Valeria Ceregini is an Italian art historian and visual arts curator based in Dublin (IE) and Turin (IT) with an international practice working across disciplines with artists from various media. She has over 7 years of curatorial experience and has collaborated with numerous international artists, curators and writers through exhibitions, exchanges, residencies, publications, talks and workshops.
Valeria studied Semiotics completing an MA in Communication Science at University of Turin, Italy and she studied Contemporary Art completing an MA (Hons) in History of Art at University of Genoa, Italy. There, she attended the Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies.
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. She co-curated a new and exclusive performance developed through the voices of artists collected by JournALL throughout 2020. S A B O T A G E incorporated their concerns along with the news broadcasted during those times.
A second part titled The Aftermath – PhyloCode was streamed online as a visual response to the Covid-19 crisis, and the political, economic and social disruptions it has caused, are fundamentally changing the traditional context for decision-making.
All these events are hosted 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.
She was the editor and promoter of the 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.
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 actively participated in Franko B’s Unloved workshop and exhibition (curated by a/political, 2019) at Rua Red, Dublin. At the latter, she took part in the realisation of Franko B’s Trauma [Audio Recording].
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.
She was awarded as Emerging Curator 2021 at GOMA – Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford. 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 episode was staged at Galleria Weber&Weber, Turin (2018-2019) and all the three solo exhibitions featuring Irish artists such as Colm MacAthlaoich, Gillian Lawler, Denis Kelly were kindly supported by Culture Ireland. She was the editor of the exhibition catalogue kindly supported by the Kildare County Council.
Since 2019, Valeria 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.
Recently, she was appointed as Assistant Curator at The MAC (Belfast, NI), shortlisted for the position of Visual Art Curator in Residence 2020/21 at Roscommon Arts Centre and has been listed 3rd, Curator in Residence 2020/21 at Glor (Ennis, Co Clare), Public Programme Curator at the CCA – Centre for Contemporary Art (Derry-Londonderry, NI).