"The Shape of Water", apply now for the new Study in Venice summer school


Study in Venice, the network that unites higher education institutions in Venice, has launched its first joint summer school.
"The Shape of Water" will take place from 3 to 14 July 2023: the innovative and interdisciplinary summer school will be held over two weeks, during which students from all over the world will have the opportunity to observe Venice and learn about its link with water.

You have until 20 March 2023 to send in your application. Read the full call here

The project

"The Shape of Water - Arts in Venice Summer School" will bring together lecturers from the four partnering institutions (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, IUAV, the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory and the Academy of Fine Arts). These experts will accompany the participants on a journey that combines a direct experience of the city with guided tours and lectures on archeology, architecture, history of and music, performing arts and environmental sciences.

The central topic will be water, the most characteristic element of our territory and its phenomena. The act of walking will become a tool to explore the city and its close surroundings.

To find out more about this experimental project, we spoke with Stefano Riccioni, professor of Medieval Art History at the Ca' Foscari Department Philosophy and Cultural Heritage and Scientific Director of the Summer School.

Professor, what kind of activities will “The Shape of Water” offer?

The project will be developed over two weeks and it will be highly experiential, as it is based on on-site learning. Additionally, the different experts involved will give participants a very comprehensive view of the art world, by combining direct experience in the city with educational visits and in-person lectures on topics such as archaeology, architecture, urban planning, history of visual arts and music, performing arts and environmental sciences.
We have also planned a workshop, led by the artist Giorgio Andreotta Calò, where the students will be involved in visual, tactile and sound exercises aimed at shaping their own vision of the city.
A second workshop will instead be focused on designing a project that can convey their personal experience with the city and its ecosystem.
The combination of different humanistic disciplines is in itself an original prospect and a challenging proposal, as it aims to stimulate the curiosity of the participants, while also offering them new opportunities to gather more knowledge.

Read all information on the summer school on the Study in Venice website