Open Call: Summer School for Curatorial Studies at the 58th Venice Biennale

Open Call: Summer School for Curatorial Studies at the 58th Venice Biennale

School for Curatorial Studies Venice

Maramotti Collection. Courtesy Summer School in Curatorial Practice.

September 28, 2018
Open Call: Summer School for Curatorial Studies at the 58th Venice Biennale
June 4–September 3, 2019
Application deadline: March 15
School for Curatorial Studies Venice
San Marco
3073 Venice

T +39 041 277 0466

The School for Curatorial Studies is an ambitious and challenging project promoted since 2004 and conceived as a school committed to experimentation and interdisciplinary thinking. The main goals are to spread the knowledge in the field of visual arts and to introduce the students to the professions related to the art world, focusing on contemporary curatorial theory and practice and contemporary museology. The School’s activities are meant for all those interested and passionate in art, graduated students or professionals who want to deepen their knowledge and improve their practical skills. The School’s teaching staff is formed by Italian and international professionals, scholars, historians and art critics of recognized experience. Among them: Amy Binding (Indipendent collectors), Matt Williams (curator), Luca Racchini (Venice Biennale), Chiara Barbieri (Peggy Guggenheim Collection), Louise McKinney (Serpentine, Whitechappel and Lisson gallery) Francesca Colasante (Pinault Foundation), Andrea Goffo (Found. Prada), Nicola Lees (Serpentine London).

The Summer School in Curatorial Practice will take place during the 58th International Art Biennale Venice. With an interdisciplinary approach, the course provides practical training and experience within museums and exhibition settings. Its international faculty includes curators and museum professionals, artists, critics and collectors. The course is designed to increase students understanding of the intellectual and technical tasks of the curator figure. English-taught lectures cover both theoretical and practical topics that go from the history of contemporary visual arts and practices of exhibition-making, to Exhibition Management. The students will participate in weekly activities, such as artist studio visits, tours of exhibition spaces, networking events and workshops. The program culminates with the set up of the exhibition.

The Summer School includes visits of specific art venues all over the city of Venice during the 58th International Art Venice Biennale. A series of selected case studies will offer the students an opportunity to observe the development of contemporary art. The School’s goal is to align these specific theoretical lectures with a practical approach. Besides the theoretical lectures, a series of laboratories and workshops aims to introduce the students to the work of critical text writing, press releases and to structure all the different aspects of publishing. The students will be offered the possibility of a gallery training and of setting up together—with one of our tutors, their exhibition in Venice, as a final project of the master.

June 4–August 2, 2019
First module
The first module involves 350 contact hours: History of Curatorial Practices; Exhibition Design; Aesthetics and Cultural Theory; Contemporary Art History; Cultural Events Management and Organization; Curating Exhibitions; Fine Arts Management; Fundraising and Marketing/Workshop; Communication Strategies and Artistic Events Promotion/Workshop; New Media and Digital Technologies; Workshop on Critical Writing; Artist studio visits and visits to the 58th Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia), Pinault Fond., Prada Fond., Peggy Guggenheim coll., VAC Fond., Vuitton Fond.

August 5–11, 2019
Optional: Trip to Brusells 
The program is very intensive, Brusells is an art city and is offering many opportunities:private galleries and collections. We will visit artist studios, public galleries and Museums of contemporary art.

August 13–24, 2019
The second module
The second module is dedicated to individual researching and finalizing the final project. During this period of time the students will have to face practical duties, such as coordinating the artists, managing transportation and insurance policies, promoting and curating the promotional material. 

August 27–September 3 2019
The third module
The last part of the course lies in the production of the event. During this period of time all the work concerning the final event will take place. The students will coordinate the arrival and the display of the works of art and supervise all the different aspects related to the event, such as promotion, organization, last details about the publication, opening. After the presentation to the public, the student will be given the tools to professionally document the event.

Duration and structure 
The course has a duration of 450 hours. The participants will develop themes as well as concepts, organization, acquisition, communication and the concrete implementation of their skills together with the course director and international guests (artists, curators, architects, critics, fine arts scientists and publishers of art journals).

The application form must be sent by e-mail before the deadline (March 15, 2019) of the Curatorial Program.

The application form can be downloaded at, where you can find more information about our curatorial program and your stay in Venice. For more information:info [​at​] and download the Brochure

Partners: Independent Collectors / We Exhibit

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