CSAD at the Venice Biennale

CSAD at the Venice Biennale

For the first time Cardiff School of Art and Design’s students will be helping invigilate at Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice at the Venice Biennale. This year the Arts Council of Wales has commissioned artist James Richards to represent Wales in an exhibition curated by Chapter Arts Centre.

Cardiff School of Art and Design is delighted to be supporting its students to have the unique experience of invigilating Wales’ exhibition at the Santa Maria Ausiliatrice and to develop their own artistic, writing and curatorial practice during their stay.

The seven selected students will each spend a month at the Biennale – the largest and most prestigious visual arts exhibition in the world. We are especially pleased to be partnering with Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice this year because James Richards is a CSAD alumni having studied for Foundation here as well as having been born and brought up at the city, interned with local gallery g39 which supports so many of our students and graduates and having collaborated regularly with Kim Fielding and Tactile Bosch.

Established in 1895, the Art Biennale has an attendance today of over 475,000 visitors, attracting over 30,000 key international curators, critics, collectors and artists and political and cultural representatives to the three-day preview period alone.

Wales’s presence at Venice has been a vital part of the artistic calendar since 2003 and so we are excited to see how being a part of the Biennale impacts upon our students’ work and ideas. You’ll be able to follow their journeys through our news page here.

Click the student names below to read more about their practice and what they hope to get out of their time in Venice.