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Knowing Through Showing: Conversations on Curatorial Knowledge

Knowing Through Showing: Conversations on Curatorial Knowledge

Event dates

Tuesday, 9 September, 2014


9 September 2014 - 11:00am

Event times

9 September 2014, 11:00am-7:00pm

Research areas

11:00am-4:30pm, UNSW Art & Design, F Block Level 2 Room F205




1) The symposium has now reached capacity. Please contact Rachael at to be placed on the waiting list. 

2) Seats are still available for the keynote lecture only. Please RSVP to to attend the keynote lecture for non-symposium registrants.

3) Launch of the Masters course with cocktail reception is open to symposium attendees and invited guests only).

LAUNCH of the Masters in Curating and Cultural Leadership by Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head Curator, Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales
5:00pm, UNSW Galleries

KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Honor Harger, Executive Director, ArtScience Museum,Singapore              
6:00pm, EG02 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Lecture OPEN TO SYMPOSIUM ATTENDEES AND THE PUBLIC (RSVP required for non-symposium attendees)  RSVP

Knowing Through Showing examines the unique kinds of knowledge produced and deployed through curating. The symposium highlights the diverse possibilities for curatorial practice-based research.

A series of conversations between leading practitioners will illuminate their individual methodologies and explore how they generate new knowledge through their work. Topics include the way curators engage ethically and collaboratively with local knowledge, challenge disciplinary boundaries and create contextual and interpretive frameworks for Indigenous knowledge.

A keynote address by Honor Harger, Executive Director of the ArtScience Museum in Singapore, examines the relationship between curating and leadership at the confluence of art and science.

The symposium includes the launch of the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership – an advanced degree that builds on over 20 years of postgraduate education for arts professionals at UNSW: Art and Design.

Speakers: Vanessa Bartlett, Dr Zanny Begg, Prof Jill Bennett, Zoe Butt, Brenda L. Croft, Bec Dean, Felicity Fenner, Dr Blair French, Honor Harger, Dr Lizzie Muller, Djon Mundine and Prof Terry Smith

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.



  • 11.00 am Welcome
    • Lizzie Muller
  • 11.15 am Infrastrucural activism: building alternative spaces and critical curatorial networks
    • Terry Smith and Zoe Butt - chaired by Blair French
  • 12.30 pm  Lunch Break (food and beverages not provided)
  • 1.30pm Gallery/clinic/laboratory:engaging with biomedical science and the cultures of therapy
    • Vanessa Bartlett, Bec Dean and Felicity Fenner - chaired by Lizzie Muller
  • 2.45pm Tea (catering provided)
  • 3.00pm Con/testing territories: navigating Indigenous ways of knowing, embodied archives and communal knowledge 
    • Brenda L. Croft and Djon Mundine - chaired by Zanny Begg
  • 4.15pm Closing remarks: The responsibilities of experimental curating
    • Jill Bennett
  • 4.30pm Preview of Body Image curated by Felicity Fenner and John McGhee
  • 5.00pm Launch of the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership & Reception
    •  Wayne Tunnicliffe/ Ross Harley
  • 6:00pm Keynote Address: Curating Art and Science
    •  Honor Harger


UNSW Galleries (Symposium)
EG02 Lecture Theatre (Keynote address)

UNSW Art & Design
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington
Sydney, New South Wales
Australia 2021


Vanessa Bartlett
Dr Zanny Begg
Prof Jill Bennett
Zoe Butt
Brenda L. Croft
Bec Dean
Felicity Fenner
Dr Blair French
Honor Harger
Dr Lizzie Muller
Djon Mundine
Prof Terry Smith