This event takes place at the British Library on 

A day-long exploration of 600 years of collecting Italian books in the UK.

Meet specialists from libraries, the book trade, publishing and academia, to explore the amazingly rich variety of Italian book collections in the UK, from Dante to Ferrante, and the ways they’ve been acquired and read over the last 600 years.

Whether found in major public institutions or hidden away in lesser-known collections, the presence of these books reflects the long history of Anglo-Italian relations, from the Grand Tour to the Risorgimento and beyond.

After a series of talks on individual collections the day will end with a round-table discussion on ways of using and promoting this important historical legacy as well as at the issues surrounding the publication and acquisition of Italian books in a digital age.


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An exhibition by Vittoria Beltrame

Beatrice Covassi: A European Journey

29th of June – 5th of July 2022, 10am – 8pm
Drinks reception 30th of June, 7pm – 10pm

All proceeds to be donated to the Ukrainian refugees crisis

J/M Gallery,

 230 Portobello Road, W11 1LJ


A collaboration between diplomat and artist Beatrice Covassi and curator Vittoria Beltrame is bringing to fruition the exhibition ‘Beatrice Covassi: A European Journey,’ for which all proceeds will be donated to aid the Ukrainian refugees crisis.

As a representative of the European Union, Beatrice Covassi has lived and worked in many countries around the world, producing art as she goes. She has exhibited around the world in places such as Belgium, Turkey, Italy, Spain and America and her works can now be found in private collections worldwide. In her works, Covassi focuses on the prime material — technique successfully used by Italian artists of the Post-War period of the Arte Povera, which can be seen in Covassi’s use of materials such as cardboard. This is contrasted by Covassi’s use of rich media such as gold and powder pigments. This gives life to vibrant colours that highlight her Italian roots and influences, where old masters such as Titian also made use of important tints (e.g. red and blue). The strong reds and blues are nevertheless then balanced by the breeziness and freedom of the abstract forms, leaving the audience with an impactful range of emotions to embrace

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The British-Italian Society and the Society for Italian Studies have announced the latest winners of the biennial BIS Prizes.

The winner of the 2021 Postgraduate Prize (£500) is Dr Claudia Dellacasa of Durham University for her thesis, Italo Calvino in Japan, Japan in Italo Calvino: A Cross-Cultural Encounter.

The 2021 Undergraduate Prize (£250) was awarded to Freya Cazalet of Cambridge University for her dissertation, The Sleeping Guards: Depictions of the Resurrection in Trecento Italy.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the competition again attracted a large number of entries from students at British and Irish Universities on a wide range of Italian cultural themes. The judges strongly commended the winners for producing highly innovative and impressive pieces of work.

The judges also awarded joint runner-up prizes to two candidates in each category. In both cases, two candidates had scored similar high marks for impressive entries. In the Postgraduate category the runner-up award was shared between Dr Anna Lisa Somma of Birmingham University and Dr Maddalena Moretti of Leeds University.

At Undergraduate level, the runner-up prize was shared between Isabelle Ragnetti of King’s College, London and Ella Powell of Birmingham University.

Our warmest congratulations go to all the prize-winners, who also receive one year’s honorary membership of the Society.
We look forward to welcoming them to an event in 2022!