Venice Biennale 2019: Steward-Research Fellowship supported by New Contemporaries

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Photo: Christiano Corte

Venice Biennale 2019: Steward-Research Fellowship supported by New Contemporaries


15 November 2018

New Contemporaries (NC) is delighted to be partnering with the British Council to offer one NC alumni artist a place on the Steward-Research Fellowship programme at the Venice Biennale 2019.

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.

Successful candidates will spend a maximum of 30 days in Venice. 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 in response to ideas within May You Live in Interesting Times curated by Ralph Rogoff and/or The British Pavilion’s exhibition of work by Cathy Wilkes.

Please see attached documents for more details on the programme.

Fellows will have the chance to:

  • spend a month in Venice during a major international cultural event
  • conduct independent research in and around Venice, enhancing current studies and professional practice
  • receive training on exhibition planning, invigilation, access and public engagement
  • gain experience of exhibition programming, stewarding and condition checking of art work
  • enrich their research and practice through interdisciplinary engagement
  • be empowered to communicate ideas to a diverse, international audience
  • develop a creative and professional network across the UK and internationally.
  • Work with New Contemporaries on developing their research project.

The opportunity to apply for is open to all Bloomberg New Contemporaries Alumni from the last 3 years (2016 to 2018 inclusive).

A bursary of £1,600 to cover flights, accom, living costs, any research costs & invigilation work for the Pavilion will be paid to the Fellow. An additional research and development grant of £400 will also be offered to the Fellow.

To be considered please read the application requirements and criteria below and on the attached documents:


  • You must have exhibited as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries between 2016 and 2018 inclusive.
  • You must agree to produce a blog for NC’s website describing your experience as a Fellow. Any other possible digital content will be discussed and agreed with NC.
  • Candidates should also demonstrate an ability to respond to the Venice Biennale exhibition and develop creative and engaging projects.
  • Shortlisted candidates must be available for interview in the British Council offices in London.

Application Requirements:

To apply please complete the attached British Council Application Form and a one-page CV (standard text format not image-led). Applicants will be shortlisted and called for interview with the British Council.

Send application to by no later than 10:00pm Sunday 9 December 2018.

Please entitle your document in the following way: FirsnameLastname_BritishCouncilFellow2019

Regrettably only applications submitted in the format above will be considered.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Application Guidelines

Venice Fellowship 2019 Application Form

Venice Fellowship Programme Booklet