Transnationalizing Modern Languages at the BSR

The BSR is collaborating on a transformational AHRC Beacon project Transnationalizing Modern Languages, which is devising new approaches to fortify Modern Languages in response to decline in UK provision for the discipline. This project challenges the tradition of containing the study of modern languages within discrete national boundaries by investigating cultural exchange within communities and individuals across time and space.

In October, we hosted a three-day conference Transnational Italies: Mobility, Subjectivities and Modern Italian Cultures examining the mobility of Italian culture through patterns of emigration and immigration, and its interactions with other cultures across the globe.

In this video you can hear the opening talks by BSR Director Professor Christopher Smith, and conference organisers Professor Charles Burdett (Bristol), Professor Loredana Polezzi (Cardiff), and Dr Barbara Spadaro (Bristol).

See the TML website to hear further recordings from the conference including roundtable sessions and keynote lectures by Professor Ruth Ben Ghiat (New York) and Professor Dame Marina Warner (Birkbeck).

The conference was accompanied by a participatory exhibition BEYOND BORDERS. Transnational Italy (curated by Viviana Gravano and Giulia Grechi), displaying research processes and results. The BSR gallery was curated as a domestic environment, a metaphor for how language and culture offer us space to ‘inhabit’ our lives and our relations with others.

Later on in November, two of the organisers, Charles Burdett and Loredana Polezzi, gave a lecture at the British Academy exploring how a new focus on the web of interconnections between cultures is enriching our understanding of language and space.


For further information about Transnationalizing Modern Languages visit the project’s website:

Text by Tom True (Assistant Director)
Videos by Gianfranco Fortuna
Photos by Carolina Farina (Routes Agency)

The British School beyond Rome: finding Trajan in Benevento

amy-russellAmy Russell is Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at Durham, and is spending the autumn of 2016 as a Research Fellow of the British School at Rome as part of her AHRC-funded project Senatorial Monuments: a new approach to the social dynamics of ideology formation in the Roman empire. Here Amy tells us about ‘seeing [her] own sites through new eyes’ during a three-day research trip to Benevento with fellow BSR residents.

‘One of my favourite parts of spending time at the BSR, whether as a Research Fellow, award-holder or regular visitor, has always been the chance to immerse myself in other visitors’ research and practice. The interdisciplinary interaction we have every day over tea or dinner constantly opens my mind to new possibilities and new research directions. Often, one colleague’s site or gallery visit ends up becoming a group trip, and we get the chance to see something we never would have known to look for. And seeing my own sites through new eyes is even better!

A group of award-holders and I took this philosophy to the extreme this past week, as they agreed to come with me on a three-day research trip to Benevento. The core of the trip was the Arch of Trajan, which features in my current project on monuments built by the imperial Senate, but we added on visits to museums and churches in Naples, other sites in Benevento, and the Reggia di Caserta.


Our trip started and ended with Hercules: the two statues of the weary hero from the Baths of Caracalla, originally displayed next to each other, both entered the Farnese and then the Bourbon collections but were then separated, with the more famous of the two ending up in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale at Naples and the other at the foot of the great staircase at Caserta. A Monday conversation with Jana Schuster [Giles Worsley Rome Fellow] about how it might feel to come across the Naples example while walking naked through the baths was complemented by a debate on Wednesday about which one is better, and what the visual impact of seeing them both together might have been.


Arch of Trajan, Benevento

Arch of Trajan, Benevento. Photo by Arthur Westwell.

Detail of Arch of Trajan

Detail of Arch of Trajan, Benevento. Photo by Amy Russell.

In Benevento, all eyes were on the arch, a monument to Trajan’s reconstruction of the Via Appia. It was the road that gave Benevento its importance in the imperial period, as it brought countless travellers through on the way from Rome to Brundisium and the east. I counted senators until the light went and climbed up on bollards in undignified fashion (Arthur Westwell [Pilkington Rome Awardee], always dignified, helped) to check whether they were wearing appropriately senatorial shoes; Maria del Carmen Moreno Escobar, our Portus Project representative, was excited to find a representation of Trajan founding Portus – note the anchor.


Photo by Jana Schuster

This is not me climbing the arch, but a slightly more dignified scramble to give a sense of the lengths ancient historians will go to to investigate spolia… It wasn’t all ancient in Benevento. The town was a Lombard capital from the sixth to the eleventh centuries, enjoying (some of the time) a remarkably peaceful existence which has resulted in some fantastic surviving early mediaeval architecture.


Photo by Jana Schuster


Photo by Serena Alessi

Arthur and I might have exhausted the patience of less doughty companions with our transports of joy over the eccentric eighth-century Santa Sofia. Jana Schuster’s eye for building phases helped us reconstruct the fate of some of the vaulting, but the plan, which is part-radial, part-axial, and part star-shaped, gave us plenty to work with on imaginative reconstructions of Lombard liturgy and movement through the building. Meanwhile, modernist Stefano Bragato [Rome Awardee] was quietly gathering information, and impressed us later by calmly laying out the phasing of a late mediaeval wall we passed on the way to dinner.



Photo by Amy Russell

He and Serena Alessi [Rome Fellow] found something closer by a few centuries to their own research when we visited another of Benevento’s hidden secrets, a 1992 sculpture garden by the Italian artist Mimmo Paladino. As if he knew that our little interdisciplinary group was coming, Paladino based his garden on the mediaeval monastic concept of the hortus conclusus, a hidden sanctuary for thought and reflection.



Photo by Arthur Westwell


Photo by Serena Alessi

There was plenty more crammed into the three days, from the mixture of Egyptian and Roman faux-Egyptian sculpture from Domitian’s temple to Isis at Benevento to the glorious English Garden at Caserta, where guests get a peek at the bathing Aphrodite (just after being warned by a gory fountain sculpture of Diana and Actaeon that spying on goddesses rarely ends well). The trip left us tired but intellectually refreshed: I could say the same of the whole of my time here at the BSR’.



A week in the life of a BSR award-holder

Living in such a culturally and historically rich city as Rome means that a wealth of opportunities are on offer, and our award-holders and residents have been making the most of this! Numerous excursions, gallery tours and conferences are attended each week, and here we take a look at the ‘extra-curricular’ activities of a typical week at the BSR.

All of our residents were invited to the opening of the Japanese House exhibition at the MAXXI last Tuesday, which runs until late February 2017, after which it will move to the Barbican Centre and then on to the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. The exhibition featured a series of photographs and models exploring the development of postwar domestic architecture in Japan.


Opening of the ‘Japanese House’ exhibition. Photo credit: Jana Schuster


Opening of the ‘Japanese House’ exhibition. Photo credit: Jana Schuster


Back at the BSR: as part of the research for her AHRC Leadership Fellowship, Amy Russell, 2009-10 Ralegh Radford Rome Scholar and current BSR Research Fellow, gave a fantastic lecture on the imperial senate and the way in which it interacted with both the emperor and the city. Joining us from slightly further afield, yesterday evening’s guest speaker William Gudenrath (Corning Museum of Glass, New York) gave a talk on the history of glasswork and the glassblower from early Roman antiquity through to its ‘golden age’ in the Renaissance.


Amy Russell on ‘The imperial senate and the city of Rome’. Photo credit: Arthur Westwell


William Gudenrath discusses different glassblowing techniques. Photo credit: Stephen Kay

These lectures will soon be available to watch again on YouTube, and you can always find out more about our upcoming events on our website.

As always, both lectures were followed by a lively question-and-answer session, with the discussions continuing in the atrium for a rinfresco and cena speciale.


Discussion and rinfresco following a talk. Photo credit: Antonio Palmieri


BSR tiramisù ready for a cena speciale!

The great wealth of history and art in Rome means that our residents have the chance to demonstrate their expertise on a huge range of topics. Last Thursday, our current Henry Moore Foundation–BSR Fellow in Sculpture, Simon Barker, led a trip to Tarquinia to see the stunning Etruscan tombs. Simon enlightened the group with his extensive knowledge of the Etruscan period, and the artists gave their perspectives on the styles and techniques of the artefacts and tomb paintings.


Detail of one of the painted Etruscan tombs at Tarquinia


Wandering through the National Archaeological Museum of Tarquinia

Friday saw our award-holders take on stone carving for the first time. Led by sculptor Peter Barstow Rockwell, each person was given a slab of stone to work on and instructed on how to work the material. Everyone returned exhausted from the effort of the carving, but had a fantastic time in the process!


Photo credit: Jana Schuster


Photo credit: Jana Schuster


Photo credit: Jana Schuster

On Sunday 13 November 2016, Jacopo Benci (Senior Research Fellow in Modern Studies and Contemporary Visual Culture) organised and participated in an informal roundtable on women and artistic practice at  Centro Studi DARPS (Donne Arte Pensiero Società), where the five women artists currently in residence at the BSR (Kelly Best, Maria de Lima, Maria Farrar, Catherine Parsonage and Vivien Zhang) discussed with Marica Croce Caldarulo (director of DARPS), Serena Alessi (literary critic and women’s studies scholar; BSR Rome Fellow, Oct 2016-June 2017), Lucrezia Cippitelli (art critic; lecturer in Aesthetics, Florence Academy of Fine Arts; lecturer in Art Theories, University of Addis Ababa); Costanza Mazzonis (contemporary art consultant, Sotheby’s Italy), and Marina Micangeli Sanfelice (entrepreneur).


Enjoying some burrata at the DARPS event

One of the many perks of being a BSR resident is the access to sites that are usually closed to the public. Today marked a particularly special trip: Cary Fellow Robert Coates-Stephens led a visit to the Casa Bellezza, a series of fantastically preserved frescoed rooms from the late Republican era which sit underneath a 1930s structure which was the home of conductor Vincenzo Bellezza.


Photo credit: Vivien Zhang


Photo credit: Maria Farrar

Just another week at the BSR!

Ellie Johnson (Administrative Assistant (Communications and Events))


Collaborating for the cultural heritage of the world: FAI and the National Trust at the BSR

On Wednesday 14 September, the BSR was proud to host an event all about conservation and cultural heritage in collaboration with FAI and MiBACT, including a contribution from Italy’s Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini. Director Christopher Smith looks back on this exciting event within the context of the BSR’s wider research framework.

‘The BSR has had a long and glittering history as a promoter of conservation and heritage management. In a sense, our third Director Thomas Ashby was already speaking to this as he recorded the disappearing Campagna, and it has been a constant theme, right through to the hugely successful Herculaneum Conservation Project, directed by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, which was important not only for its achievements, but also as a model for public-private partnerships.

The BSR’s research theme on this subject has been populated with a number of important conferences and events, and we recently added to this with an important occasion, bringing together the very best of UK and Italian experience.

The event, entitled Collaborating for the Cultural Heritage of the World: The Role of Public–Private Partnerships, was a joint event with the Italian National Trust, FAI. There were three case studies. Daniela Bruno spoke about the Parco Villa Gregoriana at Tivoli, and its restoration. The spectacular walk through the Parco is attracting record visitors, and is a testimony to the capacity of FAI to regenerate and advertise places of great beauty and importance. James Bradburne presented his experiences at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and now the Brera in Milan. His brilliant presentation showed how a gifted and determined museum director can pull a team together and set a gallery at the heart of the cultural life of a city. Finally, the BSR’s own Research Professor in Archaeology Simon Keay and Research Fellow Renato Sebastiani demonstrated the potential of the archaeological park at Portus and Ostia, right by Rome’s Fiumicino airport.


Paolo Conti (Corriere della Sera) giving his first address

The keynote was offered by Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chairman of the worldwide network of heritage and conservation charities, INTO. Her extraordinarily wide-ranging presentation of different examples of public-private partnerships across the world was held together by a clear focus on what is needed for successful heritage management – clear vision, clear roles and responsibilities, public credibility and support and long-term sustainability. In response, our two very special guests, President of FAI and BSR Honorary Fellow Andrea Carandini, and Italy’s Minister for Culture and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, emphasised the role of international collaboration. The presence of a government minister at what Carandini described as a historic meeting confirmed the importance of this initiative in driving forward a debate about the models which can address the specific circumstances of individual projects in Italy. In concluding, Director Christopher Smith noted that Rome’s foreign academies had a seminal role in bringing together best practice and collaborating to deliver outstanding research results and sustainable heritage management.

Over the coming months, the BSR will host an important international workshop around the concept of beauty in public life, in collaboration with the British Council and think tank ResPublica; and a major conference on conservation and restoration at Portus. Stephen Kay’s international field school at Pompeii taught principles of conservation to an enthusiastic team. Several other projects are under development. From education, to practice, to policymaking, the BSR is leading the way in bringing UK expertise to bear on conservation and heritage management in Italy.’

Christopher Smith (Director)

Photos by Antonio Palmieri.

To read more about the event, see the FAI website where you can also download the PowerPoint by Dame Fiona Reynolds.

BSR in Glasgow: 2016 Society for Renaissance Studies biennial conference

‘At the biennial conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies (SRS), which took place 18-20 July at the University of Glasgow, the BSR put on a series of sessions on the theme of ‘Word and Image in the European Renaissance’. Organised by Piers Baker-Bates (Rome Scholar 2002-3) and Oren Margolis (Rome Award 2012-13), these sessions showed off a range of work being done by scholars of Rome, Italy and beyond: papers covered Siena, Venice, the Aegean and Spain, as well as Rome; big themes such as humanism, religious reform, and artistic patronage; and were broadly interdisciplinary, exploring in a variety of media – from easel and wall paintings, to books, to sculpture, to tapestry – the relationship of words to images, but also words in images and even words as images.


Conference group at Stirling Castle

As always, it was a sociable conference, especially for the BSR contingent, which sought out some of Glasgow’s finest culinary offerings. An excursion to Stirling Castle gave us a chance to explore one of the country’s most unique Renaissance monuments and discuss the identities of the historical and mythological personages depicted in the carved oak roundels!


A group of conference attendees in the University of Glasgow West Quadrant

The British School at Rome continues to build on its relationship with the SRS. The BSR’s support for scholars ensures the continued place for Italian (and European) Renaissance studies in Britain, while its encouragement for multidisciplinary research and transnational perspectives will be of increasing importance to the field in years to come.’


Conference dinner at the Oran Mor

Oren Margolis (Somerville College, Oxford; BSR Rome Award 2012-13)

Meet the editors of the Papers of the British School at Rome (PBSR)

We are so happy to introduce our three editors of the Papers of the British School at Rome!

In a blog originally published on the Cambridge Journals Blog our three editors talk a little bit about themselves.


‘Earlier this year, the British School at Rome’s Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters decided to extend management of Papers of the British School at Rome (PBSR) from a single editor to a team of three editors in order to represent and promote the full disciplinary and chronological range of the journal. The three editors will continue to work closely with members of the Faculty, as well as staff and scholars of the BSR and Cambridge University Press, in order to publish high-quality peer-reviewed papers on the archaeology, literature and history of Italy and other parts of the Mediterranean on which Italy has exerted an influence. Below, the three editors introduce themselves and their interests and areas of expertise, and flag up some of their favourite PBSRpapers in recent years, which have been made available to you free of charge. If you have an idea for an article that you would like to send to the journal, the editors would be happy to discuss it further with you: their contact details are given below.


Ancient: Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham):

I have been Editor of PBSR since 2011, when I took over from Josephine Crawley-Quinn, and I am a member of the BSR’s Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters. I have been a regular visitor to the British School at Rome since the late 1990s, and much of my research – both as a postgraduate student and an academic scholar – has been inspired and supported by the extraordinary resources and activities of the School. In June 2007 I co-organised a conference there on ‘Rome, Pollution and Propriety: Dirt, Disease and Hygiene in Rome from Antiquity to Modernity’, which was published as a BSR monograph by Cambridge University Press in 2012. I have worked at the University of Nottingham for 12 years, where I am Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education in the Faculty of Arts. My primary research interests lie in the role of sensory perception in the literature and art of imperial Rome, and I am author of Colour and Meaning in Ancient Rome (2009) and editor of Smell and the Ancient Senses (2015). I also have interests in the reception of classical antiquity in modern European culture, and I am editor ofClassics and Imperialism in the British Empire (2010). I am currently working on a book on Foul Bodies in Ancient Rome, examining literary and artistic approaches to the bodies of history and myth that occupied the margins of civilized Roman society in the early Empire: my first foray into this area of research was published in PBSR 2011 as ‘Obesity, corpulence and emaciation in Roman art’.

PBSR has published first-rate papers on classical antiquity for over a hundred years, and there are some real gems among them. I remember being particularly influenced by John North’s study of ‘Conservatism and change in Roman religion’ (1976) and Susan Walker’s short paper on evidence for the iconography of Cleopatra at Pompeii (2008). Of the papers published under my editorship, two of my favourites are Seth Bernard’s provocative but important reassessment of the circuit walls of early Rome in PBSR 2012, and Jerry Toner’s fascinating study in PBSR 2015 of evidence forbarbers and barbershops as a window on to the ways we can reconstruct Roman popular culture. While PBSR continues to publish in its traditional areas of strength in Italian archaeology and Roman history, we have seen in recent years an increasing openness to studies of classical art and literature, and I hope that the journal will continue to be a venue for debating and discussing all aspects of ancient Rome and Roman Italy.


Medieval / Renaissance: Trevor Dean (Roehampton)

As a former Scholar of the British School (1980-81), it’s a great pleasure now to take up a new role as co-editor of the Papers. My own research has evolved strongly since the early 1980s – from political history to the history of crime, and from Ferrara to Italy more generally. But Rome has never been far from my concerns, especially in my teaching, where students and colleagues have kept me in touch with Roman history and culture. Thinking about how the Papers have contributed to my evolving scholarly foci, I particularly recall some articles by my teachers, co-authors and colleagues, such as Daniel Waley’s playfully-titled ‘Combined operations in Sicily’ (1954), Philip Jones’ magisterial ‘Florentine families and Florentine diaries’ (1956), and Kate Lowe’s study of reverse-patronage in ‘Artistic patronage at the Clarissan convent of S. Cosimato, 1400-1600’ (2001). Two articles that I have used and valued in my study of conflict and criminal justice are:Peter Clarke’s comparison (1999) of the clerical interdict of San Gimignano, 1289-93, to a strike, in which the commune hired ‘scab’ clerical labour, violently took possession of the parish church and its bells, and accused the clergy of theft of precious objects; and Miles Pattenden’s investigation(2009) of the expanding judicial powers of the papal governor of Rome in the later fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, which was accompanied by a relaxation of statutory rules on judicial practice – an important institutional background to the rich trial records which have been so engagingly used by historians such as Tom and Elizabeth Cohen. I hope that we shall be publishing articles as good as these in the next few years.


Modern: Aristotle Kallis (Lancaster)

I consider my time as Balsdon Fellow at the BSR (2014-15) as one of the most intellectually rewarding periods of my academic life. It is thus with immense pleasure that I take up the role of co-editor of the Papers, with my focus being on papers with a more modern, post-17th century focus. Over the years, my research has often centred on the idea and the city of Rome in the twentieth century, with particular – and more recent – focus on its urban planning and modern architectures. But Rome is a city of such unique and fascinating historical density, in time and space, that I always find its pull irresistible. I am currently working on a history of Rome’s ‘other modernisms’ in the early twentieth century, studying in particular how the spirit of modern innovation was infused by local architects with ideas drawn from regional traditions and the surrounding built environment. I am particularly intrigued by the production of the Institute of Public Housing (ICP) in Rome during the first three decades of the last century. But I also find that the history of Rome always confronts the researcher with much broader questions that transcend conventional categories of historical time or geographic space. Recently I have become interested in exploring how the tropes of romanità and mediterraneità have influenced international modernist architecture and urban planning in the twentieth century.

PBSR has its own, perhaps less well-known, treasure chest of articles covering the modern period in the history of the city and Italy as a whole. I remember in particular Charles Burdett’s fascinatingly wide-reaching 2011 article ‘Nomos, Identity and Otherness: Ciro Poggiali’s Diario Aoi 1936–1937 and the Representation of the Italian Colonial World’. But it is the sheer diversity of chronological, thematic, and disciplinary coverage that makes the Papers such a special and dynamic journal of scholarship. Browsing through the (physical or digitised) pages of the 2008 issue of the Papers (to take one example), readers can immerse themselves in the Iron Age and the Mycenaeans, in visual art from Pompeii, in painting from early medieval and Renaissance Rome, in archaeological discoveries and millennia-long surveys of the Aurelian walls, in literature at the time of the Risorgimento, and in migration in post-war Rome. This is a prime example of the openness to diverse interests and approaches that the Papers have successfully pursued in recent years; and I am confident that this is an aspiration that will continue to drive the journal’s reputation as a welcoming venue for high-quality scholarship on diverse aspects of modern and contemporary Rome and Italy.’

Helen Gorham (Cambridge Journals Blog Contributor)

A farewell to (most of) our 2015-2016 borsisti

With the end of June comes the departure of our third group of borsisti, only Rachel Adams (Sainsbury Scholar) remains with us until September 2016.

To celebrate the past year we look back at some of the good times had by our award-holders!


October – December 2015


Left to right: Rachel Adams (Sainsbury Scholar in Painting and Sculpture), Ross Taylor (Abbey Scholar in Painting), Mark Kelly (Giles Worsley Rome Fellow), James Ferris (Derek Hill Foundation Scholar), Lincoln Austin (Australia Council Resident), Mandy, Gerrit and Maria Niewöhner (Rome Fellow in Contemporary Art), Emlyn Dodd (Macquarie Gale Rome Scholar), Federico Casari (Rome Fellow), Matthew Hoskin (Ralegh Radford Rome Fellow), Caspar Pearson (Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellow), Catherine Story (Abbey Fellow in Painting), Natasha Adamou (Henry Moore Foundation-BSR Fellow in Sculpture), Jessica Dalton (Rome Fellow) and Teresa Kittler (Rome Fellow)

The academic year was off to a very good start with the arrival of our first fourteen award-holders. During welcome week the borsisti were treated to their first trip – a tour of the Forum Romanum with the one and only Professor Christopher Smith.

We were also glad to welcome back Mark Bradley, Editor of the Papers of the British School at Rome (PBSR), who entertained us with a wonderful lecture entitled ‘Roman noses: smell and the senses in ancient Rome‘ as well as leading a trip to the nearby Ara Pacis.


Resident Senior Scholar, Caspar Pearson (Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellow), also gave a lecture as he neared the end of his three-month residency. The lecture, ‘In the shadow of the dome: Richard Rogers and the urban Renaissance’ was greatly enjoyed and perfectly complemented the organised trip led by Caspar to the Villa Farnesina.

We finished the term on a high as usual with our mostra showing the work of the resident artists. Due to the renovation work taking place in the gallery the exhibition took the form of an ‘open studios’ evening, which allowed each artist to exhibit their work in the location it had been made.


January – March 2016


Left to right: Emlyn Dodd (Macquarie Gale Rome Scholar), Robert Hearn (Rome Awardee), Anne Ryan (Abbey Fellow in Painting), Teresa Kittler (Rome Fellow), Ross Taylor (Abbey Scholar in Painting), Jonas St. Michael (Québec Resident), Matthew Hoskin (Ralegh Radford Rome Fellow), Maria Harvey (Rome Awardee (funded by the Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust)), Rachel Adams (Sainsbury Scholar in Painting and Sculpture), Damien Duffy (Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellow), Jessica Dalton (Rome Fellow) and Camilla Norman (Coleman-Hilton Scholar (University of Sydney)). Not pictured:  Federico Casari (Rome Fellow) and Michelle Ussher (Australia Council Resident)

The start of the new year saw the addition of a few new award-holders to take the places of those who were only with us for a three-month period.

The first trip of the term was with Ian Haynes, who had previously given a lecture ‘The Archaeology of the Lateran Basilica: a view from below’ in November 2015, so the lucky borsisti were taken round the excavation under the basilica with a man extremely knowledgeable on the subject!

The group was also very excited for the trip to the Mausoleum of Augustus, organised by Stefania Peterlini with an introduction to the site given by one of our resident archaeologists Camilla Norman.

Abbey Scholar Ross Taylor came into his own when he met Andrew Stahl, a former Abbey Scholar, who was visiting the BSR to give an artist’s talk ‘Observe what’s vivid’. The below picture was taken when Ross was giving Andrew a studio visit.

Award-holders Rachel Adams and Ross Taylor also took advantage of their access to the BSR archives to look up some of the treasures housed within!

The March Mostra was exhibited in the Gallery, with a sound piece by Michelle Ussher in the Sainsbury Lecture Theatre.


April – June 2016:


Left to right: Edmund Thomas (Balsdon Fellow), Maureen Carroll (Hugh Last Fellow), Federico Casari (Rome Fellow), Camilla Norman (Coleman-Hilton Scholar (University of Sydney)), Jessica Dalton (Rome Fellow), Teresa Kittler (Rome Fellow), Rachel Adams (Sainsbury Scholar in Painting and Sculpture), Deborah Prior (Helpmann Academy Resident), Margaret Roberts (National Art School Sydney Resident), David Ryan (Abbey Fellow in Painting),  Ross Taylor (Abbey Scholar in Painting), Matthew Hoskin (Ralegh Radford Rome Fellow), Joseph Griffiths (Australia Council Resident) and Damien Duffy (Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellow)

The term began in April and new and returning borsisti alike enjoyed Rome in the early summer sunshine. Our first trip of the term took advantage of the change in the weather when we were invited to the French Academy located in the picturesque Villa Medici to see some of the restoration works that were being undertaken on their façade and then enjoy the gardens.

The trips to impressive palazzi continued when we were invited to the Palazzo Pamphili on Piazza Navona, now the site of the Brazilian Embassy.

This term also saw a wonderful variety of lectures given by award-holders, including Jessica Dalton and Matthew Hoskin (pictured below left). The range of topics – but consistently high quality – was remarked upon by all who attended.

The final mostra opening took place on 17 June in the gallery, showing a huge selection of work from our seven resident artists.

The BSR has had a great academic year 2015-16 and we wish all of our award-holders the best of luck with everything!

Katherine Paines (Communications and Events Assistant)

Images taken by Damien Duffy, Antonio Palmieri, Roberto Apa, Rachel Adams, Katherine Paines and Lincoln Austin.