Venice Agendas grew out of Audio Arts (established in 1973 and is now part of Tate archive) and Agendas, Agendas, Agendas, (Venice, 1999) devised by Bill Furlong and Mel Gooding. After discussions with Furlong & Gooding, W-orkinprogress continued the tradition with their first Venice Agendas in 2011. Workinprogess was established in 2007 as a collaboration between visual artist Terry Smith and curator Clare Fitzpatrick to support innovative activity in contemporary art.

Venice Agendas creates a critical international platform for debate with informed institutions, artists, critics audiences from around the world.