The Language of Contemporary Art by Melanie Pocock and Bala Starr

25 September 2021

Zoom & On-site Venue TBC


    Camille Henrot, Office of unreplied emails, 2016-17, digital prints on silicone, wooden racks, rubber floor covering. Image courtesy of LASALLE College of the Arts.

    Interested to develop confidence in speaking about and engaging deeply with contemporary art and exhibitions? This full-day course will explore art as a source of meaning. Activities based on group discussions will focus on vocabulary, ideas and context.

    Your Destination:
    Express your views with clarity and confidence. Be equipped to engage in enriching conversations about the meaning of contemporary art and its role in society.

    S$800 for the full day course. S$3000 for an all access pass to all our future programmes and advanced courses. 50% of your ticket will always be donated to an arts non-profit.

    The price includes a set lunch and drinks.

    Every attendee of our courses are entitled to a free consultation with our team on starting or developing a collection.

    Melanie Pocock
    Melanie Pocock is Curator of Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK. Together with Director Jonathan Watkins, she is responsible for the gallery’s artistic programme of exhibitions, commissions and publications. Prior to joining Ikon, Melanie was the Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2014–19). A member of the International Association of Art Critics, her writing has been published in international publications and media including ArtAsiaPacific, Art Monthly, Frieze, Ocula, Journal of Curatorial Studies and The Financial Times. As an educator, she has delivered various lectures and courses on contemporary art. Melanie has more than 10 years’ professional experience in Europe and Asia.

    Bala Starr
    Bala Starr has more than two decades’ leadership experience in the contemporary arts. She is currently Director of La Trobe Art Institute, La Trobe University’s public-facing hub of arts practices, engagement and collections. Until late 2019, she was Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, where for six years she steered multidisciplinary contemporary art programs by engaging international, academic and private partnerships. Bala previously served as Senior Curator at the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art, and held executive positions at the Melbourne International Biennial and two Australian contemporary art spaces. She regularly develops curatorial workshops and forums and contributes to public programs, symposiums and advisory panels.