How to curate your own exhibition



Saturday 25th April 2020

10am – 4pm

10.00 Introduction, how to find and secure a venue, selecting artists, writers, curators and selecting work.

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Timetabling, the budget, contracts, marketing, funding and sponsorship, piggy-backing, social media campaign, insurance

1.00 Lunch

2.00 The exhibition: Hanging/installing, (working with old buildings) lighting, labelling, pricing, tool kit, signage

3.00 Other events – workshops, artists’ talks, catalogue, documentation

3.30 The preview/private view and beyond

4.00 Concluding remarks and evaluation



Artists’ Professional Practise training day with curator, mentor and writer Manick Govinda and artist-curator Stephanie Douet. For artists living and/or working in Norfolk

Do you have a new set of paintings you want to sell? Do you want to put on a group show with friends? Perhaps you want to showcase a recent project or use an historic building for an installation? Here in Norfolk there are limited possibilities for exhibiting your work in public or commercial galleries, but a wealth of wonderful potential venues for use as exhibition spaces. Putting on your own exhibition is incredibly empowering – but it can be overwhelming!

Mentors Manick Govinda and Stephanie Douet will take you step by step through the process of organising your own exhibition. You will find out how to choose the best venue for your budget, artwork and audience, how to plan your marketing and use social media, tips on the best ways to hang and label work, advice about lighting, invitation design, organising talks, workshops and events, timetabling, insurance, and suggestions for funding and sponsorship.

The training day will help you to achieve high levels of professional presentation so your work looks its very best, so you can maximise your opportunities to sell, connect with other art professionals, expand your network and raise your profile.



Cost £100.00 per person, £50 deposit payable in advance.

10 places available

To book email admin@theartpractitioner.com

Tea and coffee provided. Free parking and wheelchair access, toilet 100 metres away


Manick Govinda is an independent arts consultant, freelance arts writer, commentator, mentor, artists’ producer and project manager. Prior to stepping into the world of freelance he was Programme Director for SPACE (2018), Head of Artists Advisory Services and Artists Producer for Artsadmin (1998 – 2017) and Projects Officer for Arts & Book Publishing at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (1993-1996).

He was formerly a trustee/non-executive director for a-n The Artists Information Company and The Showroom Gallery (London).

His specialism is curation, commissioning art for public and commercial spaces, live art programming, artists’ film/video production management, project evaluation and artistic assessment, conflict resolution, social media PR, cultural strategies, stakeholder consultations, undertaking research and feasibility studies for community engagement and audience development initiatives, diversity issues and governance, license rights for audio, film & video.


Govinda has excellent networks with emerging and established artists. He worked as a producer for 2007 Turner Prize shortlisted artist Zarina Bhimji and France’s representative for the 2021 Venice Biennale Zineb Sedira, 2018 Jarman Award shortlisted artists Larry Achiampong (winner of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Artists’ Award, 2019) & David Blandy, to name a few.

He was a freelance artists’ mentor for Artquest, Bloomberg New Contemporaries and University of the Arts London and more recently for international artists on residencies with ACME studios.

Govinda is also a committed advocate for artistic freedom and expression, and is on the steering committee of the civil liberties campaign group, the Manifesto Club.

Stephanie Douet is a practising artist, curator and mentor who has also curated over 70 exhibitions for more than 150 regional and national artists in the Norfolk area.

She was the co-director with artist Dominique Rey of the self-financed Queen of Hungary Gallery between 2001- 4, and together they ran the Queen of Hungary Project Space in North Norfolk between 2007 – 10 with a programme of exhibitions, residencies and talks. She organised group exhibitions at Taverham Hall School, Bayfield Hall and most recently with artist Jacques Nimki at St.Mary’s Works, exhibiting work by 23 national artists. She was a founding committee member of Outpost Gallery, Norwich, and has a studio at Outpost Studios in Anglia Square. Most recently she has been elected artist practitioner representative of Norfolk Arts Forum.

In 2018 Douet and Nimki launched the alternative art school The Art Practitioner (commencing July 2020) and currently runs a free monthly Crit Club visiting exhibitions. She has curated many exhibitions of her own work, including in 2013 at Modern Art Oxford’s project space, at 2016 Udaipur City Palace and 2018-9 The Museum of Legacies in Jaipur. She is currently in receipt of Arts Council England funding ”Develop Your Creative Practise’ and was shortlisted for the Contemporary British painting Prize in 2019.

Douet specialises in locating exhibiting venues and putting on art exhibitions and events in non-gallery venues on a shoestring.


December’s #CritClub 6 visited Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge to see the internationally famed artist Nihkil Chopra, fresh from a triumphant residency at the Met in New York, perform his live art work ‘Rouge’. The performance was part of the exhibition ‘Homelands’ which featured work by artists from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, but I must admit I mainly went because I’ve been a fan of Chopra for a long time and had missed his exhibition at New Art Exchange in Nottingham – he performs fairly often in the UK.

The performance began in a large cage in which Chopra dressed himself in a stylised Renaissance-look black pantaloons and jacket, before slowly walking around the corner to a large expanse of white wall. There was a pile of black tubes on the floor – the lipsticks which he used to draw a Gainsborough-esque English landscape.

The picture gradually emerged over the next three hours, during which time the audience came and went, looking at the other artworks, chatting, visiting the house next door, eating. Once the landscape was completed, Chopra stepped out of this constructed English world he had  depicted. Carefully removed his clothes he arranged them on a chair in front of the drawing, leaving a his ghostly shell before the red world he had created 

There was a very friendly atmosphere, and I was delighted to meet Skinder Hundhal of New Art exchange  http://www.nae.org.uk/and Harriet Loeffler who used to curate Norwich castle and is now curator of New Hall’s collection https://www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/about/new-hall-art-collection. I also got chatting to one of the diretor’s of Chatterjee and Lal, Chopra’s gallerist and one of the biggest galleries in India https://chatterjeeandlal.com/artists/nikhil-chopra/

The evening finished with a conversation between Chopra and Catherine Wood, head of International Art at the Tate. Chopra is an entertaining and lively talker, and described ‘Rouge’ as an act of siting himself within an illusory English landscape. He and I have common ground in our interest in studio photography, those strange sepia mimic worlds inhabited by stony-faced posers that mark the Westernisation of Indian dress and ways from 1850s.


!!! Next CritClub will be a visit on Friday January 10th at 13.00 to the innovative Norwich gallery Josey  on to see the exhibition by  Peter wachtler Peter Wächtler
14/12/19 – 25/01/20 .



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International artist Nihkil Chopra performs ‘Rouge” at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge Yard
Crit Club 6

For our next #CritClub we are travelling to Cambridge on Tuesday December 3rd to visit the exhibition ‘Homelands’ and to watch a live performance by the internationally acclaimed artist Nihkil Chopra.There is also talk in the evening between Chopra and Tate curator Catherine Woods.

Please visit the Kettle’s Yard website if you want to book a ticket for the talk in the evening.

Arrangements:  As CritClub is a drop-in event, there are no plans to travel together.  We will make our own ways to Cambridge and meet in the gallery at 2.30, and hold an on-line discussion on @theartpractitioner Facebook page after the event.

Performance: Nikhil Chopra 3–6pm Artist Nikhil Chopra will perform Rouge, a durational live action drawing. FREE, come along

In conversation: Nikhil Chopra with Catherine Wood 7–8.15pm

Join Catherine Wood, Senior Curator, International Art (Performance), Tate Modern, in conversation with artist Nikhil Chopra.

£5 (free for concessions), booking recommended

Co-organised with Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor


Homelands: Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

Nikhil Chopra 2019–2020 Artist in Residence at The Met



The Art Practitioner’s CritClub is a free monthly lunchtime hour of art criticism, held on site at independent venues around Norwich. It is open to anyone who would like to take part in honest critical conversation about any and all aspects of contemporary art. Led by TAP’s Stephanie Douet, together we explore the art scene of Norwich, seeking out exhibitions that manifest the flourishing artistic life of the city.

Each CritClub session is open, unmoderated and unregulated, beginning with a long look what we see before us – prior research of the work is discouraged! All aspects of the art are looked at, from the aesthetic, the abstract, the philosophical to the technical and the practical. The aim is to develop our critical skills, exchange ideas, and opinions, meet up and enjoy ourselves!

Past CritClubs

June: ‘Helen Keller Holding a Magnolia’ by Simon Davenport and Cerith Wynn Evans, at ‘Josey’, Willow Lane, Norwich

August: ‘Siblabela’ by Mira Calix at St. Peter Hungate, Norwich

September: ‘Outpost Members’ Show’ selected by Jessica Warboys, Outpost gallery, Norwich

October: ‘Work from Merzbarn Residency’ by TBA Artists’ Collective, Nunn’s yard, Norwich

November: ‘Greenheart’, Anna Townley, Outpost gallery, Norwich

Follow #CritClub on Instagram and Facebook to join in the conversation and see what’s on.