Tackling Global Challenges through the Venice Biennale: Research Connecting People and Cultures

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Wednesday 11 March 2020

09:45 AM - 11:00 AM


TECHNOCENTRE, Room 1.3 Coventry University Puma Way, Coventry CV1 2TT

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A special round table event on the occasion of the British Council Venice Biennale UK Fellowships induction event at Coventry University.

Co-convened by the British Council Fellowships Programme and Professor Juliet Simpson, FRSA, FRHistS (Chair, Art and Cultural Memory, Research Director, CAMC, Coventry University)

To register interest in attending, contact camc.fah@coventry.ac.uk.

This year’s 2020 Venice Biennale (Architecture) is framed by a resonant question: ‘How will we live together’? It can be summed up in a single word, ‘connection’: search for it, loss of it, building it, creating it – re-connecting. The 2020 British Council Venice Fellows Induction event hosted by Coventry University (Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities) invites us to discuss, debate and reimagine the potential of the arts – taking the world’s most ambitious creative showcase as our key context – to reconnect individuals, cultures, communities and their spaces.

Asking how and in what ways the arts have power to matter now and for future generations, this panel explores four key themes: marginal lives and untold stories; the potency of spaces; nature counts – harnessing art and science to rethink our environments; culture–public/private and how we connect. The panel of speakers features the curators of this year’s 2020 Venice Biennale British Pavilion (‘The Garden of Privatized Delights’) and academics, artists, scientists and curators from the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities and Coventry University. Inspired by the 2020 Venice Biennale, this crossdisciplinary collaboration invites us to engage with its broader impacts and potential: that is, to open an ethical space in which to re-load the potency of the arts to tackle the most urgent challenges of our time.

Find out more about the British Council Venice Fellowships.