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Supporting Australia at the Venice Biennale

The generosity of individuals and organisations committed to showcasing contemporary Australian visual arts globally ensures the continued success of Australia at the Venice Biennale. There are many ways individuals, families and companies can be part of Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale through giving and attending the exhibition.

 


Venice Champions’ Program

In light of the continuing effects of the COVID-19 global health pandemic, the Australia Council for the Arts together with the Venice Council Chair Kerry Gardner AM have made the decision to not offer the Venice component of the Champions’ Program in 2022.

Details about opportunities to stay engaged as a Venice Champion will be announced soon.

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Kerry Gardner AM, Chair of the Venice Council

Kerry Gardner AM, Chair of the Venice Council

Kerry Gardner is a documentary film maker with a deep background in the arts, philanthropy and non-profit leadership, and is a champion of public/ private partnership.

She has served as Deputy Chair on the boards of the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Malthouse Theatre, and as a Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

In February 2018 she was appointed Chair of the Venice Council, successfully helming the Australia Council’s fundraising for the Biennale Arte 2019, as well as redesigning the donor experience program for patrons and establishing an International Patrons’ Program based in London.

This richly illustrated work illuminates the untold stories

This richly illustrated work illuminates the untold stories

Before the winds of World War I blew Europe apart, a rowdy and radical group of Australian artists would gather in the salons of Paris and London to embrace new ways of painting and seeing the world. By 1914 twelve of them had shown their works at the Venice International Exhibition, now known as the Venice Biennale. Bundled in with the British, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Thea Proctor were represented alongside legendary artists Corot, Rodin, Klimt and Renoir. Four decades later Australia sent its first official delegation of artists: Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale and William Dobell; the works of Rover Thomas, Howard Arkley, Patricia Piccinini and Shaun Gladwell continued the story of bold Australian art in Venice. With the support of the Australian art community, the Venice Biennale today remains an aspiration and career highlight for contemporary artists and Australia’s love affair with the exhibition thrives.

Australia at the Venice Biennale: A Century of Contemporary Art ’ is published by Melbourne University Press

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Supporters’ Salutes

The generosity of individuals and organisations committed to showcasing contemporary Australian visual arts globally ensures the continued success of Australia at La Biennale di Venezia. Learn more about the generous 2019 supporters.