Valeria Ceregini is an Italian art historian and visual arts curator with an international practice working across disciplines with artists from various media. She was the Curator and Programming Coordinator at the Luan Gallery and Abbey Road Artists’ Studios, Athlone, Ireland (2022), and recipient of the Arts Grant Funding 2023 from the Arts Council of Ireland. She has over 10 years of curatorial experience and has collaborated with numerous international international institutions, museums, public and private spaces, artists, curators and writers through exhibitions, exchanges, residencies, publications, talks and workshops. She is the recipient of multiple bursaries and awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, Creative Ireland, Irish Embassy, Mondriaan Foundation, European Programmes for residencies, and other national and local authorities.
Valeria studied Semiotics completing an MA in Communication Science at the University of Turin, Italy, and she studied Contemporary Art completing an MA (Hons) in History of Art at the University of Genoa, Italy. There, she attended the Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies.
She was the awardee of the Agility Award 2021 supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, and the Emerging Curator Award 2021 by GOMA – Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford for her exhibition project Breaking Borders. This group show is involving foreign artists based in Ireland and it aims to bring the attention on social and geopolitical meanings of borders and how art it can help to cross over these physical barriers.
In March 2020, she produced JournALL, a weekly online art programme interested in giving to artists a voice and staging their work on internet and social media. She featured on JournALL website, Instagram and YouTube channel the work of 19 artists to recall the number of Coronavirus.
From this project, a new collaboration with the UK multidisciplinary artist S A B O T A G E came out curating his new and exclusive performances streamed online as a visual response to the Covid-19 crisis, and the political, economic and social disruptions. All these events were hosted and supported by Pallas Projects/Studios on their social media, website and YouTube channel.
About this, the VAI – Visual Artists Ireland invited her as panellist in their webinar: Rethinking presentation – Adapting to a new landscape. This event in collaboration with Wicklow County Council Arts Office explored some of the new and different ways that artists and curators have presented work outside of traditional institutions as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions.
As Curator of the group show Over Nature, which toured six venues in Ireland and the UK between September 2019 and November 2020, she attempts to activate a new vision of greater ecological awareness and responsibility featuring six Irish and International artists. Valeria was invited to moderate the live event Culture Night 2020 as part of the Luan Gallery (Athlone, IE) online programme to give insight into Over Nature and its artists. To animate the debate around the arts she introduced non-visual artists to look at Nature through poetry, performance and music.
She was the editor and promoter of the exhibition catalogue that was selected to be browsed at the Dublin Book Art Fair 2020 (Temple Bar Gallery+Studios) and purchased at The Library Project. Furthermore, she fruitfully promoted the exhibition and the OPW – Office of Public Works acquired certain artworks for their collection.
She was the artistic director and responsible for the artists-in-residence programme at Areacreativa42, Turin (2018-2019). In this position, she organised talks and residencies liaising with the local authorities and staff. She was the curator and manager of the group exhibition De Natura, editor of the exhibition catalogue and promoter of the show online with a social media strategy and advertising campaign.
She collaborated as curator and writer-in-residence with Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin (2017-2018) liaising with most of the artists-in-studio and in show. In 2017, she was selected by SEA Foundation (Tilburg, NL) as curator-in-residence and, in 2018 she curated the group show Beyond the painting, the first episode of a travelling exhibition project on abstract painting entitled “Painting through its poetical emotions”. The second and third episodes were staged at Galleria Weber&Weber, Turin (2018-2019 and 2021-2022).
Since 2015, Valeria is a member of ICOM – International Council of Museums. Since 2019, she is a juror member of the apexart (NYC) international panel. Also, she has been appointed by VAI – Visual Artists Ireland as one of the 30 best curators in Ireland and Northern Ireland to participate at the annual event the Get Together 2018. She was reconfirmed as one of the top Irish curators at the Get Together 2019, 2021 and 2022.
Valeria Ceregini is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland (Agility Award 2021 and 2022).