing global economic climate, with the challenge of maintaining art organisations under recession, the benefit of partnerships requires scrutiny when philanthropy is no longer a given.

    Currently I am working for an art collection – The Igal Ahouvi Art Collection, the biggest and most prominent private art collection in Israel. I am the London-based curator and consultant, and work closely with galleries, auction houses and private dealers. The collection focuses on contemporary art, and has over a thousand art works in three major cities: Tel Aviv, London and Geneva. I am part of the initiating team of the art fair and over the last six years I have curated many projects within the fair, including the emerging artists' platform, special project and commissioned works, video art platform and the events. I am also the chief editor of the art fair's publications, and manager of production.

  • Degrees

  • BFA Fine Arts, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel, 2006; Student exchange programme, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, London, 2005; Foundation course, Sadnat Amanei Ha'Kibbutz, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2001
  • Experience

  • Curator, The Igal Ahouvi Art Collection, London and Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2012–present ; Associate curator, Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2007–present; Visiting lecturer, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel, 2007 ; Art critic, Time Out magazine, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2006–7
  • Exhibitions

  • VIDEO BOX, Preview Berlin Art Fair, Berlin, 2011 ; Friday, Hanina Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2010; Mani Hunted House, Mani House, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2009; Your Cat is Dead, Hamidrash Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2009; Moto, Tmona Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2008; The Herzelia Biannual, Herzelia, Israel, 2007; Young Israeli Art, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2007; Project1+Tapet, Uganda Art Space, Jerusalem, Israel, 2007; Hakafut, Joint exhition with Barak Ravitz and Tamar Getter, Dvir Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2008; Yoav Efrati, 2010
  • Awards

  • Morash Foundation Prize for a Young Artist, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2007 ; America-Israel Cultural Fund Creation Grant, 2006 ; Prize for academic excellence, Department of Fine Arts, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel, 2006
  • Publications

  • Essay on Yoav Efrati, Exhibition Catalogue, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, 2011 ; Essay on Oren Ben Moreh, Exhibition Catalogue, Noga gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2011 ; Contributing interviewer, 18 magazine for Business and Art, Tel-Aviv, 2010