Curatorial Summer School:
“Curating the Contemporary”

Curatorial Summer School:
“Curating the Contemporary”

Goldsmiths, University of London

Courtesy of The British School at Rome.
March 25, 2016
Curatorial Summer School: “Curating the Contemporary”

June 28–July 11, 2016

British School at Rome
Via Antonio Gramsci, 61

Goldsmiths Department of Art and the British School at Rome (BSR) are pleased to announce the upcoming Curatorial Summer School: “Curating the Contemporary.”

The summer school is aimed at people who are interested in the professional field of curating and takes place on June 28 through July 11 at the prestigious British School at Rome. We are looking for entrants from a mix of backgrounds but particularly graduates and artists who are considering working in curating as well as established curators who want to think and talk about the challenges and opportunities that face curators in the contemporary moment.

The course will provide participants with an opportunity to engage intensively with the activity of curating contemporary art, one that produces exhibitions and events within an expanded field that includes commercial and public galleries, museums and foundations but also public spaces and social contexts.

The course will investigate various models of curating contemporary art, as well as in the expanded sense of the philosophical idea of the curatorial as it is currently discussed in the field.


Course programme
The summer school will be directed by Dr. Simon Sheikh who heads the world-leading MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths.

Over the course of the week, participants will have the opportunity to meet and learn from many of the leading curators and theorists of contemporary art and to be introduced to important professional networks within the field of contemporary curating.

The programme will use the rich artistic and cultural contexts of Rome in its curriculum, making visits to museums and galleries and public art projects. The British School of Rome offers a wonderful context in which to form an engaged community of inquiry and debate around the subject of curating. It has a research library, seminar rooms, a gallery and a lecture theatre and lovely gardens.



Tuesday, June 28:
Arrival, check-in. Joint dinner at BSR.

Wednesday, June 29:
Introduction to the school and BSR Seminars on Curating and Articulation (Simon Sheikh), Curating and the Political (Richard Noble), Working with Artists (David Batchelor). Evening lecture by Anna Castelli Guidi followed by reception.

Thursday, June 30:
Lecture on Curating as caretaking and political imagination (SS) + discussion. Lecture on Installation by Joseph Kosuth.

Friday, July 1:
Close Readings (on the contemporary) Research Assignments for students.

Saturday, July 2:
Site visit, Galleria Nationale d’Arte Moderna. Students working on assignments.

Sunday, July 3:
Sessions on Networks w/ Cesare Pietroiusti. Students finishing assignments.

Monday, July 4:
Guest speaker, Iwona Blazwick + tutorials w/ guest.

Tuesday, July 5:
Students working on assignments. Group session (led by GTT Nella Aarne and Simon Sheikh).

Wednesday, July 6:
Student presentations of previous projects.

Thursday, July 7:
Site visit, MAXXI. Lecture Bartolomeo Pietrimarchi.

Friday, July 8:
Mapping the contemporary, curating as intervention (SS). Public talk w/Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev at BSR.

Saturday, July 9:
Site visit, Nomos Foundation talk with Cecilia Canziani. Panel discussion on Art and its Publics, Lingwood, Renton.

Sunday, July 10:
Site visit, ESC Atelier. Dynamic Conclusions session (SS).

Monday, July 11:
Evaluation, departure.


The British School at Rome is just north of Rome’s Centro Storico (historic centre) in the Valle Giulia. This area, less than 10 minutes walk from Piazza del Popolo, is home to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna and the Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia.

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How to apply
The summer school will take place on Tuesday, June 28 through Monday, July 11. Please visit our website for more details.

The price of the course is 2500 GBP. This includes accommodation and meals at the BSR as well as membership to the school.

Places are limited. To apply, please email your CV and a short statement of interest (100–200 words) to [email protected].

Any questions about the summer school can be sent to [email protected].

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