The Market: What is the Value of Art

Rachel Ara "This Much I'm Worth" (The self-evaluating artworks) London / Vienna / Seoul

Rachel Ara "This Much I'm Worth" (The self-evaluating artworks) London / Vienna / Seoul

‘We can’t say we value our art if we don’t value our artists’ Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

venice agendas history

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Venice Agendas has featured at every Venice Biennial since 1999 first initiated by the artist Bill Furlong and the writer Mel Gooding. Since 2011 the artist group workinprogress, has continued the project. The 2019 edition will be the twentieth anniversary of a project that has brought together artists, cultural professionals and audiences through discussions, workshops, and symposiums looking at all areas of contemporary culture and politics.

The projects attempt to connect ideas and issues in the art world with larger social issues affecting everyone in society. In 2011 the theme was soundings, discussions and performance work. In 2013 we discussed the Alternative Art Scene. The 2015 edition Crossing Boundaries looked at identity and migrations as a force not only in the art world but in the world at large. The 2016 edition at the Architectural Biennial, called Access all Areas looked closely at access to public buildings both physically and conceptually. The 2017 edition The Contract, looked at the actual and social contracts between artists, galleries, museums and the public.

Venice Agendas has continued to encourage excellent working process and method, commissioning artists and giving them an international platform and exposure for their work. It has also been in the forefront of leading collaborations and connections between museums, galleries and institutions and connecting them with their international counterparts.

It has been our ambition to provide a forum for diverse and perhaps contradictory opinion on a whole range of topics that are both relevant to art and to society at large.

VENICE AGENDAS 2019: THE MARKET attempts to examine the financial mechanism that powers the art world. How does the system of the art market work? Who are the beneficiaries and who are the losers? Initiating ideas with round table discussions and commissions of new work, Venice Agendas intends to explore the impact of the art market on the territory and environment that artists, institutions, curators and writers have to navigate to create, present and discuss original contemporary artwork.

 

current project : The market

 

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John Sharples, Vassiliki Tzanakou with Jean Wainwright

John Sharples, Vassiliki Tzanakou with Jean Wainwright

VENICE AGENDAS 2019 -THE MARKET: WHAT IS THE VALUE OF ART? aims to examine the financial mechanism that powers the art world. How does the system of the art market work? Who are the beneficiaries and who are the losers? Through research, round table discussions and commissions of new work, Venice Agendas explores the impact of the art market on the territory and environment that artists, institutions, curators and writers have to navigate to create, present and discuss original contemporary artwork.

The project began in May during the press days of the Venice Biennale with recorded round table discussions at the Metropole Hotel and with our roving reporters Sacha Craddock, Fari Bradley and Jean Wainwright conducting interviews with artists, writers, curators and international art world professionals. The interviews will be broadcast online through our website and social media.
 

Our first artist commission was an an Instagram project in Venice by the artist Nicky Hirst. Her work can be seen on the VA website and on instagram @veniceagendasartists #VANickyHirst


The VA19 project will continues in the UK with a series of discussions, events and artist commissions until December 2019. We are delighted to announce that we are working with Islington Mill Art Academy, Salford. LUVA, Bethnal Green, London. Invigilators Research Network, London, Artemotion, Bristol, HOP Projects, Folkestone and MAD FOR REAL, International.


Venice Agendas 2019 is a workinprogress project supported and funded by DACS, Shape Arts, Creative Folkestone, The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, theartistsagency and funded with public money from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

 


 
 
 
 

past projects


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VA17 THE CONTRACT 

The theme of this edition, The Contract, is particularly relevant both politically and socially. Contracts, whether written or spoken, are promises and agreements that we make with each other, within our communities and across society in general.

The project brought together artists and professionals to share and discuss what a contract means to them, their experiences of relationships governed or suggested by contracts and what might be anticipated or expected in the context of contemporary visual arts and current world events, including the UK Brexit decision which has brought the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis.

Bernard G Mills

Bernard G Mills

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VA16 ACCESS ALL AREAS

Despite many advances the idea of accessibility, the principle of social inclusion is not yet at the forefront of urban or architectural design. The aim of VA16 is to bring this issue to international prominence through two separate, but connected events to coincide with the 15th International Architectural biennale in Venice, The theme REPORTING FROM THE FRONT addresses the need to improve the quality of the built environment to consequently improve peoples quality of life.

The two areas are, first, the commission of new works by UK artists, one of whom will make guerrilla interventions in the city of Venice to highlight the issues of accessibility, working in collaboration with University IUAV of Venice. Second, a public debate to be held during the press days of the Architectural biennale in Venice 26th – 27th May 2016 on the issues of inclusion, bringing together artists, designers, architects, engineers and city planners to discuss why this issue requires wider debate.

This is not a project simply about disabled access it is about accessibility and inclusion for everyone. The discussion will cover all areas of accessibility, not only for visitors to public spaces and buildings, but also for workers. There should, in short, be no new building or urban design that does not encompass the basic human right to have access to all areas.

 
Sandi Toksvig with Tony Heaton

Sandi Toksvig with Tony Heaton


 
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VA15 CROSSING BOUNDARIES

The theme for this edition is Crossing Boundaries; an open brief, which considers the many ways art not only trespasses geographical territories but how it crosses cultural, political and artistic boundaries. Since 2011 Venice Agendas has also included live art presentations.Venice Agendas 2015 is a programme of breakfast events and performances, curated by workinprogress, during the preview week of the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia followed by a series of outcome events that take place internationally throughout 2015. The theme for this edition is Crossing Boundaries; an open brief, which considers the many ways art not only trespasses geographical territories but how it crosses cultural, political and artistic boundaries. Since 2011 Venice Agendas has also included live art presentations.

The Biennale reinforces nation building and territorial borders when even now maps are being rewritten and the concept of free speech is under attack. The idea of national pavilions at the Venice Biennale representing the essence of an identity has been increasingly questioned in the context of today’s globalized world, however where there are boundaries there are crossings. The emphasis of these agendas is on the cross over and exchange between artists, writers, filmmakers and critics whilst reflecting on the cross border reality of the present time.


Marita Isobel Solberg performance at Imagina Cafe, Venize

Marita Isobel Solberg performance at Imagina Cafe, Venize


 
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VA13 LIVE ART AND THE ALTERNATIVE ART SCENE

The Biennale reinforces nation building and territorial borders when even now at this moment maps across the world are being rewritten, cultural boundaries are being reinforced or weakened and the concept of free speech is under attack. The idea of having national pavilions at the Venice Biennale representing the essence of an identity has been increasingly questioned in the context of today’s globalized world. However where there are boundaries, there are crossings.

The emphasis of these agendas is on the cross over and exchange between artists, writers, filmmakers, critics and in fact all forms of creativity; as well at the cross border reality of the present time. The discussions will open a dialogue. The series of international exchanges taking place in Crossing Boundaries will debate the current political situations in different countries and nations in relation to shifting boundaries, both geographical and perceptual as well as the impact of social media. The creating of art through mobile phones, the distribution of work though  the networked virtual community will also be discussed and how this has altered boundaries.

 
Jennifer Cluskey

Jennifer Cluskey