Curating the Contemporary Summer School in Rome

Curating the Contemporary Summer School in Rome

Goldsmiths, University of London

Courtesy of Goldsmiths, University of London.

April 1, 2019
Curating the Contemporary Summer School in Rome
July 1–15, 2019
British School at Rome
Via Gramsci 61
00197 Rome
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Curating the Contemporary Summer School, run by Goldsmiths, University of London, at the British School at Rome (BSR).

Over a 2-week period in Rome, Dr.Simon Sheikh, director of the world-leading MFA in Curating course at Goldsmiths, University of London, will gather together leading practitioners and theorists of contemporary art to address the most important ideas within the field of contemporary curating and to share their professional networks. 

To join them, please send your CV and a short statement of interest (100–200 words) to with the subject title of the email: 2019 Curatorial Summer School.  Please visit our website for more details.

With an emphasis on collaborative, situated and practice-based learning, this is what you can expect over the 2 weeks (below is the 2017 schedule, indicative of the 2019 schedule, which will be finalised in may 2019)

Week 1

Monday, July 1
Arrival, check-in at British School of Rome
4pm: Welcome meeting
6pm: Drinks reception

Tuesday, July 2
10am: Introduction to the Summer School with Simon Sheikh
3pm: Seminar on The Museum, legacies, hauntologies and prospects with Simon Sheikh

Wednesday, July 3
10am: Close Readings, on the museum with Simon Sheikh and Nathalie Boobis
2pm: Site visit, Galleria Nationale d’Arte Moderna + Assignment
3pm: Assignment
4pm: Cecilia Canzani, independent curating in Italy

Thursday, July 4
11am: Site visit, MACRO
3pm: Richard Noble, Art and politics

Friday, July 5
11am: Iwona Blazwick, Ways of Curating

Saturday, July 6
10am: Question of the day, Work on Assignments
2pm: Melanie Bouteloup, Curating and the Contemporary

Sunday, July 7
10am: Mike Watson, Curating in Rome
3pm: Ilaria Gianni, Curator Nomos Foundation

Week 2

Monday, July 8
10pm: Close Readings, on the contemporary with Simon Sheikh and Nathalie Boobis
2pm: Tirdad Zolghadr, Escaping the Contemporary

Tuesday, July 9
11am: Gallery Tour, Mike Watson
6pm: ESC Atelier, Presentation, Paolo Do

Wednesday, July 10
11am: Site visit, MAXXI
2pm: Ele Carpenter, Curating and Research

Thursday, July 11
10am: Seminar with Sarah McCrory, the contemporary gallery
2pm: Presentation of Assignments

Friday, July 12
10am: workshop with Nathalie Boobis
2pm: Beatrix Ruf, Curating and the Museum

Saturday, July 13

Sunday, July 14
10am: Close Reading, The Postcolonial Constellation
12am: Curation and Futurity, Simon Sheikh
2pm: Dynamic Conclusions

Monday, July 15
Evaluation and Departure

The British School at Rome is just north of Rome’s Centro Storico (historic centre) in the Valle Giulia the perfect setting to take advantage of the full palette of possibilities, including commercial and public galleries, museums, foundations, public spaces and social contexts.  This area, less than ten minutes walk from Piazza del Popolo, is home to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna and the Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia.

Through lectures, presentations, site visits, assignments and discussions, you will work on formulating how you place and see yourself as curator, and what this means in terms of productivity and articulation, but also care-taking and collaborations.

Some of our past speakers include: Jochen Becker, Iwona Blazwick, Melanie Bouteloup, Cecilia Canzani, Ele Carpenter, Paolo Do, Ilaria Gianni, Carles Guerra, Hou Hanru, Maria Hlavajova, Sarah McCrory, Richard Noble, Cesare Pietrouisti, Helena Reckitt, Beatrix Ruf, Katya Sander, and Adrian Searle.

Any questions about the summer school can be sent to

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