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HUMANITIES
Catherine Fletcher introduces her new book, “The Roads to Rome: A History”
I first came to Rome in 2001, for a summer course in Italian before starting my Masters degree. In doing so, I joined millions of travellers who make the journey

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Artists at the BSR: Charlotte Higgins interviews Elizabeth Price
Our fourth interview features artist Elizabeth Price,  who held the position of Arts Council England Helen Chadwick Fellow at the University of Oxford and the British School at Rome from

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Artists at the BSR: Charlotte Higgins interviews Jeff McMillan
Our third interview features artist Jeff McMillan, Abbey Fellow in Painting at the BSR in 2020. His work is held in public and private collections including Tate, London; the Whitworth

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Meet the artists: Tura Oliveira
An interview with Tura Oliveira, Abbey Scholar in Painting, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from January to March 2024,

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Meet the artists: Aaron Ford
An interview with Aaron Ford, Sainsbury Scholar, in which he speaks about the work he has produced during his residency at the BSR from January to March 2024, ahead of

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Meet the artists: Lynn Fulton
An interview with Lynn Fulton, Abbey Fellow in Painting, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from January to March 2024,

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Meet the artists: Eloise Fornieles
In this blog, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow Eloise Fornieles tells about the project she will develop during her fellowship at the BSR, ahead of the Spring Open Studios.Taci, Anzi Parla

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Meet the artists: Kerstin Kartscher
An interview with Kerstin Kartscher, Bridget Riley Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from December 2023 to March 2024,

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Artists at the BSR: Charlotte Higgins interviews Vivien Zhang
Our second interview features artist Vivien Zhang, Abbey Scholar in Painting at the BSR between 2016 and 2017.  In 2017 Zhang was named in Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia list. Zhang’s

ARCHITECTURE
Eleanor Jolliffe talks to Simone Shu-Yeng Chung
Eleanor Jolliffe talks to Simone Shu-Yeng Chung about her time at the British School at Rome.By Eleanor Jolliffe Rome has a unique capacity to enrich, Simone Shu-Yeng Chung tells Eleanor Jolliffe.The

HUMANITIES
Catherine Fletcher introduces her new book, “The Roads to Rome: A History”
I first came to Rome in 2001, for a summer course in Italian before starting my Masters degree. In doing so, I joined millions of
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Artists at the BSR: Charlotte Higgins interviews Elizabeth Price
Our fourth interview features artist Elizabeth Price,  who held the position of Arts Council England Helen Chadwick Fellow at the University of Oxford and the
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Artists at the BSR: Charlotte Higgins interviews Jeff McMillan
Our third interview features artist Jeff McMillan, Abbey Fellow in Painting at the BSR in 2020. His work is held in public and private collections
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Meet the artists: Tura Oliveira
An interview with Tura Oliveira, Abbey Scholar in Painting, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR
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Meet the artists: Aaron Ford
An interview with Aaron Ford, Sainsbury Scholar, in which he speaks about the work he has produced during his residency at the BSR from January
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Meet the artists: Lynn Fulton
An interview with Lynn Fulton, Abbey Fellow in Painting, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR
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Meet the artists: Eloise Fornieles
In this blog, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow Eloise Fornieles tells about the project she will develop during her fellowship at the BSR, ahead of the
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Meet the artists: Kerstin Kartscher
An interview with Kerstin Kartscher, Bridget Riley Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from
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Artists at the BSR: Charlotte Higgins interviews Vivien Zhang
Our second interview features artist Vivien Zhang, Abbey Scholar in Painting at the BSR between 2016 and 2017.  In 2017 Zhang was named in Forbes’ 30
ARCHITECTURE
Eleanor Jolliffe talks to Simone Shu-Yeng Chung
Eleanor Jolliffe talks to Simone Shu-Yeng Chung about her time at the British School at Rome.By Eleanor Jolliffe Rome has a unique capacity to enrich, Simone
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Artists at the BSR: Charlotte Higgins interviews Mark Wallinger
The BSR is delighted to publish today the first in a series of interviews by the chief culture writer of the Guardian and BSR Council
ARCHITECTURE
Eleanor Jolliffe talks to Nick Temple
Eleanor Jolliffe talks to Nick Temple about her time at the British School at Rome.By Eleanor JolliffeSee the original article here.Climbing the dome of the
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Meet the artists: Beau W Beakhouse and Sadia Pineda Hameed
An interview with Beau W Beakhouse and Sadia Pineda Hameed, Creative Wales–BSR Fellows, in which they speak about the workthey have produced during their residency
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Meet the artists: Tura Oliveira
An interview with Tura Oliveira, Abbey Scholar in Painting, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR
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Meet the artists: Sophia Lee Georgas
An interview with Sophia Lee Georgas, National Arts School in Sydney Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency
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Meet the artists: Hiba Alobaydi
An interview with Hiba Alobaydi, Giles Worsley Rome Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR
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Meet the artists: Aaron Ford
An interview with Aaron Ford, Sainsbury Scholar, in which he speaks about the work he has produced during his residency at the BSR from September
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Meet the artists: Kerstin Kartscher
An interview with Kerstin Kartscher, Bridget Riley Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from
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Meet the artists: Michael Coppelov
An interview with Michael Coppelov, Abbey Fellow in Painting, in which he speaks about the work he has produced during his residency at the BSR
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Meet the artists: Dominic Walker
An interview with Dominic Walker, Rome Scholar in Architecture, in which he speaks about the work he has produced during his residency at the BSR
ARCHITECTURE
Eleanor Jolliffe talks to Selina Mason
Eleanor Jolliffe talks to Selina Mason about her time at the British School at Rome.By Eleanor JolliffeSee the original article here. Some people, thoughtful and
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Eleanor Jolliffe talks to Tim Bell
Eleanor Jolliffe talks to Tim Bell about his time at the British School at Rome, and its lasting impact on his work.By Eleanor JolliffeSee the
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New article from BSR fellow in Architecture Eleanor Jolliffe
The British School at Rome's new summer school offers a priceless opportunity to learn and reflect.An incredibly diverse range of architects, urbanists and designers have
HUMANITIES
Imperial Heroism and the Aesthetics of Masculinity in Mussolini’s Italy: Rome Fellow Victoria Witkowski reports on her experience at the BSR
Victoria Witkowski concluded her Rome Fellowship at the BSR a few days ago, pursuing her project Imperial Heroism and the Aesthetics of Masculinity in Mussolini’s
ARCHAEOLOGY
Simon Keay Awardee in Mediterranean Archaeology 2023 Rebecca Levitan reports on new work at Sperlonga
During my time as the Simon Keay Fellow, I conducted research related to the ancient site of Sperlonga on the southwest coast of Lazio. The
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Meet the artists: Holly Graham
An interview with Holly Graham, Sainsbury Scholar, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from April
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Meet the artists: Hardeep Dhindsa
An interview with Hardeep Dhindsa, Leverhulme Study Abroad Scholar, in which he speaks about the work he has produced during his residency at the BSR
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Meet the artists: Maeve Brennan
An interview with Maeve Brennan, Sainsbury Scholar, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from April
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Meet the artists: Laura White
An interview with Laura White, Ampersand Foundation Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from
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Meet the artists: Sam Matthewman
An interview with Sam Matthewman, Helpmann Academy Resident, in which they speak about the work he has produced during their residency at the BSR from
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Meet the artists: Olivia Daigneault Deschênes
An interview with Olivia Daigneault Deschênes, Quebec Resident, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from
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Meet the artists: Selma Parlour
An interview with Selma Parlour, Abbey Fellow in Painting, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR
LIBRARY & ARCHIVE
“Grand tour” of a training archiviste paléographe: rare books and special collections – by Martin Bugnicourt
As a young Frenchman arriving in Rome, and walking for the first time on Italian soil, I was naturally rather intimidated for the first few
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Discover “Verve”, Bridget Riley’s first ceiling painting at the BSR
Verve, Bridget Riley's first ceiling painting in the British School at Rome was unveiled on 4 May 2023.This is not the first time the artist
LIBRARY & ARCHIVE
“Grand tour” of a training “archiviste paléographe”: arrival at the British School – by Martin Bugnicourt
As a young Frenchman arriving in Rome, and walking for the first time on Italian soil, I was naturally rather intimidated for the first few
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Meet the artists: Luke Burton
An interview with Luke Burton, Abbey Fellow in Painting, in which he speaks about the work he has produced during his residency at the BSR
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Meet the artists: Maeve Brennan
An interview with Maeve Brennan, winner of The Sainsbury Scholar, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the
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Meet the artists: Hardeep Dhindsa
Trigger warning for racism and white supremacy. An interview with Hardeep Dhindsa, winner of Leverhulme Study Abroad Scholarship, in which he speaks about the work
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Meet the artists: Catriona Gallagher
An interview with Catriona Gallagher, winner of The Bridget Riley Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at
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Meet the artists: Lucy Tarquinio
An interview with Lucy Tarquinio, winner of the Abbey Scholar in Painting, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency
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Meet the artists: Holly Graham
An interview with Holly Graham, winner of The Sainsbury Scholar, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the
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Meet the artist: Sharon Kelly
An interview with Sharon Kelly, winner of Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her
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Meet the artists: Laura White
An interview with Laura White, winner of The Ampersand Foundation Fellowship, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at
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Meet the artists: Catriona Gallagher
An interview with Catriona Gallagher, winner of the Bridget Riley Fellowship, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at
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Meet the artists: Skye Wagner
An interview with Skye Wagner, National Art School, Sydney, Resident, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the
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Meet the artists: Lucy Tarquinio
An interview with Lucy Tarquinio, winner of The Abbey Scholarship in Painting, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency
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Meet the artists: Andro Semeiko
An interview with Andro Semeiko, winner of the Abbey Fellowship in Painting, in which he speaks about the work he has produced during his residency
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Meet the artists: Laura White
An interview with Laura White, winner of The Ampersand Foundation Fellowship, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at
LIBRARY & ARCHIVE
Expeditions from the BSR: in the footsteps of Thomas Ashby and his companions
Janet Wade is a former Macquarie Gale-BSR Award holder and one of the inaugural 2020 BSR Library and Archive Award holders. She is an ECR
ARCHITECTURE
Water Infrastructure and Public Space: Exploring the enduring legacy of drinking fountains as place making devices in Rome
Amy Thompson was the winner of the Scholars' Prize in Architecture in 2021–2, spending three months in Rome. In this blog post, Amy reflects on
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Reflections on time spent in Rome: Jeffrey Dennis (Abbey Fellow 2021–2)
My application to come to the British School at Rome in 2021 was based around the anniversary of the death in Rome of John Keats
COURSES
Carrying the Past into the future: the BSR Postgraduate Epigraphy Course after a decade (2012–2022)
Abigail Graham is the Course Coordinator of the Postgraduate Epigraphy Course at the British School at Rome. In this blogpost, Abigail looks back at 10
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Meet the artists: Amy Thompson
An interview with Amy Thompson, winner of the Scholars' Prize in Architecture, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency
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Meet the artists: Jo Stockham
An interview with Jo Stockham, the Ampersand Foundation Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR
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Meet the artists: Brianna Speight
An interview with Brianna Speight, Helpmann Academy Resident, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from
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Meet the artists: Corey Black
An interview with Corey Black, National Art School, Sydney, Resident, in which he speaks about the work he has produced during his residency at the
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Meet the artists: Héloïse Delègue
An interview with Héloïse Delègue, Abbey Fellow in Painting, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR
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Meet the artists: Claudio Pestana
An interview with Claudio Pestana, Abbey Scholar in Painting, in which they speak about the work they have produced during their residency at the BSR
HUMANITIES
Rethinking Rome: Cityscapes of Empire, Ancient and Modern
Samuel Agbamu is a current Rome Award holder at the BSR and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Classics at Royal Holloway, University of London.
LIBRARY & ARCHIVE
A significant legacy: Valerie Scott at the BSR Library
Valerie Scott, former BSR Librarian, retired in August 2021 after 40 years in post. Valerie’s immeasurable contribution to the BSR, its library and readers, is
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Jo Stockham visits the Venice Biennale
We asked our Ampersand Foundation Fellow, Jo Stockham, for her thoughts following a visit to the 59th Venice Biennale. Below is a visual snapshot of
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Meet the artists: Etienne Desrosiers
An interview with Etienne Desrosiers, Québec Resident, in which he speaks about the work he has produced during his residency at the BSR from January–March
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Meet the artists: Jo Stockham
An interview with Jo Stockham, the Ampersand Foundation Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR
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Meet the artists: Amba Sayal-Bennett
An interview with Amba Sayal-Bennett, Derek Hill Foundation Scholar, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR
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Meet the artists: Claudio Pestana
An interview with Claudio Pestana, Abbey Scholar in Painting, in which they speak about the work they have produced during their residency at the BSR
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Meet the artists: Lara Smithson
An interview with Lara Smithson, the Bridget Riley Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR
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Looking forward: new perspectives on the
BSR Council in time for International Women’s Day
On the first Wednesday of every month, there is a ‘pranzo per i direttori’ at a restaurant somewhere in the centre of Rome. This is
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Meet the artists: Richard Burton
An interview with Richard Burton, Abbey Fellow in Painting, in which he speaks about the work he has produced during his residency at the BSR
ARCHAEOLOGY
Beatrice Fochetti, The Insula XXXI and the Falerii Novi Project
Dr Beatrice Fochetti has recently been named a Research Fellow at the BSR. Her project, 'Archaeological research on the central area of Falerii Novi and
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Meet the artists: Freya Dooley
An interview with Freya Dooley, Creative Wales–BSR Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from September-December
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Meet the artists: Ruaidhri Ryan
An interview with Ruaidhri Ryan, Augusta Scholar, in which he speaks about the work he has produced during his residency at the BSR from September–December 2021.
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Meet the artists: Lara Smithson
An interview with Lara Smithson, The Bridget Riley Fellow, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from
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Meet the artists: Margaux Ogden
An interview with Margaux Ogden, Abbey Fellow in Painting, in which she speaks about the work she has produced during her residency at the BSR from
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Meet the artists: Claudio Pestana
An interview with Claudio Pestana, Abbey Scholar in Painting September 2021–June 2022, in which they speak about the works they have produced during their residency at the
HUMANITIES
An Italian at the Court of Queen Victoria: a performance by Barbara Gentili at the BSR, June 2021
An Italian at the Court of Queen Victoria: a performance by Barbara Gentili at the BSR, June 2021 As Covid restrictions were modified, the BSR was
LIBRARY & ARCHIVE
Archival windows into life at the BSR. The case of Eugénie Sellers Strong and Alexandrina Makin. (Part 2)
During the later months of 1919 and early 1920, Eugénie Sellers Strong was tirelessly pushing to reorganise the structure and expand the services of the
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Giallorosso
Marta Pellerini (Visual Art Residency and Programme Curator), Max Fletcher (Sainsbury Scholar in Painting and Sculpture 2019–2020) and Mick Finch (Professor of Visual Art Practice,
LIBRARY & ARCHIVE
Archival windows into life at the BSR. The case of Eugénie Sellers Strong and Alexandrina Makin. (Part 1)
An Archive is not a careful selection of materials, like a Library. A few days ago I heard this observation from Charlotte Roueché, Honorary Archivist
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Meet the artists: Eleni Odysseos
An interview with Eleni Odysseos, Abbey Fellow in Painting, in which she speaks about the works she has produced during her residency at the BSR from
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BSR Alumni Profiles: Oona Grimes
Welcome to the first post in our new series: Alumni Profiles. Throughout the year we will be putting the spotlight on alumni working in a

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