Tate visits to Birmingham

The collaborative relationship includes Tate talks delivered at Birmingham School of Art. These lectures give students the opportunity to hear first-hand from curators, programmers and other key staff working at Tate Liverpool without having to leave Margaret Street.

The variety of talks have discussed everything from curation to writing the final year dissertations – allowing students an essential industry insight that helps them understand the real-world implication of their studies.

Recently Tate Liverpool Exhibitions and Displays Curator Darren Pih delivering a talk to final year students from both courses. Joined by Programme Manager Deborah Riding and Head of Interpretation and Education Lindsey Fryer, Darren discussed his approach to curatorial practices and research – extremely relevant to final year students’ work.

Darren’s talk focused around the 2013 ‘Glam! The Performance of Style’ exhibition that traced the migration of fine art ideas to the forefront of popular culture during the late 1960s and mid-1970s. The period witnessed a combination of fine art, performance, fashion, music and design traced to the interdisciplinary art school ethos as well as the New York subculture of the 1960s.

The talk culminated with a question and answer session hosted by Birmingham School of Art’s Head of School Jonathan Harris. This gave students the unique opportunity to ask questions of practicing members of industry, ensuring their work is relevant and keeping with current trends in society.