Venice Agendas was developed by Bill Furlong and Mel Gooding and has featured at every Venice Biennial since 1999. Since 2011, workinprogress has continued the series of topical, intelligent and informative discussions, talks, debates and events. Mel and Bill along with Vittorio Urbani of Nuova Icona continue to support and mentor the project.

workinprogress was established in 2007 as a collaboration between Terry Smith and Clare Fitzpatrick bringing together their creative and curatorial practice and project management skills to support innovative activity in contemporary art. They have become recognised in the national and international community as innovators in the field of discussion and artists’ commissions in contemporary art practice.

theartistsagency offers continuing critical and practical support, advice and guidance on projects and career development, advocacy to promote individual artist’s interests, marketing and PR as required and where agreed, speculative development of artist projects.

Established by artists for artists, DACS is a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. Passionate about transforming the financial landscape for visual artists through innovative new products and services, we act as a trusted broker for 90,000 artists worldwide. Founded over 30 years ago, DACS is a flagship organisation that campaigns for artists’ rights, championing their sustained and vital contribution to the creative economy. Since we were founded in 1984, we have paid over £90 million in royalties to artists and their estates – a significant source of income supporting artists’ livelihoods, their practice and legacy.

Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Situated on Margate seafront, on the same site where the artist JMW Turner stayed when visiting the town, Turner Contemporary presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities, which make intriguing links between historic and contemporary art. The gallery offers a space for everyone to discover different ways of seeing, thinking and learning. Turner Contemporary has welcomed over 1.5million visits since opening in April 2011.

SHAPE ARTS is a disability-led arts organisation, established in 1976, which develops opportunities for disabled artists, audiences and those disabled people aspiring to work in the arts. Shape runs participatory arts and development programmes and works in partnership with cultural institutions to enable them to be more inclusive, accessible and diverse.

The Creative Foundation is an independent visionary arts charity dedicated to enabling the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity. Working with the people of Folkestone, partners and other stakeholders to transform the town, making it a better place to live, work, visit and study.

Nuova Icona was founded in 1993, and was the first Venetian non-profit organisation for contemporary art. It has mounted over 200 exhibitions, most of which were of national and international importance and opened to partnerships and intercultural exchanges. Since 2001 Nuova Icona has been commissioner for several National Pavilions at the Venice Biennale.

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FAD magazine is a curation of the world’s most interesting art and culture. Publishing news, reviews and in-depth pieces about the things they’ve found. FAD highlight’s upcoming events, acting as a platform for new artists and a place for more established artists to share their thoughts in longer interviews.

Clocktower Productions is a non-profit art institution working in the visual arts, performance, music, and radio. Founded in 1972 in Lower Manhattan by MoMA PS1 Founder Alanna Heiss, Clocktower is the oldest alternative art project in New York, and its radio station, Clocktower Radio, was founded in 2003 as one of the first all-art online museum radio stations in the world. The institution functions as a laboratory for experimentation, working closely and collaboratively with artists, musicians, curators, writers and producers to develop, realize and present innovative and challenging work in all media, ranging from installation to performance and from experimental music to radio theater. By engaging both the physical resources of its partner organizations and Clocktower Radio’s access to a broad and international online audience, Clocktower disseminates experimental work to numerous communities, and promotes a rich cultural and social dialogue between artists, audiences, and institutions worldwide.