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Venice Fellows And The British Council

2019 partnership

2019 marked the third year of the collaboration between We are here Venice and the British Council.

Throughout the 2019 Art Biennale, WahV met regularly with the British Council Fellows to give them an insight into city as residents, rather than tourists.

The ongoing collaboration will continue into 2020.

2018 Fellows’ groups

This is the second year that WahV has been asked by the British Council to provide orientation sessions to their Venice Fellows, as a Supporting Partner.

The students and researchers come to work at the British Pavilion during the Biennale with travel scholarships from participating institutions.

Read what the fellows learned and took from their orientation sessions in Venice in their blog write-ups on the British Council website!

Group 5 – 8/10/18

A walk to the Arsenale

Jane da Mosto walked this group on an orientation walk from Ss. Giovanni e Paolo and ended up at the Arsenale. The fellows were amazed that such a large area was so under-utilised and they consequently took great interest in the proposals developed by the Forum Futuro Arsenale.

Group 4 – 10/09/18

Laguna Viva at the V-A-C Foundation


Group 3 – 30/07/18

Beyond this, the influence of our tour around Cannaregio with We Are Here Venice was very evident. They gave a very sensitive introduction to the political complexities of Venice surrounding tourism, the lagoon, sovereignty and the future. Revealing these facets seemed to give an agenda and a critical voice to many of the projects that was previously lacking. With the next month to continue developing our proposals, and additional groups to add to the chorus, I think we are all looking forward to seeing how the body of research tackles the theme of the Biennale and the city of Venice. With such a talented group of people to work with, from across the UK and the world, I think the outcome is sure to be a thought-provoking addition to the canon of work surrounding the Biennale this year. With thanks to We Are Here Venice for their continued support of the Programme

Group 2 – 25/06/18

“Jane, walking us through the city’s most unexpected streets, showing us how you build, study, work and revolt in Venice, helped us gain a knowledge of the city that could have been grasped in no other way. We came out of it invigorated, inspired and keen to experience the city with new eyes”


Read more about the first year of orientation sessions for the British Council Venice Fellows here

See some of the posts on social media here and here

2018 British Council Fellowship Programme

WahV is a Supporting Partner of the British Council Fellowship Programme 2018.

For a number of consecutive years, WahV has provided support and guidance to British Council Venice Fellows. Participant Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research whilst also working at the British Pavilion during the Architecture and Art Biennales.

This year, each group of Fellows (approximately 69 in total) will have the opportunity to attend an orientation session led by We are here Venice. In this session, essential Venice knowledge and resources are shared, giving Fellows a valuable introduction to the city, framing certain issues, unique features and urgent challenges to help the students understand the physical and social realities of their host city.

Photo by Chris Bailkoski, 2017


2016 UK at the Venice Biennale: The Fellows explore the ‘living city’ of Venice

We are here Venice provides mentorship as part of the British Council Venice Fellows programme for students at participating British institutions to give them an opportunity to conduct research while also working at the British Pavilion during the Architecture and Art Biennales.

During the 2016 Architecture Biennale WahV participated in some research by just one Fellow, Isabelle Morgan of the Bartlett School of Architecture- UCL, regarding the conceptualisation of ecology and sustainability among the installations and curators of the exhibition.

In 2017, with the arrival of a new batch of Fellows from June to November, WahV offers an introductory session to the city, framing certain issues, unique features and urgent challenges to help the students to understand the realities of their host city.

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