Curating Summer Academy

This 11 day intensive course in London, Düsseldorf and Vienna offers you

– to learn from renowned curators & art professionals

– an overview of current curatorial approaches and new tendencies

– privileged insights in prestigious art institutions

– international networking

– to discover art beyond the white cube: urban art and artists initiatives  

– to study in small groups (max. 14 participants)

Next session September 2024

Curating beyond the white cube

Curatorial skills have become a key to a successful career not only for curators but also for artists and gallery owners. Our 11 day course based in London and Düsseldorf, major centers of the art scene in the world, is the ideal preparation if you plan a career in the curatorial field of the arts, in the area of cultural cooperation with European institutions, or in the art world in general, because it will give you valuable real life insights into current curatorial practice in and beyond the white cube and introduce you to leading professionals. The course will provide you with knowledge of the most recent evolution and trends in curating art, all this from the best specialists in the area which you will meet and discuss with. You can develop your network and receive support from Alumni and the organizers. The development of your own exhibition concept offers the possibility of seeing it realized.

The specialty of this course is that it addresses equally future or already established curators, artists, art historians or cultural managers. It is also open to anyone who has a professional interest in curating, whatever their educational background.

Principles of the Curating Summer Academy

Detmar Westhoff has a 20 year experience in the field of curating, and the conception of the course follows his principles:

  • Self-determined action & independent entrepreneurship as basis for a meaningful, successful and satisfactory activity in the cultural sector
  • Process-driven development of ideas and projects connected to a network of artists, curators, art historians (no doctrine)
  • Learning from each other – taking into consideration the artist/curator relationship and at the same time regional factors. This means that we discuss in an open way and always practice exchange on a level platform (no rigid teacher – student or curator – artist hierarchy)
  • Building bridges between continents – this is a largely neglected field so far and there is groundwork to be done – Westhoff is a pioneer in this field. The aim is to bring artists, curators and cultural institutions closer together.
  • Deeper understanding of the economy for realizing your artistic idea
  • Networking and Alumni – Alumni students, lecturers and Westhoff are available for you to get advice and to help you building up your network.


Cody Choi, Artist, Seoul

Having studied and been mentored by Mike Kelley and John C. Welchman in the US, the artist’s work explores the cultural identity and relationship of authority within contemporary society. Choi was a representing artist at the Korean Pavilion for the 2017 Venice Biennale. Among his solo shows are his retrospective travelling shows (2015-2017) at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille and Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz. He taught at New York University, New York, USA from 1994 – 2004 and at Hongik University, Seoul, Korea from 2004 – 2011.