Young Curators Group case studies

Taliha, Young Curator, aged 18

Prepared by Charlotte Major, Young People's Programme Volunteer

Reflecting on another role, the design of a poster for the event, Taliha discovered that she takes “…joy in ensuring that consistency and compatibility of colour are in balance with one another.” She learned that “simple changes…can really help to enhance the quality of a promotional message,” skills that will be useful in future employment.

The evening had an Indian theme and Taliha found the fusion of traditional and contemporary performance styles really opened her eyes “…to a whole new medium of artistic expression." She describes her experience of the event;

“Meeting and greeting guests is one of the things I most like doing …It also reinforces the idea that the Gallery is a friendly and welcoming place to be”.


Sommer, Young Curator, aged 17

Prepared by Jemima Wilson, Young People’s Programme Volunteer

As a Young Curator, Sommer worked with the group to curate an exhibition of young people’s artwork called Torn Justice. The exhibition would be open to the public at the William Morris Gallery and promoted alongside other high profile exhibitions. The Young Curators Group embraced this opportunity and created a visually appealing, popular exhibition that perfectly captured the creativity and talent of young people.

The artworks respond to the exploitation of workers in the global textile industry. Sommer said; “Clare and I looked at the work and decided… how the pieces would make an impact and tell a story while also thinking about the aesthetic flow.” Sommer made creative decisions that drew on her strengths as an artist whilst also learning practical and technical skills. With guidance from the Gallery’s curators, Clare and Sommer hung all the artworks in the exhibition.

“I also helped with the marketing of the exhibition” Sommer explained, “Instead of producing a leaflet, the curation team decided that the most efficient way of showcasing the young artists responses would be in a zine.” The young curators are encouraged to share their skills through the projects they are involved in, in this case Sommer taught the rest of the team how to make a Zine!”

“I learnt that should just get stuck in and not be afraid. You should voice your opinions as it is important for everyone to hear each other out. Having lots of ideas is better than just one as you learn to compromise and discover what is best for the situation. It's challenging but also rewarding as you get to see your planning come to life and sometimes it doesn’t go 100% of the way you would like it to  - however you can just learn from this and try and do better next time.“


Kimberley, Young Curator, aged 21

Prepared by Laura Kemp, Young People’s Programme Volunteer

For Kimberley, the opportunity to organise events was the highlight of being a Young Curator. Through this experience she learnt “valuable skills… like teamwork and time management”. She also enjoyed the social side, getting to know “a really wonderful group of friends” with similar interests.

In April 2015 the Young Curators Group organised and then hosted a poetry event at the gallery, headlined by the extremely talented Young Poet Laureate for London, Aisling Fahey. Kimberley found this was “a good opportunity to practice my public speaking skills”, a useful skill for her CV, and enjoyed working with the performers.

Kimberley had the important role of publicising the event, she contacted poetry groups in London, researched other performance poets and persuaded them to get involved. Kimberley knew that good performers would help to make the event more successful. She learnt that communication was really important for liaising with them and keeping them informed.

At the event Kimberley had a hands-on role welcoming the guests and poets. Some last-minute changes to the programme kept her on her toes but Kimberley had the illustrious job of making the opening speech and she did not let anything stop her enjoying that special moment.