We're delighted to be able to share the news that Ca’ Foscari University of Venice will officially announce the development of Science Gallery Venice this evening.
Above: Artist's impression of Science Gallery Venice
Set to start engaging audiences through pop-up activities from 2017, the gallery will open its doors in 2019 in San Basilio, an area of Venice currently undergoing significant urban regeneration.
Speaking in advance of this evening’s official announcement event, Michele Bugliesi, Rector of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice said: "Today, we celebrate a major achievement for Ca’ Foscari and for the future of research and Venice. Joining the other members of the Global Science Gallery Network in London, Dublin, Bangalore and Melbourne, Science Gallery Venice will be a center for innovation and research in both science and the arts. It will become a source of ideas and experiments for researchers from around the world, in collaboration with international partners at the highest level. Built in the heart of Venice at San Basilio, it will continue the enhancement process of this strategic area of the city which is already underway through Ca’ Foscari, The University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV) and the Venice Port Authority."
Dr Andrea Bandelli, Executive Director of Science Gallery International (the organisation driving the development of the Global Science Gallery Network) commented: “Science Gallery Venice will bring the world-class contemporary art and frontier scientific research of Venice to the Global Science Gallery Network, creating endless opportunities to engage the local Venetian community with leading thinkers in art and science both in Italy and internationally. It will be a new beacon for public engagement in Italy, bringing the unique approach of Science Gallery to ignite the creativity of millions of young adults where science and art collide.”
Science Gallery Venice will create and host free exhibitions and events, specifically designed for a target audience of young adults from 15 to 25 years old. It will operate its own internal and open workshops, triggering new forms of collaboration between scientists and creative arts, developing innovative education programs and enhancing the excellence of research carried out by universities and other scientific institutions in all fields of knowledge. The gallery will be a social hub, with multiple spaces for informal meetings and coffee.
The future site of the gallery in San Basilio
Ca’Foscari will look to appoint a visionary Director for Science Gallery Venice in 2017. Stay tuned to our Twitter feed for more news from the announcement event this evening, and check out our latest Global Science Gallery Network video, featuring the Rettore of Ca' Foscari:
About Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Founded in 1868, and home to almost 20,000 students, the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice was the first Venetian university and first institution in Italy to deal with trade and economy in higher education. The university’s historic home is located in the heart of the city of Venice, where it offers a wide range of training activities divided into four major scientific and cultural areas: economics, linguistics, science and the humanities. Ca’ Foscari offers innovative and interdisciplinary training courses, English-taught degree programmes, double degrees with international universities, and a choice of over 40 languages. In science, the University ranges from studies on climate change to computer science or the study of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. For more information about Ca’ Foscari, visit their website.