Curate.A.Space

Museum and Exhibition Consultancy

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Carol Brown was formerly Director of the Durban Art Gallery (1996-2006) and established the consultancy Curate.A.Space in 2007.  Carol has strong contacts with all of the museums and galleries in the country and internationally. She curates traveling exhibitions, artist projects, corporate and museum collections. The consultancy undertakes project work with a team of experienced professionals who are sub-contracted on a regular project basis. These include curators, installation experts, designers, and transport companies.

Regular partnerships include the University of California (UCLA) where she works on exhibitions with Global Art and Health Centre.  She is also consultant curator to the Ifa Lethu Foundation which repatriates art previously lost to the country during the apartheid era.  She has worked with important collections such as the art collection of the City of Durban and the Constitution Court collection in Joburg.

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Zinhle Khumalo is a young creative from Eswatini who has been living and working in Durban since 2011. She holds a BTech Fine Art from the Durban University of Technology and  is currently working as an assistant curator for Curate.A.Space Museum and Exhibition Consultancy

 

For the past 6 years, Khumalo has worked on local and international exhibitions, travelling shows, and various artist projects which have helped hone her curatorial and advisory skills.  

 

With a passion in creating platforms for young artists in Durban, Khumalo has been involved in many initiatives that strive to showcase and sustain creativity in Durban. Her involvement in the Aweh! Youth program has shifted her career focus to considering and finding ways to navigate Durban creative spaces to support local young creatives, especially young woman artists.

 

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to bring art to the widest audience through exhibiting in diverse spaces to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. 

Curate.A.Space specializes in a variety of arts-related services to meet a broad spectrum of client needs. These include exhibitions and exhibition support for art and history projects, as well as offering workshops on professional practice for artists and curators. 

We organize all aspects of solo and group exhibitions of art for museums, university galleries, non-profit g, corporations, and other institutions. We also develop educational publications and programs to complement these exhibitions.

The consultancy also assists institutions in aspects of exhibition support such as designing and producing labels, catalogues and organizing publicity.

 

Exhibitions

One of the core functions of Curate.A.Space is to curate exhibitions in different spaces. We are extending the idea of "the white cube" as being the only venue for exhibitions.

The content of our exhibitions often determines the space. for example, in the exhibition for the Ifa Lethu Foundation, we opened the exhibition in the men's prison at Constitution hill. This is a historic building which has been left as it was as when people we imprisoned for their political views, among other things. The Ifa Lethu collection repatriates artworks by artists marginalized by the South African art community. The works often spoke of the injustices during apartheid and the venue at Constitution Hill gave weight to their work.

Selecting the appropriate spaces which to make an exhibition more meaningful is part of our mission.

 

Curating is 20% flair and imagination and 80% administration, collaboration and management. You need to be able to think ahead and see around corners. You cannot take a successful exhibition without the 20% but you can ruin a great idea if you cannot bring an exhibition together.” – Nicholas Serota (Former Director, Tate, London)

CLIENTS

Constitutional Court Art Collection (Consultant curator for permanent collection), Ethekwini Municipality - Moses Mabhida Stadium and Durban Art Gallery and Dept of Architecture, University of KwaZulu Natal (Centenary Exhibition), McCord Hospital (Centenary Exhibition), Ifa Lethu Foundation, University of California Los Angeles, Artworks for Change USA, The National Arts Council of SA, The international Conference Centre Durban, The Institute of Architects KZN, French / SA Seasons, South African Museums Association, Stephen Welz & Co.

 

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General Inquiry: curate.a.space@gmail.com

Carol Brown: cbrown.durban@gmail.com

Zinhle Khumalo: tandzile003@gmail.com
Phone: +27 (0) 83 778 1192