The Curator's Handbook Museums, Commercial Galleries, Independent Spaces

Adrian George

An updated edition of this essential practical handbook for all those involved in or studying the dynamic field of curating.

From pitching your ideas and writing loan requests to working with artists, lenders, and art handlers; from writing interpretation material to installing and promoting your exhibition, The Curator's Handbook is the most clear and complete guide yet to the art and practice of curating.

An introduction maps the history of curating from its origins in the seventeenth century to the multifarious roles of the curator today: tastemaker, custodian, interpreter, educator, facilitator, and organizer. Adrian George then guides the reader, across thirteen chapters, through the process of curating an exhibition. Each step is described in valuable detail and clear, informative language by this experienced curator, whose text pinpoints the keys to success (as well as which pitfalls to avoid).

With advice and tips from a renowned cast of international museum directors and curators—including Daniel Birnbaum, Aric Chen, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jennifer Russell, and Nicholas Serota—this new edition, updated to reflect on current concerns in the art world and the latest recommended best practices, is the essential handbook for all students, museum, and gallery professionals, and established or aspiring curators.


A resource that should be on the shelf of any curator working in a museum in the 21st century.

— Library Journal


Adrian George


Adrian George is a curator, commissioner, writer, and educator with over twenty-three years' experience working in some of the most influential art institutions in the world, including the New Museum, New York; Tate Modern; Tate Liverpool; and the UK Government Art Collection. He is currently director of programmes, exhibitions and museum services at ArtScience Museum, Singapore.