On the edge: working as an independent freelance curator

Francesca Rendle-Short, ‘On the edge’, published in Art Monthly Australia, December 1999 – February 2000, No 126, p15

This article records the challenges of working as an independent freelance curator.

‘While in the past, curators in institutions would have been seen as the keepers of the collection those who shape and give voice to the collection now they are a point of public contact so that their primary connection is not as it is with the audience. Curators in the larger institutions have taken on public service qualities.

In smaller institutions and contemporary art spaces the definition changes……the director and curator are often synonymous…. and the role is more one of facilitation, collaboration and coordination between artist, audience and institution.’

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