How to Become a Curator

By The Arty Teacher - November 6, 2023

What is a Curator?

A curator is a professional responsible for selecting, organizing, and caring for collections of artworks, historical artifacts, or cultural items in museums and galleries. They have to decide what art or artifacts are shown, and how to engage the public. They often conduct research and write the information that visitors read which brings the exhibition to life.

What Skills does a Curator need?

To become a curator, you need a love for art and history, attention to detail, and a desire to choose and take care of art and artifacts and to share their stories with others. It’s like being a guardian of cool and interesting stuff!

What Qualification does a Curator Need?

Most curators have a master’s degree in subjects such as art history, museum studies or anthropology. This provides in-depth knowledge of art, culture, and museum best practices. Practical experience is essential, often gained through internships, volunteer work, or entry-level positions in museums, galleries, or cultural institutions.

Curators must possess strong research and organisational skills, as well as the ability to curate exhibitions, manage collections, and engage with diverse audiences. Communication and teamwork are also critical, as curators often collaborate with colleagues, artists, donors, and the public.

What Next?

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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