Venice Biennale: Steward-Research Fellowship supported by New Contemporaries


Beach ball from Sun & Sea, Lithuanian Pavilion, 2019

We are pleased to announce that New Contemporaries 2017 artist Katarzyna Perlak will be undertaking the Steward-Research Fellowship at the 2022 Venice Biennale, supported by New Contemporaries and the British Council.

I am excited to be the New Contemporaries / British Council Research Fellow at the Venice Art Biennale 2022. During the fellowship period I will be researching the notion of “wish landscape” and its relationship to the affect based utopian longings, hope, desire and the image of horizon. I will investigate the transference from ‘utopian visions’ to ‘utopian feelings’ and consequently the shift from the spatially oriented notions of utopia to those that are time oriented and based in ‘utopian experiences’. I am particularly interested in environments, spaces and landscapes that evoke and hold those experiences.

Katarzyna Perlak is a Polish born artist, based in London whose practice employs video, performance, textiles and installation. Perlak’s work examines potentiality of affect as a tool for registering and archiving both present continuous and past historical moments. Perlak background is in Philosophy, which she studied in Poland and Fine Art Media that she has studied in UK (Camberwell College of Arts and Slade School of Fine Art). Her films have been shown widely at film festivals across Europe. She was part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017, and shows internationally, including: Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennial, Art Night London, Liverpool Biennale, Jerwood Arts (SURVEY II), Leslie – Lohman Museum of Arts (NYC), The One Archive (LA) and Detroit Art Week.


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.

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.

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