Course during 56th International Art Biennale of Venice
Deadline: March, 31th 2015.
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: Agnes Kohlmeyer (curator), Angela Vettese (art critic), Luca Massimo Barbero (Peggy Guggenheim Collection), Francesca Colasante (Foundation Pinault), Andrea Goffo (Found. Prada), Tommaso Speretta (Found. Cini)
The Summer School in Curatorial Practice will take place during the 56th International Art Biennale of 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 and critics. 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 and the publication of a printed catalogue.
The Summer School includes visits of specific art venues all over the city of Venice during the 56th International Art 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 own exhibition in Venice, as a final project of the course.
Course schedule: 8th June – 8th August 2015
1 module: June 8 – August 8, 2015
2 module: August 19 – September 21, 2015
3 module: September 24 – 30, 2015
The first module:
The first module involves 350 contact hours:
1. History of Curatorial Practices
2. Exhibition Design
3. Aesthetics and Cultural Theory
4. Contemporary Art History
5. Cultural Events Management and Organization
6. Curating Exhibitions
7. Fine Arts Management.
8. Fundraising and Marketing / Workshop
9. Communication Strategies and Artistic Events Promotion / Workshop
10. New Media and Digital Technologies
11. Workshop on Critical Writing
12. Artist Studio Visits and Visits of the 56th International Art Biennale
The second module:
The second module is dedicated to researching and structuring the final project. The work will be discussed with the curators and project managers during several meetings hold once and twice a week. The weekly overhauls are moments of confrontation and examination of the theoretical and practical work produced by the students through autonomous research. 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 final publication.
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. Lectures will be held from Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 1.30pm and from 02.30pm to 05.30pm. Theoretical lectures will be held in the mornings. In the afternoon students will attend seminars, workshops, guided tours to museums and the Art Biennale, artist studios and exhibitions which animate the rich cultural life of Venice. 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).
Starting date and duration:
Living in Venice:
· Accommodation and living expenses are not provided by our school. But we give you a support in finding apartments and rooms in Venice.
How to Apply:
Application deadline: March, 31th 2015.
We would like to remind you that our program is designed for people with some experience in any of the following areas of contemporary art: curatorial studies, theory and philosophy of art, art history, art management and art production, visual arts, fine arts, arts and new media, architecture, interior architecture, photography, interior decoration, installation, design, theater, scenic design and music, as well as university graduates in the cultural studies field and literary studies. The program is also suitable for candidates who have acquired certain curatorial skills through practical experience.
To apply it is necessary to submit the application form together with a CV and a short resume explaining the reasons you are applying to the Course.
The application form must be sent by mail or e-mail before the deadline (March 31th 2015) of the Curatorial Program to:
Xac – School for Curatorial Studies
San Marco, 3073, 30124 Venice
Tel: +39 3477122456
In case the candidate’s application is accepted, the student will receive an e-mail with our official subscription form, in order to complete the subscription procedure.
The application form can be downloaded at http://www.corsocuratori.com/, where you can find more information about our curatorial program and your stay in Venice.
Tuition Language: English
- Dr. Sandro Pignotti, philosopher, author, Venice / Koeln
Director adviser: Jasa Mrevlje, artist/performer, Ljubljana/Venice/ New York
Dr. Sara Benetti – art historian/curator, Venice/UK
Application forms can be downloaded at: http://www.corsocuratori.com/
completed forms and the required documents to Stephanie Luna.