CURAE / Online Contemporary Curatorial Practice Masterclass - PhMuseum


Online Contemporary Curatorial Practice Masterclass

From May
to January 2023


11 seats
+1 scholarship


  • Regular Fee


  • Deadline

    3 April


Conceive Contemporary Exhibitions

Designed for authors, emerging curators, and gallerists, Curae is the new PhMuseum Online Masterclass focused on surveying the relevant aspects surrounding the planning, curation, logistics and commercial variables within the realm of contemporary exhibitions and gallery/artist relations.

Under the guidance of Niccolò Fano, founder and director of Matèria gallery in Rome, participants will work on the development of a personal curatorial concept and receive the tools to structure a coherent exhibition proposal. Through this Masterclass you will obtain a comprehensive understanding of exhibition design practices, research processes, archival standards, legal and bureaucratic frameworks and finalization requirements tied to the production of a solo/group exhibition.

At the end of the program, Niccolò Fano will select one or more participants to collaborate on the curation of a project centered around the dialogue between digital art, traditional mediums, physical space and the (decentralised) metaverse. To participate, simply fill in the form with your personal details, share a link to your portfolio and apply for free. If your application is successful, we will guide you to enroll in the program.

How it works

  • Group

    During 10 online group lessons, Niccolò Fano will share theoretical and practical guidance on contemporary curatorial practice. These will give participants all the necessary tools to research, produce and promote an art event. According to their role, participants will also carry on a tailored assignment which will be discussed in dedicated group sessions and individual tutorials.

  • One-to-one

    The 2 online 60-min individual sessions will give you time to engage in specific discussions aimed at working on your assignment ideas and improving your methods. Sessions are tailor-made according to your specific needs and that of your practice.

  • Studio Visits and Panel Discussion

    To grant you industry insight and offer complementary information, we have invited expert practitioners to host 5 interactive studio visits. They will disclose the methodologies behind their work and offer a better understanding of their role in the industry. The program will also host a 2h panel discussion on a specific subject. More info soon.

  • Digital Curatorial Residency

    Selected participant(s) will be invited to collaborate on a digital curatorial residency at Matèria’s digital HQ on Decentraland. All participants will further benefit from dissemination opportunities through PhMuseum channels.

Head Professor

Niccolò Fano is the Founder and Director of Matèria. Based in the neighbourhood of San Lorenzo in Rome since 2015, the gallery proposes an exhibition programme that touches upon all aspects of Contemporary Art, with a particular focus on the role and use of the photographic medium. Combining academic seminars with groups and individual tutorials, Niccolò Fano will share his expertise and methods, deriving from his academic studies and years of practical experiences. Moreover, selected participant(s) will have the opportunity to collaborate on the development and curation of a project centered around the dialogue between digital art, traditional mediums, physical space and the (decentralised) metaverse. An opportunity to work with an acclaimed professional and present your research in a digital public venue.

Studio visits

In CURAE you will be granted unique access to the studios of recognized practitioners in the form of virtual interactive studio tours. A way to enrich your experience and learn relevant insights from other artists. Each studio visit includes a presentation by an invited artist followed by an informal Q&A session.


Why participate?

  • Acquire practical skills

    This program grants you first-hand experience from an internationally renowned curator and gallerist like Niccolò Fano, enhancing your theoretical and practical approach to curating.

  • Present your research on the metaverse

    At the end of the masterclass, one or more participants will have the opportunity to develop a curatorial residency at Matèria’s digital HQ on Decentraland.

  • Expand your network

    Engage with a selected group of peers and professionals from around the world, who can become a resource for you in the future while taking advantage of PhMuseum channels.

  • Flexible program

    Get enrolled from anywhere taking the opportunity to engage in a program that will always be available to you. Plus, you have the chance to learn from home while working or studying.

  • Competitive price

    Enjoy a high-end program at our launching price, one of the most competitive on the market. If you don’t have the resources, you can also apply for 1 fully-funded scholarship.

How to Enroll

Just click on apply now and send us your portfolio and motivational letter. All the applications will be reviewed by PhMuseum’s Team. What we will consider is the potential of your vision, the strength of your ideas and the coherence of your portfolio. If your application is successful, you will then be able to enroll in the program.

Participation Fee

10 March - If you apply by this date you can be eligible for the full scholarship. Please take care of sending a motivational paragraph that addresses why you would benefit from attending the program.

20 March - If you apply by this date you can be eligible for the Early Bird Fee of €1,600. All applications submitted for the scholarship will be automatically eligible for the Early Bird Fee.

3 April - If you apply by this date you can join the program by paying the Regular Fee of €1,850. The seats are limited, so we recommend you do not wait until the last day.

Please note, in case you will be offered a place, PhMuseum will be happy to provide you with a supporting letter when you try to secure any external funding opportunities. For example, in previous editions of our masterclasses, the fee of candidates has been fully funded thanks to the generous support of IWMF Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists or other national programs.

Technical details

All the online classes are held on Zoom. We will grant you a specific link each time and you will need to connect at least 15 minutes before. To attend them you will need a Mac OS X 10.11 or higher or Windows 7 or higher.* Plus, a stable internet connection, a quiet environment and access to Google Drive.

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