Visual Art Students take on the mammoth 2013 Venice Biennale.
ACU students have just returned from an all-encompassing tour, attending lectures tours and seminars at the world's biggest art festival, the Venice Biennale. Established in 1895, the Venice Biennale is the oldest and most important event on the international contemporary visual arts calendar. It is also the world’s largest non-commercial art exhibition, and in 2013 featured shows from countries across the entire city.
This year ACU was selected as a Biennale Sessions member organisation, giving the 22 students special access to facilities, and much cheaper admission to the various exhibitions.
In addition to attending the main Biennale exhibitions in the Arsenale and Giardini sites, they attended some of the over 40 collateral exhibitions and 88 national exhibitions, including of course Australia's.
The students also had lectures and toured historical exhibitions such as the Academia, Dogana and the Guggenheim.
Dr Uros Cvoro, senior lecturer in Art History and Theory, Lachlan Warner, senior lecturer in Visual Arts, and Narelle Fabien from Campus life led the Study Tour.
Dr Uros gave specific talks with students on particular artists, and Mr Warner delivered talks on the sites and their histories as well as coordinating the guest speakers at the Biennale, the Guggenheim and the Dogana.
Both lecturers have attended the Venice Biennale a number of times, as well as other major International Exhibitions and are acquainted with artists in the Biennale, including the Australian representative, Simryn Gill, and the Icelandic representative, Kata Sigadottir.