The fifth gallery to join the Global Science Gallery Network will take pride of place at a waterfront site in Venice
Science Gallery Venice will open in 2019 in partnership with The Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, joining a network of galleries linked to universities in Dublin, London, Bangalore and Melbourne.
Set to start engaging audiences through pop-up activities from 2017, the gallery will open its doors in 2019 in San Basilio, an area of Venice currently undergoing significant urban regeneration.
A render of the Venetian gallery
Science Gallery Venice will create and host free exhibitions and events, specifically designed for a target audience of young adults from 15 to 25 years old. It will operate its own internal and open workshops, triggering new forms of collaboration between scientists and creative arts, developing innovative education programs and enhancing the excellence of research carried out by universities and other scientific institutions in all fields of knowledge. The gallery will be a social hub, with multiple spaces for informal meetings and coffee.
Speaking in advance of this evening’s official announcement event, Michele Bugliesi, Rector of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice said: "Today, we celebrate a major achievement for Ca’ Foscari and for the future of research and Venice. Joining the other members of the Global Science Gallery Network in London, Dublin, Bangalore and Melbourne, Science Gallery Venice will be a center for innovation and research in both science and the arts. It will become a source of ideas and experiments for researchers from around the world, in collaboration with international partners at the highest level. Built in the heart of Venice at San Basilio, it will continue the enhancement process of this strategic area of the city which is already underway through Ca’ Foscari, The University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV) and the Venice Port Authority."
Andrea Bandelli, Executive Director of Science Gallery International (the organisation driving the development of the Global Science Gallery Network) commented: “Science Gallery Venice will bring the world-class contemporary art and frontier scientific research of Venice to the Global Science Gallery Network, creating endless opportunities to engage the local Venetian community with leading thinkers in art and science both in Italy and internationally. It will be a new beacon for public engagement in Italy, bringing the unique approach of Science Gallery to ignite the creativity of millions of young adults where science and art collide.”