CSAD at the Venice Biennale

CSAD Dean Olwen Moseley with Gwenllian Llwyd, Charlotte Grayland and Heledd Evans
CSAD Dean Olwen Moseley(right) with Gwenllian Llwyd, Charlotte Grayland and Heledd Evans

Cardiff School of Art and Design’s students will again be helping invigilate at the Wales Pavilion as a part of the Arts Council of Wales Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice Invigilator Plus programme at the Venice Biennale.  We’re especially thrilled that they’re taking part as the artist selected to represent Wales is CSAD Fine Art lecturer and alumni Sean Edwards.

As well as invigilating at Sean’s exhibition at the Santa Maria Ausiliatrice the students will also have time during their month long stay to develop their own artistic, writing and curatorial practice and research and immerse themselves in the Biennale, the world’s largest and most prestigious visual arts event.

Sean Edwards’s presentation is led by Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham and this exhibition will be his most ambitious and emotionally resonant to date; a poetic enquiry into place, politics and class intertwined with personal histories.

Although known as a sculptor, Sean’s work also combines objects, film, video, photography, books and performance. Starting points are usually the things and places that have important personal connections and his exhibition at the Wales Pavilion will foreground his interest in social class and the everyday, influenced by his own experiences of growing up on a council estate on the outskirts of Cardiff in the 1980s.

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.