British School at Rome (Accademia Britannica di archeologia, storia e belle arti)
• Website: bsr.ac.uk • Address: Via Antonio Gramsci, 61, 00197 Roma, Italy
Location and nearby attractions
The BSR is situated in the heart of the city, near the Museo Borghese and the Italian National Gallery of Modern Art
A stone’s throw to the south is Italy’s National Gallery of Modern Art. The Villa Giulia, famous for its Etruscan treasures, is close by to the west. The Zoological gardens and Biopark are adjacent to the east. The Borghese Museum and Gallery is a pleasant walk across the Borghese Gardens. The Villa Medici on the Pincian Hill, in the south-west corner of the Gardens, gives marvellous views of Rome. The Porta Pinciana leads into Via Vittorio Veneto.
The tram (T) provides ready access to other parts of Rome, as does the Metro (M). From Flaminio, on Metro Linea A, Spagna (Spanish Steps) is one stop east and Repubblica (Diocletian’s Baths), two further. St Peter’s and the Vatican Museums are two stops to the west across the Tiber.
Accommodation and facilities
The William Fletcher Resident will have exclusive use of an artist’s studio at the BSR, with loft sleeping-quarters and en-suite bathroom, and be supplied with most meals.
Facilities at the BSR are most suitable for artists involved in painting and drawing, including illustrators. For sculptors and printmakers, we provide the following advice from the BSR (from 2010):
Sculptors may be able to work in wax and plaster in their studios (several people have done so lately). However, our workshop is very small and basic and there is no way, space-wise and finance-wise, we can provide art school-level facilities.
Regarding printmaking, we still have the old woodblock press that can be (and has been) used for etching, but we do not have any silkscreening materials or facilities.
Other facilities at the BSR include an extensive library, a pleasant dining room and lounge with TV and video. The central cortile is used for dining on some occasions. (See these on the BSR virtual tour, above)
The William Fletcher Resident is required to contribute to the “end of term” exhibition at the BSR, and the entry fee will be paid by the Foundation (worth about $A1 500).