Applications for the British Council Venice Biennale for Early to Mid-Career Visual Arts Curators in 2022.
The British Council is looking for applications by five early to mid-career visual arts curators from the UK and five early to mid-career visual arts curators from Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, or Zimbabwe whose practices are collaborative and draw from personal experience or interpretation of identity, gender, and race politics.
Together, they will travel to the Venice Biennale for an enriching programme of activities and events in celebration of the historic number of black and African women artists and countries participating in this year’s Biennale for the first time such as Cameroon, Namibia, and Uganda.
Worth of Award
The delegation is fully funded and includes:
- A programme of networking, events and Pavilion visits
- Travel to Venice and to and from airport
- A daily stipend of £50 for meals/local travel
- Access budget to support atypical childcare needs, D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent delegate needs
Applicants do not have to hold a relevant degree or have had formal education, but they must:
- Be over 18 years old to apply
- Be based in the UK, but do not need to be a national of the UK OR
- Be based in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, or Zimbabwe but do not need to be a national of these countries
- Not be in full or part-time formal undergraduate education
- Be an early to mid-career curator
- The programme will be delivered in English and is not for artists
- Applications made by those who have not received support from British Council in the last two years will be prioritized.
How to Apply
Applicants are expected to provide the following:
- Curriculum Vitae (No more than 2 A4 pages)
- A signed letter of support by someone you have worked with, or for professionally, but NOT a family member or friend (No longer than 1 A4 page)
And must answer the following questions:
- Why do you want to participate in this delegation and how will it benefit your career development and connection with the African visual arts sector (for those applying from the UK) or the UK visual arts sector (from those applying from Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, or Zimbabwe) (Max 350 words)
- Thinking of the themes of the delegation, which Venice Biennale artist participating this year inspires you and why? (Max 250 words)
- Explain how your personal experience or interpretation of identity, gender and race politics informs your curatorial practice (Max 350 words)
If you are submitting a video application, the video must be:
- No more than five minutes maximum in length (The selection panel will only watch the first five minutes of any longer videos), submitted as an mp4 or mov file
- Delivered in English and/or with an interpreter for D/deaf sign language-using candidates
- Applicants must clearly state the question before their responses
- A clear recording – no distracting background noise etc, but does not need to be professionally recorded
- No more than 20 MB (please note you may need to compress your file to do this – as long as it is a clear recording the production quality does not matter)
Deadline: Applications for the British Council Venice Biennale Sunday, September 11, 2022, 11.59 pm, BST.