Curators seminar in Aveiro

Curators seminar in Aveiro

What is to curate an exhibition? Presenting the past, narrating the present.

29-31 October


This seminar will explore the relationship between history of art and curating, as well as the narrative production involved in curating. It will focus on contemporary exhibitions on twentieth century art. It will address the following issues:

  • Curating in a centre-periphery dynamics: peripheral artistic practices, curating and history production
  • The role of curating regarding pre-defined artistic canons or hierarchies of artistic practices
  • Market, politics and social dynamics: curating as practice of interference
  • Art history's changing practices and curatorial practices
  • The role of the museum in rethinking the museum and its narratives
  • Changing ways of seeing, changing ways of thinking - balancing communication, placing doubt, displaying as narrative production

The seminar will consist in exposing sessions and case-study sessions, including the discussion of essays, a visit to an exhibition to be discussed in class and the participation of a visiting independent curator.


DIRECTOR. Mariana Pinto dos Santos

Mariana Pinto dos Santos is an art historian, with a PhD in History and Theory from the Facultat de Belles Arts - Universitat de Barcelona. Integrated researcher at the Art History Institute in Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Faculty of Humanities) and invited teacher at the Art History Department.

Author of the book Vanguarda & Outras Loas, Lisboa: Assírio & Alvim (2007), the catalogue Outra Vez Não: Eduardo Batarda (Serralves 2011) and several essays and chapters published in magazines, books or catalogues, about XXth century artists as well as modernity and modernisms, historiography of art and theory of art. She co-edits the literary work of the modernist artist and writer José de Almada Negreiros and has curated the retrospective exhibition in the Gulbenkian Foundation José de Almada Negreiros: a way of being modern (3 February-5 June 2017) as well as two spin-off exhibitions: José de Almada Negreiros: drawing in motion (29 November 2017- 31 March 2018, Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis) and Modern Women in the work of José de Almada Negreiros (7 July-14 October 2018, Museu Municipal de Tavira, Palácio da Galeria). She is the co-IR of the funded research project Iberian Modernisms and the Primitivist Imaginary (AAC nº 02/SAICT/2017 – 029837).


VENUE. Centro de Congressos de Aveiro, Pequeno Auditório

Located in the city center, in front of the Fonte Nova canal, the Congress Center of Aveiro is housed in the former Jeronymo Pereira Campos factory. Dating back from 1916, the building has been for decades a construction ceramics factory [bricks, pipes and roof tiles] belonging to the Pereira Campos Family which founded the company in 1896. From the original building remain the façade, the chimney and one kiln.

Since 1995 is the congress center, the most relevant in the region, and a professional training center.  Also houses the larger part of the Municipality’ services.



  • The seminar is open to local curators and artists – born or resident- in any of the cities taking part in “CreArt. Network of Cities for Artistic Creation”:  Aveiro [PT], Clermont Ferrand and Rouen [FR], Genoa and Lecce [IT], Kaunas [LT], Katowice and Lublin [PL], Liverpool [UK], Skopje [MK], Valladolid [ES], Zagreb [HR].
  • Curators and artists should have a degree in Arts, Curating or related areas or at least one year work experience in a museum/galley environment.



  • Organization covers the travel expenses [up to 600 €] and accommodation, except for the participants from Aveiro.
  • Organization offers subsistence [meals] to all participants during the workshop [29th to 31th October]
  • Participants should bring with them a laptop or notebook
  • Participants should attend all sessions of the seminar



The on-line Application form must be submitted online before 16th September 2018:

The following documents are required:

• Name, address, telephone number and email address

• Scanned copy of identity card or passport

• Curriculum vitae 

• Reasons for taking part in the seminar [Max. one A4]