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Biennale di Venezia 2011

bienThe Venice Biennale, or Biennale di Venezia is kind of like the Olympics of the art world.  Prizes include the Golden Lion for Best in Show and the Silver Lion for Best Emerging Artist, and the works of artists from different countries are displayed in pavilions reminiscent of World’s Fairs.

The Biennale 2011 runs from June 4 to November 27 in various locations around Venice including the Arsenale and Giardini, and this year will see the biggest exhibition so far, with at least 88 countries represented.  Among them will be Wales’s chosen representative, Tim Davies.  He is a multi-media artist whose works range from found imagery to film.

To assist the artist with his presentation and provide interaction with the public as well as security for the works on display, ten art students and graduates from Wales have been chosen to spend two and a half months in Venice.  They will be working as invigilators to help promote the Welsh artist’s work amongst visitors and curators from all over the world.

For these aspiring artists, this is a fabulous opportunity to immerse themselves in the international art community.  Rebecca Voelcker, one of the chosen invigilators, said that it will be a wonderful inspiration for her own work and a chance to express her knowledge of and passion for the art of Wales.

The Welsh exhibition will be hosted by the Arts Council of Wales and curated by Tom Rowland, a notable London curator and long-time supporter of Tim Davies.  This year the Welsh pavilion will be situated in the Ludoteca, a former chapel and sacristy in the Castello area at Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, a premier central location.

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