Venice Biennale: Steward-Research Fellowship supported by New Contemporaries


Beach ball from Sun & Sea, Lithuanian Pavilion, 2019

New Contemporaries is delighted to be partner with the British Council to offer a NC alumni artist a place on the Steward-Research Fellowship programme at the Venice Biennale.

The Fellowships programme was initiated in 2014 by the British Council to strengthen the British Pavilion contribution as a platform for ideas and research. This programme aims to educate and enrich the exhibition, making it a reference point for universities and arts institutions. The Fellowships offers a way of viewing and experiencing art and architecture that provides a new outlook on issues of public and private space, artistic process and display. The Venice Fellowships programme is a unique opportunity for students, graduates and researchers to spend a month in Venice during the world’s most important biennale. For approximately three days per week they will participate as an invigilator in the British Pavilion. The remaining time will be used for study and research.

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Previous Research Fellows

New Contemporaries is delighted to announce David Walker Kennedy (alumni 2017) as the recipient of the Venice Biennale 2019: Steward-Research Fellowship in partnership with the British Council. New Contemporaries will support David as he spends a month in Venice during the 58th Venice Biennale, conducting independent research and mediating the British Pavilion exhibition by artist Cathy Wilkes

David (b. 1996, Glasgow) is a graduate of Painting & Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art. Selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017 Kennedy has since worked individually as an artist and as a performer with collective Still House Plants, performing at Counterflows Festival, Glasgow; KRAAK Festival, Brussels; The Modern Institute, Glasgow and Transmission Gallery, Glasgow. Kennedy has also participated in residencies at the Pipe Factory, Glasgow and the CCA Creative Lab, Glasgow and recently completed the six-month OTO Projects UK artist residency supported by the Jerwood Foundation at Cafe OTO, London.

Read David Walker Kennedy's fellowship reflections in the blog post here