Liveness 2021

Interesting Times in Venice
An exhibition of Fellowship works

Liveness 2021 (Archive)

The British Council commissioned the School of Art, Architecture and Design's Projects Office Kieran Wardle and Owain Williams to design an exhibition housing works by Venice Fellowship participants from the 2019 Biennale.

The works were inspired by the Biennale’s curatorial theme ‘May You Live in Interesting Times’, the British Pavilion (Cathy Wilkes), the Biennale experience and living in Venice for a month. The Fellows used their research time to develop their studies, skills and practice to produce these works. 

On display were paintings, photos, videos, prints and sculptures as well as QR codes to access online content and view zines and essays.

‘I am delighted to see artworks and research produced by Fellows from across the UK following their time in Venice last year. The Fellows are an important part of the show at the British Pavilion, and it is fantastic to now share their responses to Cathy Wilkes, the biennale and indeed Venice. It is very important to celebrate international experiences and more so than ever to support emerging artists and young practitioners. We thank our partner London Metropolitan University and all our exhibitors for carefully and considerately adapting the show for the safety and enjoyment of visitors.’ 

Emma Dexter, Director of Visual Arts

The exhibition was delayed from March, but delighted to be open during October 2020 under COVID measures, at the Atrium in Goulston Street.