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.