By Visual Arts team

19 July 2017 - 11:22

Our Venice Fellows don’t just look after Phyllida Barlow’s sculptures at the British Pavilion, they also spend 12 days of their 4 weeks in Venice working on their own research projects.

Each Fellow chooses a topic related to Venice or the Biennale’s theme and spends 12 days taking photos, making films, writing notes and digesting their experiences into a research project.

To inspire this year’s Fellows, we wanted to share with you some examples from 2016 Venice Fellows, who responded to themes around the Architecture Biennale and the exhibition Home Economics. The resulting projects take all sorts of formats, from films to photo essays, infographics to written texts:

  • Read this essay by Grace Quah (available to download below)
  • Look at the images that Fiona Haines created with a pinhole camera submerged under the water during the Aqua Alta
  • Watch Danielle Devoglio’s film, entitled Declining Permanence and embedded above, on the dramatic decrease of Venice’s permanent population
  • See how Sam Power used an infographic to show how visitors to the exhibition from different cultures and nations had different outlooks and opinions on the home (available to download below).

Hear from Edward Crooks, who took part in the Venice Fellowships programme at the 2016 Architecture Biennale

Edward travelled to Florence, Italy, in April 2017 to talk about his experience and was interviewed by the British Council in Italy. 

An image from Ebb & Flow, a research project by Fiona Haines, Venice Fellow 2016
An image from Ebb & Flow, a research project by Fiona Haines, Venice Fellow 2016 ©

Fiona Haines

Take a look at 2016 Fellows’ blog

Our Visual Arts team is giving feedback on this year’s Venice Fellows research proposals and we look forward to sharing their projects with you in the coming months.