Call for applications: MA Exhibition Studies

Call for applications: MA Exhibition Studies

Liverpool John Moores University

Courtesy Liverpool School of Art & Design
February 19, 2016
Call for applications: MA Exhibition Studies

Deadline: September 2, 2016

Liverpool John Moores University 
School of Art and Design
The John Lennon Art and Design Building
2 Duckinfield St
Liverpool L3 5RD

T +44151 231 3274
[email protected]

Liverpool John Moores University’s School of Art and Design is the oldest art school in the UK outside of London, originally established in 1825 as the Liverpool Mechanics’ School of Art Institute. Today the School is housed in the RIBA award winning John Lennon Art and Design Building and offers extensive studio spaces, lecture theatres and a dedicated public exhibition space.

MA Exhibition Studies is a unique Masters programme of study dedicated to the understanding of, and imaginative engagement with, the history, theory and practice of worldwide exhibition cultures. It explores a dynamic field of creative practice which crosses disciplinary boundaries and explores shifting ideas about art intersecting with larger curatorial trends and ideas, in a global context. Offered as one year full-time, or two years part-time, the programme focuses on the history and practice of exhibition culture.

Specifically the MA focuses on the mediation of curatorial projects in galleries and museums, biennials and other survey exhibitions. The ambition of the programme is to offer best practice in exhibition formulation and to prepare graduates to be leading researchers in exhibition histories, exhibition cultures, curatorial practice, and innovative forms of display that allow visitors to think about exhibitions in new ways, while working across diverse industries and fields of practice.

The MA is delivered through a range of methods: including within the exhibition studio and gallery environments, lectures, seminars, workshops, individual tutorial, study visits and field trips. Additionally, the programme supports student scholarships, paid work placements, research trips, and an international visiting speakers programme. The programme is:

–Exhibition Studio Practice
–Research & Practice
–Collaborative Practice
–Major project
–Thesis exhibition

The Exhibition Research Lab underpins the MA, drawing on the internationally distinguished expertise of staff and visiting staff engaged in theoretical and applied research in the field of exhibitions studies and curating, in collaboration with key cultural institutions in Liverpool and internationally. The MA operates in close partnership with Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, FACT (Foundation for Creative Art and Technology) and RIBA North (Royal Institute of British Architects), to offer opportunities to develop public presentations, curatorial projects, and exhibitions in real-life contexts.

In addition, the programme benefits from the context of our own Exhibition Research Lab Gallery located at the School Art and Design John Lennon Building; LJMU’s Special Collections and Archives (including Liverpool Biennial Archives) as well as a range of international collaborations and partnerships developed by staff, such as a partnership with the MA Curating programme at Aarhus University, Denmark.

“MA Exhibition Studies is the only degree of its kind in the UK to focus on the craft and culture of exhibitions, and the Biennial is fully supportive of its aims. I am proud to be an advisor on the programme and I look forward to working with students to advance their knowledge and to develop new and engaging ways of curating, exhibiting and demonstrating the value of art.”

Sally Tallant, Director, Liverpool Biennial     

Programme staff
The program is led by Dr. Joasia Krysa,who works in partnership with Liverpool Biennial; and includes Dr. Mark Wright, the academic partner with FACT; Dr. Aliki Perysinaki, the academic partner with RIBA North; and Michael Birchall, the academic partner with Tate Liverpool.

Programme advisors and visiting staff
Professor Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director, Tate Liverpool; Sally Tallant, Director, Liverpool Biennial; Jacob Lund and Geoff Cox, Associate Professors, MA Curating, Aarhus University, Denmark; Juliana Engberg, Artistic Director, European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017, Denmark; Koyo Kouoh, Director Raw Material Company, Dakar; Lars Bang Larsen, Sao Paolo Biennial 2016

MPhil in Contemporary Art and PhD opportunities in Exhibition Studies and Curating are also offered, supported by the School’s research team.


For more information and how to apply:
Contact Programme Director, Dr. Joasia Krysa, [email protected]



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