Nelly Fili

Senior Partner – Archaeologist – Museologist – Curator


Nelly Fili is an archaeologist, museologist and independent curator, born in Athens, Hellas.

Despite her family’s background in finance, she devoted herself to her scientific orientation and gained wide range of advanced knowledge, concerning the art sector, by combining such disciplines as Archaeology, Museology and Curating. This specific combination constituted the conducive factor that provided her a variety of necessary skills and a general awareness in conceptualizing and designing exhibitions and cultural projects of different contexts.

EDUCATION

After graduating from the private school “Costeas-Geitonas”, her main academic background is comprised of:

  • Bachelor Degree in Archaeology and History of Art from the Faculty of History and Archaeology of the School of Philosophy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with completed historical approach towards the study of societies, and
  • Master of Arts in “Museum and Gallery Management” from the Department of Arts Policy and Management at the City University of London which, among others, allowed her to gain advanced knowledge of the Arts Management and the creative economy of the Arts industry.

But, it was through the international faculty and interdisciplinary lectures and the Award Certificate in Curatorial Studies from the School for Curatorial Studies in Venice, Italy, (the city where The Venice Biennale, the oldest and most prestigious exhibition of contemporary art and architecture, internationally, takes place) that she increased her understanding of the intellectual and technical tasks of the curator figure related to the set-up of exhibitions and projects.

Additionally, always believing in the importance of the lifelong learning, she stayed updated on new initiatives and trends in the sector by undertaking art and culture oriented training seminars and workshops (at Christie’s Hellas, Hellenic Department of ICOM, Hellenic Children’s Museum, etc.).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

During her professional career, her strong engagement with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture prepared her well for a variety of practical and administrative duties since she worked as Consultant for cultural, archaeological and museological issues and Head of Public Relations of the Minister of Culture. She was part of the concerted effort to improve Hellenic State Museums and responsible for their serious upgrading and restructuring while she facilitated also the planning and implementation of a great number of national and international cultural events, organized by the Ministry of Culture.

She has also been Consultant for Cultural Issues and Head of Public Relations of the Mayor of the City of Piraeus, while, notable is her executive experience in the family business “FILIS CONSULTING Ltd” heading an Organizing Team which created and developed large scale cultural events.

Moreover, she has worked as researcher archaeologist at the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens and assistant collections manager at the British Museum within the framework of Internships by the City University of London.

She is co-founder of  |’n Art| www.n-art.org,  a corporate art e-tool for galleries and individuals, whilst she chooses to participate in prominent exhibition projects, especially abroad, like the exhibition “Good Night, and Good Luck.” at Venice, Italy during the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale; a collaborative project by eight curators, coming from worldwide, with the A plus A Gallery in Venice, Italy, and The Cool Couple artist duo.

PUBLICATIONS

A selection of her publication activity is listed here below:

  • essay published in the catalogue of the exhibition “Good Night, and Good Luck.” at A plus A Gallery in Venice, Italy, “Black Art Market, the appropriation and illicit trafficking of antiquities and the hidden nefarious purposes that consolidate the management of exerting power in this field.” http://aplusa.it/exhibitions/c-c-personal-exhibition/#
  • article published on the Young Heritage Experts Online Journal, under the Special Contributions section, “Can support be provided to enhance people’s learning if they are to engage effectively with museum collections and resources?” http://youngheritageexperts.weebly.com/special-contributions/learning-by-engaging-with-museum-collections 
  • Postgraduate Thesis, “Insurance Provisions for Museum Collections and the Case of Hellenic Museums”.

She is Member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

She is fluent in Greek (native) and English, has studied French and Spanish and has also received classical ballet and contemporary dance education for nearly 15 years.

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