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The Venice Biennale has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world since the Art Biennale was inaugurated in 1895. A dedicated Architecture Biennale was established in 1980 and has gradually established its own identity running in alternate years to the Art Biennale. The 2012 Architecture Biennale attracted around 180,000 international visitors, giving a vital platform to architectural practice and the key related issues of society and space.

Since 1937, the British Council has managed the British Pavilion and has taken responsibility for the British representation at the biennale. While the exact model differs for each biennale, the curatorial team is appointed on the advice of a selection committee made up of prominent figures from the world of art, architecture, engineering and design. 

Alongside the national pavilion, the British Council also supports independent exhibitions from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which are not part of the official pavilions but that hold events across Venice during the biennale. You can explore the rich history of the British Pavilion from 1895 to the present on our British Pavilion in Venice website.

15 December 2016

Home Economics Roundup

Home Economics Roundup © Cristiano Corte

© Cristiano Corte

21 October 2016

What is the Future of Domestic Life?

What is the Future of Domestic Life?

2 August 2016

La Biennale di Venezia: August events

La Biennale di Venezia: August events Cristiano Corte

Cristiano Corte

2 August 2016

Beauty and Judgment: Venice Roundtable Discussion

Beauty and Judgment: Venice Roundtable Discussion Via Appia and Via Ardeatina from Le Antichita Romane, 1756; Giovanni Battista Prinanesi;  © Harvard Arts Museums

Via Appia and Via Ardeatina from Le Antichita Romane, 1756; Giovanni Battista Prinanesi; © Harvard Arts Museums

2 August 2016

Imagining the Future: Venice Talk

Imagining the Future: Venice Talk Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson

Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson

1 August 2016

Home Economics Book Launch

Home Economics Book Launch © The Spaces

© The Spaces

5 July 2016

Podcasts: Live from Home Economics

Podcasts: Live from Home Economics © Cristiano Corte

© Cristiano Corte

13 June 2016

How We Live Now: Guardian Cities Film Series

How We Live Now: Guardian Cities Film Series © THE GUARDIAN

© THE GUARDIAN

3 June 2016

Take a Tour of Home Economics

Take a Tour of Home Economics © Cristiano Corte

© Cristiano Corte

1 June 2016

Home Economics Opens at the British Pavilion

Home Economics Opens at the British Pavilion © Cristiano Corte

© Cristiano Corte

27 May 2016

Hesselbrand on DECADES for Home Economics

Hesselbrand on DECADES for Home Economics © HOME ECONOMICS #10, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

© HOME ECONOMICS #10, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

25 May 2016

Julia King on YEARS for Home Economics

Julia King on YEARS for Home Economics © HOME ECONOMICS #4, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

© HOME ECONOMICS #4, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

23 May 2016

Dogma and Black Square on MONTHS for Home Economics

Dogma and Black Square on MONTHS for Home Economics © HOME ECONOMICS #12, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

© HOME ECONOMICS #12, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

19 May 2016

åyr on DAYS for Home Economics

åyr on DAYS for Home Economics © HOME ECONOMICS #16, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

© HOME ECONOMICS #16, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

17 May 2016

Jack Self on HOURS for Home Economics

Jack Self on HOURS for Home Economics © HOME ECONOMICS #9, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

© HOME ECONOMICS #9, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

12 May 2016

Shumi Bose on the Collaborators for Home Economics

Shumi Bose on the Collaborators for Home Economics © HOME ECONOMICS #5, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

© HOME ECONOMICS #5, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

6 May 2016

Events Programme at Venice Architecture Biennale

Events Programme at Venice Architecture Biennale © Home Economics #1, 210x297mm, OK-RM and Matthieu Lavanchy, 2016

© Home Economics #1, 210x297mm, OK-RM and Matthieu Lavanchy, 2016

4 May 2016

Finn Williams on Home Economics

Finn Williams on Home Economics © HOME ECONOMICS #6, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

© HOME ECONOMICS #6, 210X297MM, OK-RM AND MATTHIEU LAVANCHY, 2016

26 April 2016

Venice Fellowships 2016 Induction Day

Venice Fellowships 2016 Induction Day © MILES MUNRO WILLIAMS

© MILES MUNRO WILLIAMS

25 April 2016

Venice Fellowships

Venice Fellowships © CRISTIANO CORTE

© CRISTIANO CORTE

14 March 2016

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

23 February 2016

Home Economics at the British Pavilion

Home Economics at the British Pavilion Days room, Home Economics at the British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 © British Council. Photo Cristiano Corte

Days room, Home Economics at the British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 © British Council. Photo Cristiano Corte

7 September 2015

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 FAQ

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 FAQ A Clockwork Jerusalem, British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 © Cristiano Corte for the British Council

A Clockwork Jerusalem, British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 © Cristiano Corte for the British Council

12 October 2014

Absorbing Modernity at Belfast Festival

Absorbing Modernity at Belfast Festival Courtesy Craigavon Borough Council

Courtesy Craigavon Borough Council

18 June 2014

A Clockwork Jerusalem: The Film

A Clockwork Jerusalem: The Film

7 June 2014

A Clockwork Jerusalem: The Book

A Clockwork Jerusalem: The Book

5 June 2014

A Clockwork Jerusalem opens in Venice

A Clockwork Jerusalem opens in Venice Cristiano Corte

Cristiano Corte

11 May 2014

Venice Biennale 2014 - Visitor information

Venice Biennale 2014 - Visitor information Valerie Bennett

Valerie Bennett

11 May 2014

Talks at the British Pavilion #2

Talks at the British Pavilion #2 Photo: Iwan Baan

Photo: Iwan Baan

23 April 2014

Venice Biennale Fellowships

Venice Biennale Fellowships © Grant Smith

© Grant Smith

6 August 2015

Call for Participation: Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

Call for Participation: Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 British Pavilion John Riddy

British Pavilion John Riddy

15 August 2013

Winning proposal for British Pavilion

Winning proposal for British Pavilion The British Pavilion.  Photograph by John Riddy

The British Pavilion. Photograph by John Riddy

18 July 2013

UPDATE: British Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

10 June 2013

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS - British Pavilion Open Call, Venice Architecture Biennale 2014

17 May 2013

Open Call for the British Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

Open Call for the British Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale The British Pavilion.  Photograph by John Riddy

The British Pavilion. Photograph by John Riddy

24 March 2013

Red Tape: The Enemy of Architecture?

Red Tape: The Enemy of Architecture? Risk and Responsibility Installation at the British Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2012  Photograph by Christiano Corte

Risk and Responsibility Installation at the British Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2012 Photograph by Christiano Corte

21 February 2013

Venice Takeaway at RIBA

Venice Takeaway at RIBA

30 January 2013

Venice Takeaway at RIBA: Events

Venice Takeaway at RIBA: Events

7 October 2012

'Nature or Nurture?' Swiss/UK Weekender

'Nature or Nurture?' Swiss/UK Weekender

6 September 2012

Venice Takeaway Opens

Venice Takeaway Opens  Photograph by Cristiano Corte

Photograph by Cristiano Corte

14 August 2012

La Biennale di Venezia 2012 - Venice Takeaway

La Biennale di Venezia 2012 - Venice Takeaway  dRMM - Swan swimming amongst waterhouses, IJburg, Waterbuurt West, Amsterdam

dRMM - Swan swimming amongst waterhouses, IJburg, Waterbuurt West, Amsterdam

13 March 2012

Venice Explorers announced

Venice Explorers announced The Social Playground - Image courtesy of Aberrant Architecture

The Social Playground - Image courtesy of Aberrant Architecture

12 January 2012

Venice Brief Launched!

Venice Brief Launched!  Graphics by Born Design

Graphics by Born Design

5 December 2011

Call for Participation for the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale

Call for Participation for the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale  The British Pavilion

The British Pavilion

28 October 2011

Salt Marsh relocated in Venice

Salt Marsh relocated in Venice Salt Marsh at the Serra dei Giardini in Venice.

Salt Marsh at the Serra dei Giardini in Venice.

15 September 2011

This Way Up: the installation has begun!

This Way Up: the installation has begun! Photo by Pan Studio

Photo by Pan Studio

6 June 2011

Villa Frankenstein on Film

Villa Frankenstein on Film The British Pavilion - Venice Biennale 2010

The British Pavilion - Venice Biennale 2010

2 March 2011

The Missing City

The Missing City Berry Street - with a brick wall blocking off West Belfast. Photo Vicky Richardson

Berry Street - with a brick wall blocking off West Belfast. Photo Vicky Richardson

19 December 2010

Villa Frankenstein two-part publication

Villa Frankenstein two-part publication  Villa Frankenstein Volume #2. Graphics by objectif

Villa Frankenstein Volume #2. Graphics by objectif

25 August 2010

Venice Biennale 2010

Venice Biennale 2010 The Stadium of Close Looking © Cristiano Corte

The Stadium of Close Looking © Cristiano Corte