‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.’ Scott Adams

This year’s IB Art Exhibition presented a new challenge for students. The requirements for the exam have changed, the date has moved and the focus is now on curatorial practice.

What is curatorial practice? What does a curator do? Typically, a curator is responsible for creating interest in the work displayed. A curator knows the artist and knows the audience. They help create a narrative so that whoever sees the pieces is guided by how they are presented.

The students had to curate their own work. They had to select which pieces to bring in, which to leave out. In some cases, this was a really painful process. In others, it was a relief; mistakes could be left out. But for all the students it meant revisiting their own creative process, looking at their production with new eyes and defending their choices.

Space had to be taken into account and each student had the opportunity to design their stall. And what is more, this curatorial exercise began a conversation about art, about what these last two years had meant to them and the exhibition was no longer a static display of the best work but a vibrant conversation about individuality and expression.

Parents and families enjoyed a relaxed vernissage and talked to the artists themselves. Many witnessed the honesty behind these interactions and silently listened to engaged teenagers speak about their deepest concerns. It was a truly joyful event.
Many thanks to everybody involved: school authorities, maintenance team and families.

Paula Barberis
Head of Art - Secondary