Venice Biennale Student Fellowships 2018

“Island at the British Pavilion in Venice”


BA Fine Art students, Vickki Jones and Charlotte Robinson have been selected for the prestigious Venice Biennale Student Fellowships for 2018. The Venice Fellowships programme is a unique opportunity for students to spend a month in Venice during the world’s most important art and architecture biennales, and is supported by the School of the Arts and the British Council.

Fellows share their time between invigilation of the British Pavilion exhibition and independent research. The themes of the individual research projects are guided by the focus of the Biennale and the exhibition, and can be steered by university interests and course links.

Charlotte and Vickki will have the chance to spend a month in Venice during the Biennale Exhibition, and will be able to conduct independent research in and around Venice, enhancing their professional practice. They will also receive training on exhibition invigilation and access, and gain experience of exhibition stewarding and condition checking of art work, as well as networking with creative peers across the UK and the international art world.

The British Council will present Island at the British Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, which will run from 26 May to 25 November 2018. 

The curatorial team, Caruso St John Architects working in collaboration with artist Marcus Taylor, responds to the 2018 Biennale’s theme of Freespace – set by Biennale curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects – with the construction of a new public space on the roof of the British Pavilion. This elevated piazza will offer visitors to the Giardini a place to meet and a unique vantage point looking out across the Lagoon. At the centre of this new public space, the peak of the Pavilion’s roof protrudes up through the floor, suggesting both an island and a sunken world beneath. Below, the doors of the Pavilion are open to visitors, but the building is empty of exhibits.

Throughout the Biennale, the British Pavilion will host a unique series of events including poetry, performance, film and architectural talks and debates in response to Freespace and ideas raised by Island.

In their statement, the curators Adam Caruso, Peter St John and Marcus Taylor said:

“There will be many ways to interpret the experience of visiting the 2018 British Pavilion. An island can be a place of both refuge and exile. The state of the building, which will be completely covered with scaffolding to support the new platform above, suggests many themes; including abandonment, reconstruction, sanctuary, Brexit, isolation, colonialism and climate change.”




For further information please contact:

Alan Buckingham

Programme Leader Art

School of the Arts

University of Bolton

Deane Road



Tel:01204 903378

Email: *protected email*

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