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NEW FOREST PAVILION - 52ND INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBTION: LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

Date: June 2007

Exhibition Type: A Collaborative Project

As part of a collaboration with ArtSway – the centre for contemporary art in the New Forest – the Arts Institute at Bournemouth and text + work were involved in the 52nd International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale), with a collateral exhibition entitled ‘New Forest Pavilion’.

New Forest Pavilion’ showcased the work of five international artists who had previously been artists in residence at ArtSway, and one independent artist nominated by the Southern Collaborative Arts Network. They were Simon Faithfull; Beate Gütschow; Anne Hardy; Igloo (Ruth Gibson and Bruno Martelli); Melanie Manchot; and Stanza.

‘New Forest Pavilion’ was open between 10th June and 1st July at the Palazzo Zenobio in the Dorsoduro district of Venice, with many infl uential members of the international artistic community visiting.

Notable visitors included the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; Kathy Kubicki from Audio Arts who described it as as a must see on the British Council list commenting that everyone she had met during her visit to the Biennale was recommending it; and Andrew Graham Dixon, Art Critic and Presenter on the Culture Show, who fi lmed a piece in the Palazzo Zenobio.

In addition to ‘New Forest Pavilion’, the Palazzo Zenobio catered for other exhibitions away from the main Giardini including artists from Scotland; Armenia; the Istituto Italo-Latino Americano; and perhaps most noticeable, Australia, with Callum Morton’s creation ‘Valhalla’ – a ruined thundering version of his own family’s house that is a gateway to heaven or hell.

‘New Forest Pavilion’ also involved our MA and BA (Hons) Fine Art students who were an integral part of the organisation and the whole Venice Biennale experience.

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

The first ever Venice Biennale took place in 1895, as an occasion to celebrate the silver anniversary of King Umberto and Margherita of Savoy. Rich in history and controversy, it is the oldest, the biggest and the most prestigious of over 60 Biennales currently existing worldwide and is often referred to as the Olympic Games of the art world. 29 national pavilions, built at various periods by the participating countries themselves, are hosted in the Giardini, and in recent decades the exhibition has spread to the Arsenale. 76 national pavilions and 34 collateral events were presented at this year’s Biennale, with works spilling out into various venues scattered throughout the city of Venice.

Professor Robert Storr, a former Museum of Modern Art curator and recently appointed Dean of the Yale School of Art, is this year’s Director and the fi rst American in the history of the Biennale to take on this role. His title ‘Think With the Senses Feel With the Mind – Art in the Present Tense’ refl ects the ethos of art as not just an aesthetic experience but as a sensory one as well, asking the viewer to respond directly as well as conceptually to exhibitions.

ARTSWAY COLLABORATION

The collaboration between the Institute and ArtSway was made possible due to an AHRC Knowledge Transfer and Catalyst scheme awarded to Stephanie James earlier this year. The award brings the academic expertise of the Institute to the business enterprise of ArtSway.

Josepha Sanna, a BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate from the Institute was appointed as Research Assistant in March by Jim Hunter, Stephanie James and Mark Segal. She worked with ArtSway in the preparations leading up to the Venice Biennale and played an active part in the realisation of the ‘New Forest Pavilion’ catalogue and text+work ‘Word Matters’ seminars.

Felicity Harvest, Executive Director of the Arts Council England commented, “The collaboration between the Arts Institute at Bournemouth and ArtSway is the way forward. The Arts Council see this partnership as a model for the kinds of projects that will be funded in the future.” This collaboration continues with a text+work publication accompanying ArtSway’s forthcoming exhibition, Nathaniel Mellors ‘The Timesurgeon’; and Josepha undertaking research into ArtSway’s audience development.

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