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Public Lecture Course

Every Thursday for five weeks from 8 Match to 12 April 2018 (except 29 March)

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Open to all and free to attend, but enrolment is required

Lecture Room, Paul Mellon Centre

Registration opens 22 January 2018

This spring the Paul Mellon Centre is pleased to run an additional Public Lecture Course titled, 'Thinking About Exhibitions: Interpretation, Reconstruction, and Curation'. Led by the Centre’s Director of Studies, Mark Hallett, this spring's course will take an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the research, writing, borrowing, design, and installation processes involved in putting on a major exhibition. 'Thinking About Exhibitions' will use as case studies exhibitions held at major institutions around the world including: 

  • Hogarth, which took place at Tate Britain in 2007,
  • The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition, at the Royal Academy, due to open Summer 2018
  • George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field, which will open at the Yale Center for British Art in the autumn, before travelling to the Holburne Museum in Bath in the spring of 2019.

'Thinking about Exhibitions' will feature artists, curators, and art historians as guest speakers over its five sessions. 


This term’s course will take a slightly different format from previous years. The first four sessions will follow the traditional Public Lecture Course model, with a lecture followed by a question and answer period. The final session will be a group discussion that will bring together all of the themes discussed in the preceding lectures. Each lecture will be recorded and made available to the public through the Centre’s website.

'Thinking about Exhibitions' will begin on Thursday, 8 March 2018 and will run every Thursday for three weeks. There will be a one-week break for the Easter holiday and the course will begin again on 5 April and conclude on 12 April.