Friday lates: the Venice Biennale
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB750
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is the oldest international contemporary art exhibition in the world – the ‘Olympics’ of the contemporary art world. If you have ever wondered why the Biennale is a landmark on the contemporary cultural scene, or the story of why and how it was established, this short introduction invites you to discover more.
On this course we will explore some of the motivations that led to the instigation of the Biennale in the context of late 19th century and early 20th century geopolitics. What role does contemporary art play as a signifier of national ‘soft power’? Discover some of the earliest countries to have represented art on behalf of their nations at the Biennale, as well as more recent additions.
This course will also discover the curatorial theme behind ‘The Milk of Dreams’ inspired by a short story by Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, as presented in this year’s 59th International Biennale. Featured will be selected highlights of new work by some of the contemporary artists represented this year including Sonia Boyce, Zineb Sedira, Simone Leigh, Yuki Kihara, Pauliina Feodoroff, Máret Ánne Sara, Anders Sunna, Acaye Kerunen, Collin Sekajugo and Alberta Whittle.
NB: This course may contain content that some learners may find of a sensitive or challenging nature.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• A short introduction to the historical background to the Venice Biennale.
• Discussion of the significance that contemporary art holds as an example of cultural ‘soft power’.
• Explore the concept behind ‘The Milk of Dreams’, the curatorial theme of this year’s Biennale.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of this course you should be able to:
· Acquire knowledge of the historical origins of the Venice Biennale.
· Boost your confidence in discussing examples of contemporary art by selected artists.
· Identify artworks by at least three contemporary artists represented in this year’s Biennale.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information as well as basic functions of Zoom, specifically microphone and camera.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may wish to have a notebook for taking notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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Chantal Condron has worked widely in the public and private arts sector for over 25 years including at the Government Art Collection, Tate, Sotheby's, Visiting Arts and University of London Library. She holds a BA in History of Art & Architecture from the University of East Anglia; and an MA in History of Art & Archaeology from SOAS, University of London. Chantal is currently the curator of public engagement at the Government Art Collection where her recent projects include delivering the public programme for Ways of Seeing, the loan of almost 70 artworks to unusual public spaces in Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture. As curator of modern and contemporary art, she led art programmes at the University of Hull, Whitechapel Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Ulster Museum, Belfast; and she has presented art talks widely in the UK and abroad. In 2019, her book, 'Peter Hedegaard', the first monograph on the Danish abstract artist, was published by Rocket Gallery, London.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.