Subject: CX4 - Context & Culture 4

Course: Diploma of Visual Art (21885VIC)


Unit of Competency: VPAU014 - Manage creative and professional self
School of IT & Creative Industries, Faculty of Workforce Development, Victoria University

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci | email:
Course Coordinator & Education Manager: Alan Morgans | email:

Class Website -


Class 8 - Curating a virtual exhibition

Class Activity - Group project

Developing the virtual exhibition concept and content. Getting all the content and promotional content ready.

Review the content and theme of the virtual exhibition. What additional material is required to launch it, promote it etc?


Editing Images in Photoshop

Often if you take digital photographs of your 2D artworks, you may need to edit the images in Photoshop to crop, rotate, and adjust your images to make them suitable for publication/exhibition. try to make sure the images you capture of your work don't have a direct light source close to them as you may get a reflection or a lighter spot in your image. Try to get the artwork as square as possible to the camera frame. If it's not perfect, you can tweak the image with Photoshop.

Here are some tips that you might want to use for your images:

1. use the Marquee tool (second from the top in the toolbar) to select a rectangular area that most closely hugs the painting/print/drawing etc. There may still be some background showing if the rectangular area of your artwork is not square but you can fix this later.

2. select the menu item Image -> Crop to remove the extraneous background. You may also need to use Image -> Rotate Canvas to turn the image the right way up.

3. go to Select -> All so that the image has the dotted marquee line around it. Then go to Edit -> Transform -> Distort which allows you to pull the corners of the image so that you can make your artwork square within the image area. You may find that you may need to repeat the Image -> Crop step if your image is squared off but still showing some background.

4. If you feel you need to tweak the tone/contrast/colour, you can try some options from the Image menu - try the Auto options first for Tone/Contrast/Colour, you can always Edit -> Undo your steps if you don't like the results.

5. Save the image as a JPG image format, make sure the resolution is 72 dpi (pixels per inch), and that the image is not too big - a good estimated size for web publication would be no bigger than about 1200 pixels (width or height). You can save the image as high quality as the VAS software will most likely recompress the file when it imports it.





Details for the Virtual Art Space website account

I have set up an account that everyone can use for this project. the details are as follows:


username: CX4

password: vacx42012

Unfortunately the "Artist Profile" options are geared towards a single artist exhibition, but I have tried to bypass this by calling the account "Various Artists". If you want to come up with a collective name for this profile, you can change it as a group.

As yet no exhibitions have been set up. Once you have a title, you can create an exhibition and start working with the gallery space. You will need a thumbnail image to represent the entire exhibition, and you can write a short description of the exhibition too.

Explore the VAS website to see what content you can add/edit and the instructions for uploading images and video to the gallery.


Homework / Readings

Your homework will be to add some content to you blog - a couple of posts, some images perhaps...

Also, continue working on your exhibition with the group - you need to be developing the content and thinking of promotional methods.




Curatorial Toolkit (Canadian) - PDF file

Curating a show in 10 easy steps

Assistant Curator -Jobs in the Arts

Package Yourself -

Luis Jacob on Documenta 12 curating (MP4 video file)

Documenta 13 website (currently happening), curated by Carolyn Christov Bakargiev

Sydney Biennale

Virtual Art Space