The Venice Biennale 2019 Professional Development Program leverages Australia’s presence at the Venice Biennale to offer a suite of capacity building opportunities for the contemporary visual arts sector.
The Program is designed to support emerging arts workers by giving them the chance to build their professional skills and expertise, develop new networks, and gain invaluable experience working on a large-scale international project.
Crucially, participants in the Professional Development Program become part of the Australian Venice Biennale team. As such, they will gain practical ‘behind-the-scenes’ working knowledge of the greater Venice Biennale project, the Australian Pavilion exhibition and associated events.
Additionally, participants in the Professional Development Program will be immersed in a world of international contemporary art practice, which may inspire new ways of presenting and making work and promote better understanding of the international landscape.
In 2019, the Professional Development Program incorporates the:
Emerging Arts Professionals Program
The Emerging Arts Professionals Program (formerly the Emerging Curators Program) is open to people working across different areas of the visual arts sector including curation, education, events management, journalism and criticism, and philanthropy.
Emerging Arts Professionals receive support to travel to Venice, where they will undertake a program tailored to their individual skills, expertise and interests. Emerging Arts Professionals will take a practical role in delivering the Venice Biennale project alongside the Australia Council and will be involved in networking events and the Australian Pavilion exhibition.
Read more about the Emerging Arts Professionals Program here.
Exhibition Team Leaders
Exhibition Team Leaders take on a leadership role, managing the daily operations of the Australian Pavilion during the Venice Biennale 2019 and a team of Australian and Italian invigilators.
This role offers valuable experience to those who would like to advance their skills in exhibition management, invigilation and arts administration in the context of a prestigious international arts event. Exhibition Team Leaders receive support to travel and live in Venice for a period of five weeks.
Read more about Exhibition Team Leaders here.
Volunteer Exhibition Attendants
Volunteer Exhibition Attendants take on an invigilation role supporting the Exhibition Team Leader in the daily operations of the exhibition and pavilion during the Venice Biennale 2019.
This role offers valuable experience to those who would like to advance their skills in invigilation, arts administration and communications in the context of a prestigious international arts event. Volunteer Exhibition Attendants receive support to travel and live in Venice for a period of four weeks.
Read more about Volunteer Exhibition Attendants here.
University of Melbourne Internships
In 2019, the Australia Council will once again partner with the University of Melbourne to offer two Venice Biennale internships.
The first will be awarded to a student completing a Master of Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts and will concentrate on preparations for the 2019 Australian Pavilion exhibition and associated events.
The second position will be awarded to a Master of Art Curatorship or Master of Arts & Cultural Management student and will focus on project delivery and administration of the Venice Biennale Professional Development program.
Applications and assessment of these internships will be administrated by the University of Melbourne.