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British Council Venice Biennale Fellowship Programme

The door of the British Pavilion in Venice. It is black, up a set of steps, has columns either side of it, and has 'Gran Bretagna' on a sign above it.

Cambridge School of Art is partner of the prestigious Venice Fellowships Programme. This is a unique opportunity for creative individuals, students, researchers, artists and professionals at the early stages of their career to spend a month in Venice during the world’s most important art and architecture biennale.

Each year, approximately 70 Fellows will be supported with a grant, funded by participating institutions, to cover their travel, accommodation and living costs in Venice for one month. Candidates are selected via a competitive application process initiated and shortlisted through their institution, with the final selection made by the British Council.

Successful candidates will spend one month in Venice working within the British Pavilion as exhibition ambassadors alongside developing their own personal project. As Fellows, they will have the opportunity to engage with a global community of artists, researchers, art entrepreneurs, young leaders and change makers, while developing their own personal practice.

Our Fellows:

2023: Rebecca Hearle, Postgraduate Researcher

2022: Giuseppina Santoro, Postgraduate Researcher

2021: Beatriz Lostale-Seijo, Postgraduate Researcher

Enquiries: Dr Elena Cologni, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art & Critical Practice, responsible for the partnership, and British Council Venice Biennale Fellowships Programme Advisory Board member. Email: [email protected]

This opportunity for our students is supported by the British Council, the Social Innovation Fund Scheme, ARU's Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, and Cambridge School of Art.