Seminar: Collecting Performance

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, 'Home Made Tasers' (installation view) at the New Museum, New York, 2011-2012. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, 'Home Made Tasers' (installation view) at the New Museum, New York, 2011-2012. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

30 January 2019


The Gallery, De Montfort University
Mill Lane
Leicester, LE2 7PT

Sackler CPD Programme members: free
Art Fund Curators’ Art Pass holders: free

£10 for non-members. Coffee and lunch included

Collecting Performance is a collaborative seminar run through the Contemporary Art Society’s Subject Specialist Network for Contemporary Art, in partnership with Art Fund and The Gallery. The purpose of the event is to: reassess the status of collecting performance in museums today; examine a range of case studies and share models of best practice; bring together curators working in public collections to better understand the appetite for collecting performance across the UK; as well as the potential challenges in collecting ephemeral practice.

In 2014, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery in Leicester acquired their first performance work – Homemade Tasers by Monster Chetwynd, supported jointly by Art Fund and the Contemporary Art Society. This was the first time one of Chetwynd’s performances had been acquired for a public collection in the UK.  Five years later, the Art Fund and the Contemporary Art Society have planned a day of discussions and workshops led by artists, curators and international scholars. We will look at current collecting practices and identify those museums interested in acquiring performance works for their collections. Confirmed speakers include artists Janice Kerbel and Paul Maheke; Dr. Sabine Breitwieser and curators from the CAS and the Art Fund networks.



12.00- 12.05: Welcome and presentation of the day by Rob Dingle from the Art Fund, and Ilaria Puri Purini from the Contemporary Art Society.

12.05 – 12. 30: Key Note by Dr. Sabine Breitwieser:Collecting Performance Internationally”.

12.30 – 13.00: “New Spaces of Performance”. Artist Janice Kerbel will speak about Sink (2018), a performance for synchronised swimmers.

13.00 – 14.30: Lunch and Visit to the Poetry and Fluxus Collection. The performance The Inept Five by Annika Ström will be shown at 14.00

14.30 – 14.50: Artist Paul Maheke will talk about his performance Seeking After the Fully Grown Dancer (2016).

14.50 – 15. 35: “Collecting and Preserving performance”, with Dr. Lucy Bayley, Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Reshaping the Collectable), Tate.

15.40 – 16.00: “Collecting Performance in the UK”. A discussion on three acquisitions with the curators from the museums:

Monster Chetwynd, Homemade Tasers (2014) for the New Walk Art Gallery in Leicester; Ragnar Kjartansson, The Sky in a Room (2015) for the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales in Cardiff; Paul Maheke, Seeking After the Fully Grown Dancer (2016) for the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

16.00 – 16.30: Discussion and Final Remarks.


Travel Bursaries are available for Museum Members, please apply by 11 January 2019. To apply and download the Contemporary Art Society Travel Bursary Form (.docx) click here

To book a place as a Sackler CPD Programme Member, Curators’ Art Pass holder and/or apply for a bursary please email

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