LinkedIn features a variety of groups for professional curatorial networking.
Art Radar selected 10 LinkedIn groups providing a forum for exchange of experiences, ideas, dialogue and collaboration that are exclusively targeted at art curators around the world.
2,890 members | open group
Created in March 2010 by a Social Media Consultant, the group is a platform for discussion and sharing, meeting and collaboration for curators and arts organisers of all kinds. The group also include sections for promoting events, jobs and provides an open list of all members. The group’s members range from curators, gallerists and arts managers to recruiters in the field of art.
89 members | open group
This small but active group was created in August 2011, and focuses on digital curation. It promotes the Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe (DigCurV). DigCurV is a project funded by the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vinci programme to establish a framework for vocational education and training in digital curation, launched in January 2011. DigCurV aims to address the availability of vocational education and training needed by curators in the library, archive, museum and cultural heritage sectors to develop the new skills that are essential for the long-term management of digital collections. It puts into contact various institutions and organisations around the world.
1,185 members | open group
Founded in July 2011 by an art historian and curator, the group is a forum for independent contemporary art curators around the world to expand their professional network, meet, discuss, share and find collaboration opportunities.
117 members | private group
Created in January 2012, the Curator’s Network is ICI’s (Independent Curators International) professional membership programme. It is an online community of curators from around the world that facilitates international dialogue and exchange. The network has more than 200 members from 25 countries, all professionals in the field of curating contemporary art, and who share the desire to build and open up their interests and research through international connections.
4,313 members | private group
Created in January 2010, the group is for current members of the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), as well as, professionals who are interested in the organisation and its activities. The AAMC supports and promotes the work of museum curators by creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, professional development and advancement. The AAMC Foundation also seeks to increase the public’s understanding of a curator’s role in art museums through professional development programs, awards and grants. Founded with a strong focus on museum curators of American art, the group also welcomes international practitioners into the dialogue.
1,020 members | open group
Founded in 2009 by an independent artist and curator, the group welcomes all art professionals, especially in the field of curating who are interested in sharing experience and ideas and expanding their networks in contemporary art. From news to opportunities and discussions, members can initiate all kinds of conversations around contemporary art, curating, organising exhibitions and so on.
31 members | open group
Created in March 2013, the group is an online platform set up to complement conversations and discussions from the curatorial symposium “So What, Now What”, hosted by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF) in April 2013. The EHTF funds innovative projects that advance solutions to basic and enduring problems in the fields of arts, environment and learning disabilities. EHTF’s founders own an extensive collection of modern art spanning the twentieth century. The Art Programmes of the Foundation honour the founders’ artistic vision and include a programme to help artists gain the skills necessary for sustaining a successful career in the arts. They also run an award for exhibition curators, which offers support to research, redefine and push new themes in contemporary art exhibitions.
22 members | open group
Only founded in June 2014, this dedicated group for visual art curators interested in The Manchester Contemporary is the space to watch for details on the curator programme, which is yet to be announced. The Manchester Contemporary is an invitation art fair that serves as a platform to emerging galleries and their artists and is funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council England. The event is the only one outside London that brings together art lovers and buyers with the best of critically engaged contemporary art, in addition to offering guided tours and visitor programmes.
33 members | private group
Created in April 2012, the private group is a discussion and networking platform reserved to former participants in the De Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Since 2006, the ten-month programme aims to offer young curators a condensed package of experiences and skills that can be seen as instruments to enhance the development of their professional career. The programme focuses on the history of exhibition-making, diverse curatorial practices, institution building and project management.
35 members | private group
Created in 2010, the group provides a professional platform for curators to share expertise and information, create cooperation and collaboration and explore the many possibilities of curatorial practice in contemporary art. The group was founded by academic and curator Wang Chunchen, curator of the China Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 and associate curator of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.
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