The British Council has launched an open call for exhibition proposals for the British Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. The Biennale will take place from 26 May to 27 November 2016.
The Artistic Director for 2016, Alejandro Aravena, has stated that the international exhibition will be about “focusing and learning from architectures that through intelligence, intuition, or both of them at the same time, are able to escape the status quo.” The full statement from La Biennale can be found here.
The British Council is seeking expressions of interest in the form of short concept proposals for the theme and visual language of the exhibition. The proposals should contribute an acute observation of contemporary British architecture. You might critically analyse architectural practice or exemplary work where architecture makes a difference. We are also interested in the means by which these observations will be expressed and communicated to a wide audience, and the discussion that they will generate between professionals and the public.
Commissioner of the British Pavilion, Vicky Richardson, said: “We see the 2016 British Pavilion as an opportunity to take a good look at British architecture in all its forms, whether built work or critical ideas. There are many ways to approach this and we welcome bold and imaginative ideas for the format as well as the content of the exhibition.”
We are looking for an exhibition team which will include an architect and/or designer, and might also include researchers, artists, critics or other interested parties. The team will undertake multiple roles including conducting research and developing an original vision and coherent curatorial narrative, producing or sourcing all exhibition material, producing detailed designs for the exhibition and working with a production team to build it.
Selection will be via a two stage process: -
Stage 1: Initial expressions of interest will take the form of a short, illustrated concept statement. Proposals must be received by 12pm on 11 September 2015.
Stage 2: Three teams will be invited to work up a fully developed exhibition concept, which will be presented to the Selection panel. Final detailed proposals to be received by 5pm, 9 October 2015
The Selection panel will select one team to work collaboratively with the British Council, which will be responsible for project managing the exhibition production and catalogue, and developing the associated programme of events.
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The British Pavilion curatorial team will be chosen by the following panel:
A Selection panel chaired by the Vicky Richardson will select the exhibition team through the open call. The British Council and Selection panel are unable to give feedback on non-shortlisted proposals. The panel are:
Chair: Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture Design Fashion, British Council
Rob Gregory, Programme manager at Bristol Architecture Centre, History and Theory Course leader at University of Bath
Eddie Heathcote, Architecture and Design Critic for the Financial Times
Joanna Hogg, filmmaker and curator
Charlie Hussey, Director of Sutherland Hussey Harris
Marie Bak Mortensen, Head of Exhibitions, RIBA
Teresa Stoppani, Professor of Architecture and Head of The Leeds School of Architecture at Leeds Beckett University
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