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Venice Biennale Fellowships 2016: Open Call

Venice Biennale Fellowships 2016: Open Call British Pavilion 2014 © Cristiano Corte for the British Council

British Pavilion 2014 © Cristiano Corte for the British Council

14 March 2016
by Debbie Leane

The Opportunity

The British Council is inviting applications for Steward-Research Fellowships to take place during the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. Successful candidates will spend one month in Venice. They will invigilate the British Pavilion four days per week and use the remaining time to undertake a research project inspired by the British Pavilion exhibition, Home Economics, as part of a wider response to the Biennale theme, Reporting from the Front. All Fellows will receive a sponsored grant of £1,600 to cover travel, accommodation and living costs.

The British Council launched the Venice Fellowships programme in 2014, creating partnerships with architecture schools and arts institutions from around the UK as a means to offer steward-study opportunity for students from partner institutions. For the 2016 Biennale, this programme is being expanded to include sponsored career development fellowships that are open to recent graduates and apprentices across the broad range of creative arts as well as to students.

Individuals meeting the eligibility criteria below are entitled to apply for one of 30 Steward-Research Fellowships. The successful candidates will spend up to 31 days in Venice as part of a group of eight individuals responsible for invigilating the British Pavilion each month and taking part in a dedicated research programme.

Venice Architecture Biennale

The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale will run from 28 May - 27 November 2016, with a preview taking place 25 - 27 May. In line with its launch in 2014 as a global research project, the Architecture Biennale offers an important opportunity to review and rethink important aspects of architecture.

The director for 2016 is Alejandro Aravena who has set the theme: Reporting from the Front. The biennale is focussed on the resourcefulness and “vitality” in which architecture responds to the demands of civil society. 

In the British Pavilion, the exhibition Home Economics will explore urgent questions about the role of housing and domestic space in the material reality of familiar life. Can the house ever escape its economic status as an asset? Should our homes still be considered private spaces? How do new types of families produce new spatial needs? What are the models of ownership, finance and work that make these conditions possible?

Fellows will look at how architecture in Venice responds to periods of occupancy. Under a structured research programme, fellows will devise a research proposal in advance of their travel to Venice, and will be assisted by receiving feedback from British Pavilion exhibition contributors and industry experts.

How to apply

Further information on the Fellowship, eligibility, and how to apply are all detailed on the Open Call document.

The deadline for submissions is 17:00 GMT Friday 1 April 2016.