Lecture Series: Venice Biennale Fellowship Programme Launch

Triptych of images. On the left a mixed group of people standing on a set of concrete steps, in the middle a group of people in front of some opn bronze doors, on the right an aerial view of Venice with the lagoon and a cathedral visible in the middle.

Venice Biennale Fellowship Programme  

Wednesday 22nd November 2023, Room G18, 19-23 Abercromby Square

'Laboratory of the Future' 'Foreigners Everywhere'

The Venice Biennale (Italian: La Biennale di Venezia) was first hosted in Venice Italy in 1895 as a concept of locally based artists, art lovers and 'mayor poet' Ricardo Selvatico as 'an artistic event with an international profile.'

It is now an internationally re-knowned event hosted annually by the Biennale Foundation. The official Biennale exhibition is located in two venues in the east of the city; the Arsenale and the original Giardini di Castello. The Giardini is home to the Central Exhibition Pavilion and 29 national pavilions each of which presents a showcase  exhibition .

The Venice Fellowships Programme is a unique opportunity  for a one month group residency inside the British Pavilion  during Venice’s Biennale festival. A Fellow’s role is that of a public facing exhibition ambassador at the same time as carrying research fieldwork in Venice for their own creative practice. The Fellowship is run by British Council and a series of Partner Institutions. University of Liverpool’s School of Architecture is one such partner.

Talk Synopsis

We will hear from our  two LSA 2023 Fellows. Toby Barlow and Keisha Pearce who each spent a month in Venice during the Lesley Lokko curated ‘Laboratory of the Future' Architecture Biennale, 2018 Fellow Alice Bufton who spent a month in the Adam Caruso and artist Marcus Taylors ‘Island’ exhibition, Ilze Wolff who exhibited as part of Lesley Lokko’s Curators Exhibition.

British Councils’s  Becky Schutt will talk about the 2024 60th International Art Biennale Art ‘Foreigners Everywhere’ curated by Adriano Pedrosa. 

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about the possibility of becoming a 2024 fellow.

Click here for more details of the Venice Fellowship Programme at the British Council website

Queries to sandy.britton@liverpool.ac.uk