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Group Exhibition Project - HOA00060I

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  • Department: History of Art
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Richard Johns
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This module explores the nature of the University of York's art collections, the spaces and contexts in which artworks from the collection are presented, and the impact of display upon the interpretation of objects.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

Each year the module will centre on a particular exhibition or display project, exploring the various components of exhibition development, including object selection and arrangement, production of interpretive texts, design, audience analysis, education activities, marketing and fundraising. Through the group project, students will experience at first hand how curatorial theory intersects with the practical and conceptual demands of planning a feasible exhibition.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, a student should have acquired:

  • understanding of the relationship between permanent art collections and changing exhibitions
  • familiarity with the varied roles involved in exhibition development, and deeper understanding of at least one of those roles
  • ability to analyse the interrelationships between how objects are displayed and how they are interpreted by both specialist and general audiences
  • ability to work effectively in a group


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Group Exhibition Project Written Task
N/A 50
Presentation : Group Project Presentation
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Group Exhibition Project
N/A 100

Module feedback

You will receive feedback on assessed work within the timeframes set out by the University - please check the Guide to Assessment, Standards, Marking and Feedback for more information.

The purpose of feedback is to help you to improve your future work. If you do not understand your feedback or want to talk about your ideas further, you are warmly encouraged to meet your Supervisor during their Office Hours.

Indicative reading

Emma Barker, Contemporary Cultures of Display (1999)

Andrew Dewdney, David Dibosa and Victoria Walsh, Post-Critical Museology: Theory and Practice in the Art Museum (2013)

Reesa Greenberg, Bruce W. Ferguson and Sandy Nairne, eds., Thinking About Exhibitions (1996)

Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, Museums and the Interpretation of Visual Culture (2000)

Janet Marstine, ed., New Museum Theory and Practice: An Introduction (2005)

James Putnam, Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium (2009)

Brandon Taylor, Art for the Public: Exhibitions and the London Public, 1747-2001 (1999)

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.