2017 Venice Biennale Volunteer Exhibition Attendants & Interns announced
The Australia Council for the Arts has announced 14 Volunteer Exhibition Attendants and two University of Melbourne Interns as part of the Venice Biennale Professional Development Program.
Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale began in 1954 and since then, 38 distinguished contemporary visual artists have exhibited. In 2017, internationally acclaimed artist Tracey Moffatt will be the first Indigenous solo artist to represent Australia at the 57th Venice Biennale with an installation entitled MY HORIZON, curated by Natalie King.
Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said the Australia Council’s Professional Development Program, running for the duration of the Biennale from 9 May to 26 November 2017, is an important part of Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale, the world’s oldest and most prestigious biennale of contemporary art.
“The Australia Council has proudly managed Australia’s representation at Venice Biennale since 1978 and, at each Biennale the Australia Council delivers a Professional Development Program which supports Emerging Curators, Exhibition Team Leaders and Exhibition Attendants. Over the past 20 years, the Australia Council has supported more than 180 art workers involved in this program,” Mr Grybowski said.
“Tracey Moffatt’s 2017 exhibition marks the significant occasion of the first solo exhibition at the Australian Pavilion by a First Nations artist and in 2017, we’re delighted that half of the successful Volunteer Exhibition Attendants identify as First Nations people, making this the strongest First Nations participation in the Professional Development Program to date.
“The Program enables the participants to experience a wide range of contemporary art practice in an international context and work collaboratively with the State and Territory-supported Emerging Indigenous Curators and Exhibition Team Leaders who will be announced early next year,” Mr Grybowski said.
The 14 Volunteer Exhibition Attendants will support the Exhibition Team Leaders in the daily operations of the exhibition and pavilion during the Venice Biennale 2017. This will provide an opportunity to deepen their vocational experience by creating connections with important industry contacts, further developing their skills in gallery invigilation, education and administration, as well as contributing to the Australia Council’s Venice Biennale social media and communications.
For the third time, international internships with the Council’s Venice project team will be provided as part of an agreement between the University of Melbourne and the Australia Council for the Arts. The internship provides experience working on an international project at a national arts organisation, gaining working knowledge in arts administration, event coordination, marketing and communications, as well as delivering public programming and stakeholder management.
All positions are voluntary and participants are selected through an application process, with successful applications receiving assistance with travel, accommodation and day-to-day living expenses.
Also part of the Venice Biennale First Nations Program, an Australian delegation of First Nations Curators will attend the Biennale, supported by the Australia Council. They will participate in elements of the Council-led Champions program, providing an important perspective through leading tours of the exhibitions. They will provide mentoring and leadership to the Emerging First Nations Curators and will participate in a two-day International First Nations Curators Exchange, building on the work of First Nations Curators Exchanges held at APT8 in 2015 and New Zealand in 2016.
Volunteer Exhibition Attendants:
Volunteer Exhibition attendants are offered a unique opportunity to undertake work at the award-winning Australian Pavilion, providing assistance for four weeks each during the exhibition. The 2017 Volunteer Exhibition Attendants are:
Jirra Lulla Harvey (VIC), Dean Cross (NSW), Georgia Mokak (ACT), Miranda Johnson (WA), Amy-Clare McCarthy (QLD), Melissa McGrath (SA), Myles Russell-Cook (VIC), Sebastian Henry-Jones (NSW), Georgia MacGuire (VIC), Rebecca Holmes (TAS), Jane Gillespie (NSW), Rebekah Raymond (NSW), Adelina Onicas (VIC) and Shannon Brett (QLD).
The interns, undertaking a Master in Art Curatorship or Art and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne, will experience key operations of the Australia Council’s Venice project team, gaining valuable insight to high-level project management of a complex and multi-faceted international project. The 2017 interns are Jessica Row and Lara Dykun.