Professional development course

The Principles of Exhibition Making

Tuesday 21 September 2021 - Tuesday 26 October 2021

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Tuesday 21 September 2021 - Tuesday 26 October 2021

  • V&A Academy, Online

  • Course price £360.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Working with the V&A’s expert staff and industry professionals, you will study the process and driving ideas behind V&A exhibition-making: from concept to build and design, you will get a 360-degree insight into the major considerations when putting on a show. Focusing on six key themes – mission, audience, research, experience design, project management and collaboration – this course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to feel more confident about putting on an exhibition of your own.

This course is primarily intended for people who are early- or mid-career in the museum/heritage sector or people interested in working in exhibitions.

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Matilda Pye

Independent Curator and Course Leader Matilda Pye

Matilda Pye is curator, educator and a V&A Research Institute, Paul Mellon, Public Engagement Fellow. Since 2004 she has worked with museums and galleries in the UK and Internationally including Tate, the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

Course Overview

This course will be delivered online and will be made up of live presentations, tutorials, panel discussions, exclusive interviews, and small-group workshop sessions, designed to create an engaging and interactive experience whichever time zone you are joining from. For more information on how this course will be delivered please see our V&A Academy online questions.

Over the course of six weeks participants will:
• Gain understanding of a broad range of current thinking and critical approaches around curatorial practice for temporary exhibitions
• Learn new methods of developing a proposal or concept for an exhibition
• Gather insights into technical processes involved in exhibition-making including planning, managing and delivery of exhibitions


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Professional development course: The Principles of Exhibition Making

21 September 2021 - 26 October 2021


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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)