British School at Rome

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The British School at Rome (BSR) is a centre of interdisciplinary research excellence in Italy supporting the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences.

The BSR supports:

British School at Rome
British School at Rome by Edwin Luytens
The British School at Rome, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens
Established 1901
Location Rome, Italy
London, United Kingdom
Coordinates 41°55′06″N 12°28′52″E / 41.9183°N 12.4812°E
Type Research centre
Humanities & Visual Arts
Director Stephen Milner
President HRH Princess Alexandra
Website Official website

Awards and fellowships

Today, the BSR awards full-board residential scholarships and fellowships to artists and scholars from across the Commonwealth for periods from 3 to 12 months. BSR awards are considered to enjoy substantial prestige within their respective fields.[1] All scholars, artists and award holders share the same, Lutyens-designed residence, which is located north of the Pincio in the Parioli district. As well as access to one of Rome's leading English-language art and archaeology libraries[2] awardees are lodged in the academy’s individual rooms and are catered for in the communal dining and recreational facilities. The fine art awards provide artists with purpose-built, fully equipped, live-in studios and workshop facilities.[3]

Awards, based on an international, open access application system, are made in the following fields: Archaeology of Italy and the Mediterranean; Late Antique and Medieval History; Renaissance and Enlightenment studies; Modern Italian Studies; Architectural History; Architecture including Landscape Architecture; contemporary visual arts practice.[4]

List of ongoing Fine Arts awards[5]

  • Abbey Fellowship in Painting (three-month residency)
  • Abbey Scholarship in Painting (nine-month residency)[6]
  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellowship (three-month residency)
  • Augusta Scholarship (three-month residency)
  • The Bridget Riley Fellowship (six-month residency)
  • BSR Wallace New Zealand Residency (three-month residency)
  • Conseil des Arts et des Lettres, Québec Residency (three-month residency)
  • Creative Wales-British School at Rome Fellow (three-month residency)
  • Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship (three-month residency)[7]
  • Helpmann Academy Resident (three-month residency)
  • National Art School, Sydney, Resident (three-month residency)[7]
  • Rome Fellowship in Contemporary Art (three-month residency)
  • Rome Prize in Architecture (six-month residency)
  • Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting & Sculpture (one-year residency)[8]
  • Scholars' Prize in Architecture (three-month residency)

Notable award-holders in the field of Fine Arts include Gillian Ayres RA, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Stephen Farthing RA [9] Chantal Joffe, Winifred Knights, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker RA, Eddie Peake, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, John Skeaping RA, Bob and Roberta Smith RA, Emma Stibbon RA,[10]Joe Tilson RA, Mark Wallinger [11] Alison Wilding RA[12]

List of ongoing Humanities awards[13]

  • Balsdon Fellowship (three-month senior fellowship)
  • Hugh Last Fellowship (three-month senior fellowship)
  • Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellowship (three-month senior fellowship)
  • Coleman-Hilton Scholarship (University of Sydney) (six-month residency)
  • CRASSH–BSR Research Fellow (with funding from the Issac Newton Fund) (six-month residency)
  • Giles Worsley Rome Fellowship (three-month residency)
  • Henry Moore Foundation–BSR Fellowship in Sculpture (three-month residency)
  • John Murray / Keats-Shelley Memorial Association Creative Writing Resident (three-month residency)
  • Judith Maitland Memorial Award (three-month residency)
  • Macquarie Gale Rome Scholarship (six-month residency)
  • Mougins Museum Rome Awards (three-month residency)
  • Rome Award (three-month residency)
  • Rome Fellowship (nine-month residency)

Notable alumni in the field of Humanities include David Abulafia FBA (Professor of Mediterranean History, Cambridge), Nicholas Cullinan (Director, National Portrait Gallery), Penelope Curtis (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, ex-Tate Britain), Lucy Davis (Wallace Collection), Nicholas Purcell FBA (Camden Professor of Ancient History, Oxford), Paul Roberts (Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum), Susan Walker (former Keeper of Greek and Roman Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum).

Foundation and mission

The British School at Rome (BSR) was established in 1901 and granted a UK Royal Charter in 1912. Its mission is "to promote knowledge of and deep engagement with all aspects of the art, history and culture of Italy by scholars and fine artists from Britain and the Commonwealth, and to foster international and interdisciplinary exchange."[14] The BSR is a registered charity under English law.[15]

History and location

Following the International Exhibition in Rome of 1911 celebrating 50 years since Italian reunification, the site of the magnificent Edwin Lutyens-designed British Pavilion was granted in perpetuity to the British nation on condition that it be used exclusively as a British research centre for archaeology, history and the fine arts. In 1916, after significant adaptation by its architect, Edwin Lutyens, the BSR moved into its current home in what is now via Antonio Gramsci, in the Valle Giulia.[14] In 2002, a new purpose-built lecture theatre and gallery spaces, designed by architect Hugh Petter and sponsored by the Sainsbury family, were opened by the BSR’s President, HRH Princess Alexandra.[16] The BSR is immediately adjacent to the Villa Borghese gardens and the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna.

Governance and leadership

The British School at Rome is one of the sponsored institutes of the British Academy, whilst maintaining itself as an autonomous body.[17] It receives financial support from the British Academy, award sponsors, private donors and its membership.[18] The BSR is led by a Director, who has traditionally been a senior humanities scholar in the fields of Classical history, art history and/or archaeology.

List of directors


  • T. P. Wiseman, A Short History of the British School at Rome, 1990
  • A. Wallace-Hadrill, The British School at Rome: One Hundred Years, 2001

See also


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  2. ^ "Walter, John, 2008. John Walter – British School at Rome". a-n. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "Kevin Mckay BSR blog".
  4. ^ "Abbey Awards scholarships in painting".
  5. ^ "BSR Fine arts awards". Archived from the original on 2012-11-07.
  6. ^ "Abbey Scholarship website".
  7. ^ a b "BSR awards page website".
  8. ^ "Linbury Trust (trustee of Sainsbury Scholarships) website".
  9. ^ "Royal Academy, Stephen Farthing CV biography".
  10. ^ "Royal Academy, Emma Stibbon CV biography".
  11. ^ "Anthony Reynolds Gallery, Mark Wallinger biography". Archived from the original on 2014-03-24.
  12. ^ Press, O.U., 2012. Benezit Dictionary of British Graphic Artists and Illustrators, Oxford University Press.
  13. ^ "BSR Humanities awards". Archived from the original on 2012-11-07.
  14. ^ a b Wallace-Hadrill, A., 2001. The British School at Rome: One Hundred Years, London: British School at Rome
  15. ^ Charity Commission. THE BRITISH SCHOOL AT ROME, registered charity no. 314176.
  16. ^ John, Richard, 2010. Robert Adam: The Search for a Modern Classicism, Images Publishing.
  17. ^ "Academy-Sponsored Institutes". Archived from the original on 2016-03-13.
  18. ^ "Financial Support".
  19. ^ "History". The British School at Rome. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  20. ^ "STUART-JONES, Sir Henry". Who Was Who. A & C Black. December 2007.
  21. ^ "ASHBY, Thomas". Who Was Who. A & C Black. December 2007.
  22. ^ Boardman, John (2004). "Ashmole, Bernard (1894–1988)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
  23. ^ a b "SMITH, Arthur Hamilton". Who Was Who. A & C Black. December 2007.
  24. ^ "RICHMOND, Sir Ian". Who Was Who. A & C Black. December 2007.
  25. ^ "HARDIE, Colin Graham". Who Was Who. A & C Black. May 2009.
  26. ^ "RADFORD, (Courtenay Arthur) Ralegh". Who Was Who. A & C Black. May 2009.
  27. ^ "WARD-PERKINS, John Bryan". Who Was Who. A & C Black. December 2007.
  28. ^ "WHITEHOUSE, Dr David Bryn". Who's Who 2012. A & C Black. 2012.
  29. ^ "BULLOUGH, Prof. Donald Auberon". Who Was Who. A & C Black. December 2007.
  30. ^ "BARKER, Prof. Graeme William Walter". Who's Who 2012. A & C Black. 2012.
  31. ^ "HODGES, Prof. Richard Andrew". Who's Who 2012. A & C Black. 2012.
  32. ^ "Prof Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, OBE, FSA". People of Today. Debrett's. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  33. ^ "Staff and Fellows". The British School at Rome. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  34. ^ "British Academy welcomes new Director of the British School at Rome". British Academy. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017.

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