The Founder

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

Believing in the cultivation of a supportive and inclusive cross-cultural platform for both artists and collectors, she founded |’n Art|. Due to her passion and devotion to her scientific orientation, she gained wide range of advanced knowledge, concerning the art sector, by combining such disciplines as Archaeology, Museology and Curating. This specific combination and her diverse family background in financial services expertise provided her a variety of advanced skills, necessary in her role leading the artistic, economic and socio-ethical strategy of |’n Art|.

Her global experience consists of widely diverse art practices and norms since she chooses to participate in prominent exhibition projects, especially abroad, for instance the exhibition ‘Good Night, and Good Luck.‘ at Venice, Italy during the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale; a collaborative project by eight  worldwide curators with the A plus A Gallery in Venice, Italy, and The Cool Couple artist duo.
Moreover, she has launched a cooperation with International Foundation for Greece Aspasia Leventis (IFG), as Consultant on archaeological, museological and curatorial issues, incorporating the social responsibility mission and cultural heritage awareness goals of the charitable Foundation into arts.

EDUCATION
After graduating from the private school ‘Costeas-Geitonas‘, her academic achievements started with a

  • Bachelor Degree in Archaeology and History of Art from the Faculty of History and Archaeology from the School of Philosophy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She also holds a

  • Master of Arts in ‘Museum and Gallery Management’ from the Department of Arts Policy and Management at the City University of London which allowed her to gain valuable knowledge on how to form cultural policy that reflects diversity, multiculturism and involves all people in the learning and understanding process.  

But, it was through the international faculty and interdisciplinary lectures and

  • The Award Certificate in Curatorial Studies from the School for Curatorial Studies in VeniceItaly, (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 art trading and of the intellectual and technical curatorial practices in conceptualizing and designing exhibitions and cultural projects of different contexts.

Additionally, always believing in the importance of the lifelong learning, she stayed updated on new initiatives and trends in the sector by undertaking many art and culture oriented training seminars and workshops (at Christie’s HellasHellenic Department of ICOMHellenic 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

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.’ 
  • 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?‘ 
  • 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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