Careers in Art: the art told by the youth

From users to creators of cultural content

Let us imagine trying to tell art with contemporary tools. Who better than a large group of young, passionate and creative students to lead us on this multi-faceted adventure? Careers in Art, a project aiming to bridge the gap between passion and professions in the art world through theoretical and practical workshops. Alongside the students, the key player in the project is Gallerie d’Italia museums with their three historic palazzos and art collections, under the scrutiny of the young participants.

Nicolas Ballario, critic and journalist expert in art communication and tutor of one of the Careers in art workshops, introduces us to the adventure experienced by the young students throughout the year.

Five workshops came to life with different objectives that highlighted the potential of the new forms of art communication.

The three venues of Gallerie d'Italia and the projects of students from 7 Italian high schools

Milano. Gallerie di Piazza Scala. The works of art speak to us through social networks and immersive videos

The InstaArt workshop by the IV B class students of Liceo artistico Caravaggio contributed to the enhancement of collections from the nineteenth century with social posts. The students conducted an in-depth study into the works of the painter Giovanni Migliara, who through his art was able to offer glimpses and slices of life of the Lombard capital of his time. 

Simulation of social communication in the Gallerie d’Italia format.

In the ArtApp Workshop of Liceo artistico Brera, III DPG class created a fully immersive exhibition that guides visitors on a discovery of Gaetano Previati, defined in 1916 by Boccioni as “the greatest artist Italy has had since Tiepolo to date”.

The Gallerie d’Italia - Piazza Scala vault, which can be visited by appointment, also served as an inspiration for the IV B class students of Liceo Caravaggio, who dedicated some “posts” to it in order to intrigue and invite people to discover the place that stores important works from Intesa Sanpaolo’s 20th century collection. 

Simulation of social communication in the Gallerie d’Italia format.

Vicenza. Palazzo Leoni Montanari: from environmental protection to the unprecedented encounter between contemporary music and art in podcast format

The young students developed a way to combine fundamental topics, such as climate change and gender equality, within an artistic journey. Here’s how, with the Museum Impact workshop, a “Venus” in the courtyard of the Baroque palace submerged by water, as well as the prodigious sculpture by Agostino Fasolato “The fall of the rebel angels” are able to overcome the constant struggle between good and evil with acts of human fraternity. Or an idyllic landscape of Vicenza by Zuccarelli tarnished by the smog enveloping the surroundings or a Hercules who, in his many labours, succumbs to the harmful effects of pollution.

Pictures are worth a thousand words: I.I.S. Boscardin IV ALA class students illustrated highly topical themes along the museum itinerary, with totems illustrating the goals of the United Nations agenda for sustainable development.

The AscoltArti workshop produced 11 podcasts comprising a collection of modern musical pieces which, had they been around in the artists’ time, could have inspired, according to the young students’ imagination, the birth of their works. Hence the birth of unpredictable combinations in highly impressive spacetime short-circuits.

To give an example, an 18th century work by Pietro Longhi school exhibited in Vicenza, “Lo svenimento della dama” - Pietro Longhi’s artwork
, is told in a podcast with a very original “soundtrack”.


Napoli. Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano. New digital ways to discuss the major issues on the UN 2030 Agenda. From awareness-raising videos to international podcasts

The AscoltArti project then gave rise to the English and French translation workshop of the podcasts already produced within the scope of the same project. Once again in Naples, the Museum Impact workshop worked on the communication of some of the priorities of the coming decades for a fair and sustainable global development, including the enhancement of the role that the museum spaces acquire in encouraging good sustainability practices and the fight against climate change. The initiative gave rise to logos linked to international days dedicated to social issues and the proposal to dedicate cultural awareness initiatives in the museums at different times of the year. The whole process was curated by the students of the Boccioni-Palizzi IVA Sede Boccioni and by the IVG class Sede Palizzi.

The young students of Liceo E. Fonseca, III A and III B classes, specialising in language studies, took care of the translation into English of a podcast produced by the students of III C class of the same institute, in the context of the AscoltArti Workshop, which has as its object the painting by Van Pitloo, Peasant couple in Neapolitan costume, exhibited at Gallerie d’Italia - Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano. 


The aim of the translation workshop was to involve an international audience in the project. The students were thus able to experience first-hand the issues associated with the transfer of content into another language and to create podcasts capable of bringing the public from beyond the border closer to the Gallerie d’Italia works.


Gallerie d'Italia and Intesa Sanpaolo in support of young talents

We believe in the value of supporting the art world and promoting talent. We support projects that make it easier for young people to approach art and culture professions, and we promote orientation and training initiatives for young people. We enhance and open our important artistic and historical heritage to the public, to ensure it continues to be one of our country’s values.

The Careers in Art project was created in collaboration with Next Level, the association that, since 2016, has been forging links and creative sparks between Gallerie d’Italia - Intesa Sanpaolo’s three museum hubs in Milan, Naples and Vicenza - and hundreds of pupils from Italy’s secondary schools.