We spoke to MA Curation Practices student, Louise Dwyer, on studying at Leeds Arts University, why she chose Leeds and what she enjoys most about the course...

Why did you choose Leeds Arts University? 

I choose Leeds Arts University because the course is exactly what I have been looking for in my recent career development.  Moving to this decision as a mature student I felt it was able to provide the combination theory and practices in an exciting and developing city, which has new venues and a myriad of exhibitions and cultural events to visit also on the doorstep.  It is also easily accessible for me as I need to commute there during the week.

What made you select MA Curation Practices?

The Curation Practices MA covers a very broad, insightful programme which allows for your personal development under the guidance of lecturers and visiting speakers from the profession, who encourage further research and exploration into the expansive areas within this practice.  There are also opportunities which allow you to develop links and a framework to broaden your study and interests. At this point of the course, I would say I am most interested in the research elements and the developing practice of curation.

What do you enjoy about the course and the University? 

The course provides me with a range of new perspectives, new methodologies, opportunities to meet different people, and new experiences.  I love the exploration into archives and museums, which with my interests and some of my previous business knowledge can assist me with elements of the course. It is an interesting university environment with lots of creative people and ideas.  As the University site expands it will interesting to see how that develops too!

In the most recent part of the course, we completed a collaborative exhibition, which was exhibited in one of the University's gallery spaces.

The exhibition was entitled ((RE)SOUND). It was to engage with sound, which we used to create a brief and present an exhibition. We selected 10 artists working in different media to take part, and took sound, language and place as the context in which to interpret their work. The themes at the centre of the exhibition resounded with the images, audio and sculptural work whilst exploring different ways that it could be experienced within the gallery space.