Recent Furniture and Product design graduate Ella Merriman reflects on her experience as a fellow at the Architecture Biennale this summer
Date: 19 September 2018
Living in Venice and working at The Architecture Biennale was a wonderful experience and the perfect conclusion to my degree. I lived in the Castello district of Venice for five weeks throughout August along with eleven other Fellows from Universities around the UK. We worked in the Giardini at the British Pavilion where the work of Caruso St John and Marcus Taylor is currently being exhibited to celebrate the 16th year of La Biennale Architettura.
My role as a British Council Fellow involved looking after the British Pavilion and introducing visitors to the concept behind the work displayed. I also assisted with events such as one held by the Royal Academy where sound and movement workshops were organised by artists and poets. The atmosphere at the Biennale was a welcoming one and I met so many wonderful people, both visiting and working in other pavilions. Many of the international staff became good friends with whom I spent my evenings and days off.
Alongside my work at the pavilion, I carried out research into an area of my choosing, inspired by the theme of the Biennale - Freespace. Venice is so culturally rich that it was a challenge to focus on just one theme. However, now that I have returned and continue to write up my findings, I realise how much I learnt and saw in my time there. It was an experience that I will always cherish and I have come home feeling inspired and excited to begin my career in design.
Ella Merriman was one of two Cass students (with Tarn Philipp) granted a British Council Venice Fellowship in 2018
Latest news from the SchoolView all
Ghabrana Nahin Hai: London Met project featured on Platform Asia
A collaborative film made by Digital Media Associate Lecturer Joel Chernin and Fine Arts MFA alumna Shanzay Subzwari highlights the juxtaposing rhetorics of pandemic politics.
An academic difference: value of London Met Theatre and Performance degrees highlighted by the Stage
A new report looks at how London Met's theatre and performance courses create future leaders, and the value that theatre degrees can offer students over traditional drama schools.
Do temporary interventions bring permanent change?
A talk by London Met’s Sandra Denicke-Polcher questioned what permanent change in architecture looks like.
Designs by London Met Textiles students set to adorn historic Petticoat Lane Market
Vote now for your favourite designs to be installed at the Market.
Gallery founded by alumna wins prestigious award
Anna Ray and House on Mars, founded by London Met grad Vanja Bazdulj, have been awarded the Brookfield Properties Crafts Council Collection Award worth £25,5000.
The nature of cities
Lecturer in Architecture and Sustainability Coordinator Siân Moxon spoke at the Nature of Cities Festival to promote urban rewilding.
Lessons for Cities Worldwide
The London Met Lab's proposed COP26 exhibit will highlight five approaches to the environment: research, teaching, student enterprise, partnerships and management.
Fashion in Multiple Chinas
A book co-edited by London Met Professor Wessie Ling has just been released in paperback.
Recent graduates create striking National Student Survey campaign
Former Visual Communications students hope London Met campaign encourages final year students to give the gift of their experience to other students.
Crafts Council Success
Textiles alumna Majeda Clarke joins board of trustees for the national charity.
Praise for London Met Architecture books
A new edited collection and monograph from Professor Nicholas Temple have been described as 'remarkable,' and 'erudite and persuasive', respectively.
From Muppet to Maverick
Animator and director John Stevenson spoke to students from the School of Art, Architecture and Design about his career, from his start on the Muppets at 19, to directing Kung Fu Panda.
From protest to institutional change - Architecture, Race, Gender and Education
Over 200 attended an online event at which keynote speaker Lesley Lokko engaged with issues raised by MASS: Metropolitan Architecture Students Society. MASS asks, now what?
Double success for Textiles alumna
Jodie Barnacle Best joins the advisory board of Craft Scotland and publishes article about her Textile Society Student Award.