The British Council today issues the open call for proposals to curate the British Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2020, which will run between May and November 2020.
The British Council invites teams to submit a concept proposal for an exhibition that will explore contemporary architectural practice with bold ideas that inspire, challenge and address today’s most relevant issues.
It also sets out that the proposals should make full use of the unique opportunity offered by the British Pavilion and offer a new way to express and communicate fresh perspectives to a wide and diverse international audience.
For the first time, the open call for the British Pavilion has been launched before La Biennale’s announcement of their lead curator and the central theme for 2020. This gives the successful team more preparation time for the exhibition. They may then adapt or develop the proposition to respond to the central theme when it is announced, although this is not mandatory.
Sarah Mann, Director, Architecture Design Fashion and Commissioner of the British Pavilion, British Council said:
“The curatorship of the British Pavilion 2020 exhibition is a unique opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the rich diversity of British culture, and to present those ideas at the world’s most prestigious architecture exhibition.
"At a time of great change for the UK’s role in the world, the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale aims to create debate that both challenges and influences the future of British architecture. The open call is an opportunity for us to hear from the UK architecture sector about contemporary British practice and the issues that matter most."
The project requires a cross-disciplinary team, which must include a curator to lead the project and manage the team. Other team members may include architects, researchers, writers, artists, critics, along with collectives and teams from institutions and organisations.
The lead applicant must be a resident or working in the UK and have a strong connection to contemporary British architecture, although team members do not need to be UK born.
Applications will close at midnight on Monday 18 February 2019 and up to 12 shortlisted teams will be asked to develop proposals further before being interviewed by a selection panel.
The Architecture Selection Committee includes:
Pooja Agrawal, Co-founder, Public Practice
Eva Franch I Gilabert, Director, Architectural Association School of Architecture
Gabrielle Jenks, Digital Director of Manchester International Festival
Indy Johar, Co-founder, Architecture 00
Alan Jones, RIBA President Elect 2019
Jim MacDonald, CEO, Architecture & Design Scotland
Sarah Mann, Commissioner, British Pavilion; Director, Architecture Design Fashion, British Council
Farshid Moussavi, Founder, Farshid Moussavi Architecture
Oliver Wainwright, Architecture and Design Critic, The Guardian
For more information, including full details of the submission guidelines and timings please visit: https://venicebiennale.britishcouncil.org/open-call
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