Training Program

Summer Course in Curatorial Practice

06 Jun 2023 - 01 Sep 2023


06 Jun 2023 - 01 Sep 2023

Register Date

18 Mar 2023 - 09 Apr 2023

A catalyst of contemporary artistic innovation and a place where emerging talents’ ideas become reality

Language: English

In partnership with the School for Curatorial Studies in Venice, Misk Art Institute is giving two early career curators the opportunity to participate in the Summer Course in Curatorial Practice, a course that is truly in a class of its own.

This three-month full-time course at The School for Curatorial Studies is the only one of its kind in Italy and has as its objective the diffusion of knowledge of visual arts and the introduction of professionals into the field of contemporary art and the valorization of artistic heritage. Taking place in Venice, Italy, the program addresses the specifications and requirements for curators in an international city known for the Venice Biennale of contemporary art and the Venice Biennale of architecture. 

The intensive course is divided in three modules, held by different professional figures as well as a trip tp an art city. It also uses site visits and case studies to unpack the artistic discourse that surrounds the International Biennales and the cultural organization across the city of Venice. The course gives participants the opportunity to: 

  • Visit artist studios and specific art venues, while imparting the skills required to monitor the development of contemporary arts

  • Track the trends of presenting art

  • Engage in theoretical discourse 

  • Unpack the continuous development of art practices

Participants will develop themes as well as develop concepts and acquire knowledge about 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). There is the possibility to put into practice knowledge acquired through the organization of a final exhibit with the logistic and organizational support of the School. 

At the end of the course the participants receive a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Curatorial Practices. 

Who’s it for?
The School’s activities are intended for all those interested in and passionate about art, graduate students or professionals who want to deepen their knowledge and improve their practical curatorial skills.

Preferably those with a study background 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.

What We Provide

  • Roundtrip flight to Venice

  • Visas for Italy

  • Accommodation (as set by residency partner)

  • Expert mentorship

  • Masterclass/Lectures/Workshops

  • Networking opportunities

  • Per diem 

Useful Information

First Module 
June 6 - August 7, 2023 

The first module will cover the history of the art exhibitions, exhibition design and display, and exhibition management. The program will consider how the specific forms of exhibition and curating practices have evolved; how exhibitions engender forms of spectatorship, reception, and transmission; and how exhibitions and curators participate in the development of various theoretical art-historical and sociopolitical contexts. 

Topics covered include:
•    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 
•    Critical writing 
•    Artist studio visits and visits of the International Biennale Venice/Prada Found./Pinault Found./VAC Found 

Trip to a European Art Capital
August 10 – 14, 2023

A trip to an art city with opportunities to visit private galleries, collections, artist studios, public galleries, and museums of contemporary art. 

Second Module 
August 17 – 24, 2023 

The second module is dedicated to individual research and finalizing the final project. During this period participants will have to face practical duties, such as coordinating with artists, managing transportation and insurance policies, promoting, and curating the promotional material. 

Third Module 
August 25 – September 1, 2023 

The last module of the course lies in the production and execution of the final project. Participants will coordinate the arrival and the display of artworks and supervise all the different aspects related to the event, such as promotional material, organization, last-minute details about the publication and opening. After presenting to the public, participants will be given the tools to professionally document the event. 

Note: Before the actual start of the course in Venice, the School will organize a series of online lectures introducing some of the key subjects discussed during the curatorial program and about the final project. During this two-hour online meeting, participants will be provided with specific texts and readings to be done before joining the course in Venice.  
At the end of the course the students receive a Certificate of advanced studies in curatorial practices.