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18 early-career artists and curators from Wales to set sail for Venice

Arts Council of Wales have announced that 18 individuals will be travelling to Venice with the Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice team for the prestigious international art exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. 09 May 2017

18 early-career artists and curators from Wales to set sail for Venice

Following a rigorous selection process, 11 artists & curators and 7 students have been picked by the Invigilator Plus programme and will supervise, monitor and maintain Wales’s exhibition at the biennial exhibition.


This year, Wales is represented in Venice by Cardiff-born artist and former Turner prize nominee James Richards. ‘Music for the gift’ will run from the 13th of May to the 26th of November and is housed in the beautiful setting of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, a church and former convent. The exhibition will include sound installation, video and photographic works and is commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales and curated by Chapter in Cardiff. James, who also studied for foundation at Cardiff School of Art and Design will bring his exhibition home to Chapter in 2018.


As well as providing early-career artists and curators working in Wales with a chance to experience the Venice Biennale, Invigilator Plus provides important professional development opportunities. This year, the programme will be a partnership between Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Chapter and the artist-led organisation g39. Cardiff School of Art and Design will support seven students in Venice and g39 have been commissioned by Chapter to develop and deliver a unique training programme for the team of 18 invigilators.


Each participant will spend at least a month in Venice and will work in teams of three. The 18 that form part of the 2017 Invigilator Plus programme are: Thomas Williams, Amy Treharne, Elin Meredydd, Bob Gelsthorpe, Helena Turgel, Rory Duckhouse, Beth Elen Roberts, Emily Hartless, James Cocks, Stevie Mackinnon Smith, AJ Stockwell. Cardiff School of Arts and Design students: Angela Magee, Rhian Sullivan, Mark Hicken, Anna Grace Rogers, Gweni Llwyd, Ella Llwyd & Adam Farrugia White.


Chapter will document their individual creative journeys in a specially created digital resource www.experenicewalesinvenice.org


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NOTES TO EDITORS

New elements of Invigilator Plus 2017 include:


• A pilot initiative with Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) supporting seven students to join the programme for the first time. The partnership is intended to establish and develop a mutually beneficial way of working to help identify new approaches for CSAD and other academic institutions to engage with programmes of the Arts Council of Wales in the future.

• g39 in Cardiff is an artist-led organisation commissioned by Chapter to develop and deliver a unique training programme for the team of eighteen invigilators to prepare them for engaging with international audiences, taking care of the exhibition and working in the context of a significant international event to develop their professional capacity. In addition, Chapter and g39 are providing opportunities for Invigilator Plus team members to be part of the G39 programme, UNIT(e), an alternative art school taking place in Cardiff in 2017. This studio based research and development opportunity for artists and curators features a tailored programme of mentoring sessions and ongoing support for their practice.

The Invigilator Plus team will provide a vital interface with visitors to the exhibition. They maintain and supervise the smooth running of the exhibition - from the hectic opening days through to group visits later in the run from organised parties and colleges up until the close of the exhibition in November.

Building on the successful www.experiencewalesinvenice.org website built by Ffotogallery in 2015, Chapter have developed the digital resource to record the experiences of the team in Venice and to document their individual creative journeys of making work and discovering the city and the Biennale. The website will profile each invigilator and be regularly updated with insights into their experience & creative projects.

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