Happening photo by Graham Smillie

Exhibition Studies

Exhibition Studies is a taught postgraduate degree that explores what constitutes an exhibition in the 21st century. Through attending to pressing contemporary issues such as institutional critique and intersectional practice, as well as exhibition histories from 1850 onwards, our students develop high quality individual research projects. The curriculum encourages both theoretical investigation and practical understandings of exhibition making.

The programme is part of the activity of Exhibition Research Lab, an academic centre and public venue dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of exhibitions and curatorial knowledge. The ERL is uniquely positioned across academic research and the cultural ecology of Liverpool, underpinned by partnerships with cultural institutions in the city including Tate Liverpool, John Moores Painting Prize, and Liverpool Biennial.

Image shows the happening responding to the exhibition ‘The John Moores Painting Prize and the Rise of the Sixties’ at the ERL, organised by Exhibition Studies student Adi Lerer, March 2019, photograph Graham Smillie.