Curating //// Feedback, Peer Support and Assessment


Processes of Assessment

Staff will continue to assess your learning in relation to three Learning Outcomes.

The assessment is holistic – it focuses on both the curatorial research process and its programmed outcomes.

We will also make use of formal peer-assessment at the very end of the course.

Formative Assignment Details

There are five elements in this assignment. The five elements form a template for you to work with when writing your Organisational Report. Just remember that this is just a template; it exists as a ‘scaffold’ to help you structure your investigation – it’s not the rule of law πŸ‘¨β€βš–οΈ. If you want to work outside of the boundaries of this template a bit (going over/under the guide limits) that’s okay πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’».

Organisational Report Template:

  1. Identify an arts organisation that you admire and/or have worked for.
  2. Critically examine and review its vision and values. (guide: >300 words)
  3. Critically examine and review its organisational structure. In you review, address how its structure enables or prevents it from realising its vision and values? (guide: >400 words)
  4. Working with a specific example, critically examine and review how the arts organisation’s vision and values and its structure inform its approach to commissioning and/or programming. For example. you might here have to consider if the organisation was forced to ‘pivot’ due to Covid-19 and how well, or not, it has since adapted its commissioning and/or programming. (guide: >500 words)
  5. How might what you have found out about this arts organisation inform how you will work together as a team? (guide: >300 words)

Where / when do you submit the Organisational Report?

Write your Organisational Report and post it on your own Curating Portfolio (WP course blog).

Before 5pm on Friday 18 February

Please post your Organisational Report to your own Curating Portfolio (WordPress Blog in LEARN) by 5pm on Friday 18th February.

This will give Rachael and Neil the following week (a non-teaching week) to review and feedback to you. It will also allow you to all conduct a peer-review of your own that week.

  • The report must be no longer than 1,500 words in total.
  • You will share your report with peers in your sub-group (peer-review in Flexible Learning Week, between Week 5 and Week 6).
  • You will be given feedback from Neil/Rachael and from at least one of your peers on your report in Week 6.

SinceΒ  this is just for the purposes of formative feedback, you will not be given a grade. If you do not submit, or submit late there is no penalty. Neil/Rachael and your peers will simply not give you feedback.

You will be letting your peers down if you don’t post at all – (guilt trip warning! πŸ˜€) – the Organisational Reports are mutually beneficial. (No lurkers?) Remember that you complete a peer-review at the very end of the course – (karma) – so a no-show might come back on you πŸ‘».

Summative Assignment Details

Part 1 – Project Book


You will submit a Project Book that contains the following two components:


#1: A Curatorial Portfolio that documents and clearly visualises how you researched and contributed to the evolution of

a) your own Curatorial Project AND

b) the group’s Curatorial Programme

The Curatorial Portfolio is maintained in WordPress and is embedded in LEARN. Please ensure that you use this WordPress and only this one!!

#2: Critical Reflection on your Portfolio that accounts for your own curatorial journey towards the realisation of

a) your own Individual Curatorial Project AND

b) the CAT group’s Curatorial Programme

The Critical Reflection text must not exceed 4,000 words. The word limit does not include footnotes, bibliography or Figs.

You will upload the Critical Reflection text to LEARN (Turnitin) for assessment.

Both components of the Project Book will be used to assess if you have achieved all three Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcome #1. Research: Identify, engage with, and apply a range of contemporary curatorial methods, practices and theories relevant to the commissioning, production, dissemination and archiving of cultural practices.

Learning Outcome #2: Practice: Working with your peers, commission, produce, disseminate and archive cultural practices, locating your approach in relation to the expanded field of contemporary curatorial theory and practice.

Learning Outcome #3: Review & Reflect: Critically analyse a) your own curatorial practices, and b) your peers’ curatorial practices in relation to a range of contemporary curatorial practices and theories.

DEADLINE: Due 4th May 2022 at 3pm.

Summative Assignment Details

Part 2 – Peer Review

#3: Peer Review

Having contributed towards the realisation of your group Curatorial Programme, you will review the curatorial contributions made by at least one of your peers by examining and critically responding to their Project Book (i.e. their a) Portfolio AND b) Critical Reflection)

Along with your own Project Book, Assignment #3 will be used to enable staff to fully assess Learning Outcome #3:

Learning Outcome #3: Review & Reflect: Critically analyse a) your own curatorial practices, and b) your peers’ curatorial practices in relation to a range of contemporary curatorial practices and theories.


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