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.