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Silvia Sgualdini is a contemporary art curator interested in the legacy of conceptual strategies and the performative in art. Her curatorial work is concerned with artistic practices whose approach combines a complex articulation of ideas with a refined aesthetic sensibility. She lives and works in London. Following her studies in Architecture at I.U.A.V. Venice and Photography at London University of the Arts, Silvia Sgualdini obtained an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London in 2006. She worked internationally for organisations such as the Venice Biennale, Tate Modern, KW Berlin and Kunstraum Kreuzberg before joining Lisson Gallery in 2007. For Lisson Gallery, alongside solo exhibitions with gallery artists, she co-curated Perplexed in Public (2008), a program of interventions in the public sphere featuring artists Allora&Calzadilla, Lara Favaretto, Claire Fontaine, Sharon Haynes and Santiago Sierra. Curatorial projects include An Echo Button (2011), developed as part of Performa11 for Times Square and Zabludowicz Collection with British artists Ed Atkins, James Richards and Haroon Mirza. She completed a curatorial residency at Townhouse, Cairo in 2012 which resulted in The Magic of the State, an exhibition and editorial project developed in collaboration with Lisson Galley and the not-for-profit space Beirut in Cairo in Spring 2013.


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  • Visual Arts
  • Art Direction
  • Fine Art
  • Exhibition
  • Creative
  • Project Management
  • Event Organisation
  • Event Planning
  • Public Exhibitions

Work history



Pilar Corrias Gallery

Mar 2014
  • • Develop the gallery’s vision and remit in conjunction with the gallery owner. Consolidate relationship with existing artists, securing new artists representation, marketing and online presence, strategic sales development and art fairs. • Planning the gallery programme, organising, presenting and marketing exhibitions and off site projects • Curating group exhibitions and special projects • Senior artist liaison for 8 gallery artists and line manager for artist liaisons • Assessment and selection of artworks, securing new inventory • New artists research and studio visits • Represent the gallery in an ambassadorial role at key art market events, promote exhibitions and works by individual artists • Participate in designated art fairs. Promoting and selling works, to private clients and institutions. • Develop clients lists and growing the clients database. • General administration, budgeting and finance.


Associate Director

Lisson Gallery

Mar 2009 - Jan 2014
  • • Senior artist liaison for 8 gallery artists • Creative planning, implementation and co-ordination of exhibition programme across galleries in London and Milan, offsite projects and public platforms • Initiate, curate and project manage group exhibitions and special projects, on and off site • Responsible for developing strategic approach to raise Lisson artists profile in museums and foundations through exhibition opportunities and collection acquisitions • Sales of artworks to museums and foundations • Engender and nurture relationships with key museum professionals, foundations and independent curators • Recognise international curatorial hot spots and initiate opportunities for artists, create fruitful institutional and partner networks • Represent the gallery in an ambassadorial role at key art market events • New artists research • Participate in designated art fairs • Line manager for junior artist liaisons and exhibitions assistant • Plan and chair department meetings and monitor follow up actions • Co-ordinate team travel and holidays


Artist Liaison

Lisson Gallery

Dec 2006 - Mar 2009
  • • Manage artists at different levels in their careers, develop and communicate tailored strategies • Communicate with each artist regularly, providing value-added “client service” for each artist (to include tailored administrative, curatorial, logistical, financial, coaching support) • Conceive, organise and coordinate exhibitions at the gallery from initiation to completion. Responsible for the successful delivery of exhibitions and related events. • Initiate public commissions and help artists to seek funding for major projects • Liaise with museums and public institutions worldwide, and work on museum exhibitions with gallery artists, including co-ordinating exhibition tours • Devise and maintain exhibition budgets. Manage artists’ accounts • Organise and facilitate the fabrication of art works in conjunction with Production manager • Update and manage the inventory database, ensuring information is correct and up to date • Liaise with the gallery’s Technical, PR and Marketing and Registration team • Liaise with the Marketing and Press team for tailored press and publicity campaigns for each exhibition, oversee the ideation of advertising and print material • Produce publications to include artist books and exhibition catalogues, commission essays • Write press releases and interpretive texts on artists, edit and proof-read


Logistics Assistant & Speaker Liaison

Frieze Projects

Aug 2006 - Sep 2006
  • Responsible for hospitality for Frieze Talks speakers and VIP guests Plan and logistical organisation of Frieze Projects book launch and Frieze Talks dinner


Tate Enterprises

Picture Researcher

Apr 2006 - Nov 2006
  • • Manage, source and commission photographic material for Tate catalogues and publications • Liaise with curators and Tate Publishing editors, Press, Communication and Development departments at Tate • Liaise with international lending institutions and private collectors • Administer applications for rights and reproduction permissions, clear copyright and handle associated financial arrangements


Artist Studio Manager

Marine Hugonnier

Jan 2006 - Aug 2006


Assistant Project Manager

Venice Biennale, German Pavilion

Jan 2003 - May 2005
  • • Monitor budgets and schedules for the opening events • Coordinate the production of artists' works • Oversee the building work and installation of the exhibition • Brief and supervise stewards and temporary staff


Curatorial Assistant

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Jan 2002 - Jun 2002



MA Curating Contemporary Art

Royal College of London

Aug 2004 - Jun 2006


    BA(Hons) Photography (first Class

    University OF THE Arts, London

    Aug 1998 - May 2001


      Clasa Architectural Science (first Class

      I.u.a.v. Faculty of Architecture, Venice

      Aug 1998 - Jun 2003


        Diploma Foundation in Art and Design

        University OF THE Arts, London

        Aug 1997 - Jun 1998