Venice Tales and Fellowships

By Alice Bufton Nat Welham and Nansi Jones with the British Council and RIBA North

Tuesday 27th November at 5pm Budden Lecture Theatre

Leverhulme Building,
University of Liverpool School of Architecture,

Venice and British Council Biennale Fellowships 

A Talk by the LSA 2018 Fellows 
Alice Bufton, Nathaniel Welham and Nansi Jones


Suzy Jones. Director RIBA North who was part of the selection panel for the 2018 British Pavilion
Genevieve Marciniak, British Council, Venice Fellowships Programme Manager

Alice, Nansi and Nathaniel each spent a month working and researching in Venice this summer as part of the 2018 fellowships programme sponsored by a British Council and LSA partnership. Their talk will highlight some of their amazing experiences and research.

Outputs of their research will be on display at RIBA North in Spring alongside that of the other 70 fellows from around UK.

Genevieve and Suzy will present the fellowships programme (including the 2019 launch) and discuss the significance of the Biennale to the RIBA.

VENICE and BRITISH Council Biennale Fellowships

"The British Council launched the Venice Fellowships in 2014, creating partnerships with architecture schools and arts institutions from around the UK as a means to offer a steward-study opportunity for students from the partner institutions, and to enrich engagement around the British Pavilion.

The same year, Architecture Biennale curator Rem Koolhaas called for the international exhibition to be a global research project. The British Council created the Venice Fellowships for students and volunteers to further their knowledge and expertise in architecture and contribute to one of the most significant architecture events in the world.

In 2017, the Venice Fellowships expanded to become an annual programme, taking place for the first time during the Art Biennale, with Phyllida Barlow representing Britain at the British Pavilion during the 57th International Art Exhibition.  

In 2018, during the Architecture Biennale, the Programme welcomed students and researchers from disciplines ranging from fine art to architecture, design, curation and anthropology. Fellows have reported benefiting from conversations between disciplines and research areas, and we hope to continue to diversify disciplines within future cohorts. 

 The Programme also developed an increased focus on the Fellows’ research projects and we have encouraged Fellows and Partners to engage a wider audience with their work once they have returned. In 2019, we are seeking to frame Fellows’ research responses as an extension of programming in response to Cathy Wilkes’s work, and look forward to developing this aspect of the Fellowships.

Furthermore, in 2018 many Fellows had the opportunity to assist with delivering public events with partners including Tate Collective, the Royal Academy of Arts and Studio Wayne McGregor. We hope to continue involving the Fellows in delivering aspects of the public programme around the 2019 Biennale in Venice."

British Council

Deadline for applications for 2019 fellowship programme is 2nd December and is currently open to MArch 4 students

Alice, Nansi and Nathaniel can be heard discussing their experiences here

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