As a part of the NEMOSKVA Project, the NCCA-ROSIZO opens the Curatorial School to improve competence of regional experts.

The School is designed subject to features of activities of regional curators. The School’s concept and curriculum are based on results of the NEMOSKVA International Traveling Symposium held in August – September 2018, where international and Russian experts visited 12 cities along the Trans-Siberian Railway. Participants of the Symposium studied regional cultural contexts and communicated with representatives of local art communities, both with professional museum employees and with independent experts from Russian regions. It turned out that common pressing issue were lack of professional educational institutions, limited number of specialists, lack of core platforms, poor communications within art community, lack of contacts with foreign experts.

The NEMOSKVA Project is aimed at studying the existing problems, and the Curatorial School will be the next step on this path. Among its students, we expect to see, first of all, experts and curators interested in development of exhibition activities in Russian regions.

Curators and theorists of contemporary art – Dieter Roelstraete, curator of Documenta 14, curator and lecturer at the University of Chicago; Viktor Misiano curator, lecturer at the HSE, founder and Editor-In-Chief of the Art Journal; Simon Sheikh, curator, art theorist, member of working group of the Bergen Assembly, Director of the MFA in Curating at the Goldsmiths College, University of London; Sofia Victorino, Director of Education and Public Programmes at the Whitechapel Gallery in London; Ilya Budraitskis, historian, social theorist, art critic, member of the editorial board of the Art Journal; Maria Kalinina, Head of the NEMOSKVA Curatorial School, curator, co-founder of the MediaImpact festival, member of the Editorial Board of the Art Journal; Valentinas Klimašauskas, curator, writer, co-curator of the Latvian Pavilion in Venice Biennale 2019; Alla Mitrofanova, philosopher, curator, cultural scientist, one of the creators of the Cyberfeminist International – will become lecturers of the educational program. Many of the lecturers collaborate with the NEMOSKVA Program since the International Traveling Symposium and are well aware of regional problems.

Students of the School will have intense two-week course with theoretical and practical classes, and independent work on individual projects. Supported by leading teachers, each participant will develop idea of curatorial exhibition which can be implemented in one of the regions of the country. Students will defend their ideas after completion of the study. The best ideas will be sponsored.

The NEMOSKVA Project partners provide financial support to the Curatorial School, so the study is free of charge – all expenses will be covered by the partners. Our partners are charities and private businesses that actively contribute to development of cultural projects in the regions. 

Magnezit Group became one of the organizers of the Curatorial School in 2019. The School classes will be held in the Chelyabinsk Region on the basis of the company’s infrastructure in Satka, home to 42 thousand people, a town known for its unique social and cultural environment. Together with the Sobranie Fund, Magnezit Group implements their own art, educational and charity programs in the town. The company’s collaboration with the State Russian Museum, the Obraztsova International Classical Music Festival “Carmen,” the International Architectural Festival “My Satka,” and the International Street Art Festival “Satka Street Art Fest” are well known both in and outside Russia.

The Satka’s Curatorial School topic is “The Art of Document: The Poetics of Evidence.”

Strategic partner of the NEMOSKVA Project – the Vladimir Potanin Charity Foundation. Official sponsor of the NEMOSKVA Project – PJSC SIBUR Holding

The purpose of the NEMOSKVA Project is to create new opportunities for regional experts in contemporary art. New working conditions for regional curators will help to make qualitative leap in development of regional cultural projects.

The Curatorial School will work in nomadic mode: further educational programs will be implemented in other Russian regions. After completion of the School in Satka, the NEMOSKVA Project team will analyze their work and will continue to develop further interregional study programs based on the findings. The purpose of the school is to increase number of outstanding exhibition events in the regions and to improve quality of exhibition activities in Russia as a whole.


The NEMOSKVA Project was initiated in 2017 as a strategic project to develop modern culture in Russian regions in 2018-2022. Its purpose is to develop horizontal communications, to promote regional artists and curators, to study current local situations through professional dialog, to create new opportunities for international collaboration.

The curatorial school team:

Alisa Prudnikova – Commissioner of the NEMOSKVA Project, Regional Development Director of the ROSIZO-SCMA;

Anastasia Lomonosova – Executive Director of the NEMOSKVA Project; Maria Kalinina – Curator of the Educational Program of the School;

Larisa Grinberg – Curator of the Parallel Program of the School; Ivan Novikov – Coordinator of the School.

Contact e-mail: cs.nemoskva@gmail.com.