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What does a curator do?

You may be wondering, what is curator and what does this career involve? Armed with a discerning gaze and a passion for culture, curators search high and low for the perfect pieces for their exhibits. As a curator, you would browse through archives and use your networks to acquire and develop collections. While an art curator is perhaps the most well-known title, there are many types of curators and they work freelance or in-house for a range of institutions, from museum curation to government facilities and universities. On any given day, managing your curated spaces might involve arranging for the restoration of artefacts, organising loans, or dealing with enquiries.

Is a career as a curator right for me?

Curators rely on their keen eye, industry knowledge and networks to find hidden treasures perfect for a specific space. As a curator it’s also helpful to possess skills and attributes including:

  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • good project management skills
  • the ability to work in a team environment
  • good time management skills
  • strong research skills.

How to become a curator

Every journey to study is individual and there can be several paths to reaching your curation career goals. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of visual arts:
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Last updated May 2024.

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