Creative New Zealand is seeking proposals for the official New Zealand presentation at the 57th Venice Biennale. The Venice Biennale is the most prestigious event on the international contemporary visual arts calendar. Both curator or artist-led presentations are welcome.
16 Sep 2015
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This will be New Zealand’s 8th official exhibition at the Venice Biennale. A series of diverse and powerful presentations by New Zealand artists has preceded it and a legacy of brave, affecting, rich, resonant and superbly well executed work has been built.
Creative New Zealand has a very broad view of the possibilities and form that the 2017 presentation might take. It has no fixed expectation of a single or multiple artist concepts or of the media and artform. Both curator or artist-led presentations are welcome.
To be eligible to present in Venice at the New Zealand pavilion:
Please note that the artist(s) and/or curator will be required to travel to Venice between 23-30 October 2015 to visit the Biennale and support the selection of the venue for the 2017 pavilion.
Please contact Creative New Zealand to discuss your proposal and what’s funded.
You must contact Creative New Zealand to confirm your eligibility and to receive the proposal guidelines and a coversheet.
You will be required to prepare a proposal of no more than ten A4 pages (excluding support material) including:
The Venice Biennale is yet to announce the artistic director or curatorial direction for 2017 so proposals do not need to address a specific theme. The site and scale of the New Zealand pavilion will be chosen prior to the end of the current Biennale with the participation of the chosen team.
Proposals need to include details of the proposed exhibition concept, including:
A draft budget detailing:
Details of the proposed artist(s) and curator, including the individual team members’
Where the curator is employed by an organisation, the application must include a letter of support from the organisation indicating that the curator is being supported and/or released from other curatorial duties to undertake the 2017 Biennale project.
Your proposal must be submitted to Creative New Zealand by 5pm on the closing date. Late proposals will not be accepted.
The selection of the New Zealand participant(s) at the 2017 Biennale will be made by an assessment panel constituted by Creative New Zealand. The Commissioner will lead the process and will make a recommendation to the Arts Council for a final decision.
The 2017 assessment panel members are:
Alastair Carruthers, Commissioner 2017
Aaron Kreisler, Head, Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury
Dr Caroline Vercoe, Senior Lecturer, Art History, Auckland University
Charlotte Huddleston, Director, St Paul St Gallery
Dayle Mace, Patron
Heather Galbraith, Associate Professor, Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University and Venice Biennale Commissioner 2015
Judy Millar, artist, Venice Biennale 2009
Leigh Melville, Head of Patrons
Michael Prentice, Arts Council
Rose Evans, Arts Council
Chaired by Dr Dick Grant, Arts Council Chairman
The following criteria will be applied during the assessment process:
Note – In the event that the proposals received do not meet the criteria, Creative New Zealand reserves the right to select the exhibition by other means.
Decisions will be announced in mid-October 2015.
All team members are required to participate in a formal evaluation. Interim reporting during the development stages of the project may be required, this will be negotiated.
Project Director, NZ at Venice
Manager, International Special Projects & Cultural Exchange
09 373 3070 or 027 483 5230