London Met students awarded Venice Fellowships

The Fellowships are part of an initiative from the British Council, which offer students the opportunity to live and work in Venice during the annual Biennale.

Date: 14 February 2022

Four students from London Met have been awarded Venice Fellowships by the British Council: Estelle Curtins, Agnes Fouda, Ella Wragg and Christina Morris.

These Fellowships are a unique opportunity for students, graduates and researchers to spend a month in V enice during the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2022, one of the world's most significant art and architecture festivals.

Each year an artist is chosen to represent Great Britain at the Biennale, with Sonia Boyce OBE RA selected this year. The Biennale will feature a major solo exhibition of new work from the artist.

Sonia Boyce is known for her highly innovative and experimental approach to art-making, using performance and audio-visual elements in her work. Since the 1990s, her practice has become increasingly improvisational and collaborative, inviting a broad cross-section of participants to come together and speak, sing or move in relation to the past and the present.

Estelle Curtins, who studies on London Met's Digital Media BA, said, "When I applied I never thought I would actually get it so I'm extremely happy that I get the chance to go to Venice and help at the Venice Biennale in the British Pavilion. I'm so excited, and looking forward to the whole experience.

"I still can't believe that I'm going to live in Venice for a month, I've never been but I'm looking forward to explore. Obviously I'm also very excited to work at the Pavilion and be surrounded by the art of Sonia Boyce OBE RA. I think it will be the experience of a lifetime."

Agnes Fouda said, "I am still in shock because I decided to apply just a few moments before the deadline; but as the date approaches, I am indeed more and more curious and excited about the residency. It is a privilege and a great honour.

"I cannot wait to see Sonia Boyce's work exhibited for the world to see. I am also looking forward to engaging with the communities I plan to work with during my time in Venice; and of course I am impatient to share and exchange with the other fellows not only during the residency but also afterward.
"The Venice Biennale being one of the biggest cultural events in the World, it is certain that it has a significant impact at a personal and professional level for any individual participating. The possibility to meet so many people and artists. to build connections and to learn about countless artistic points of view to grow one's own understanding and practice... that's what makes the Venice Biennale such an invaluable experience."
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 biennale exhibition, making it a reference point for all 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.
A view of Venice