VA16: Access All Areas

The theme of VA16: Access All Areas, focused on various aspects of physical and social inclusion in design and city planning. There are four aspects to the project, the first are a series of observations and interventions by the artists Tony Heaton and Nicky Hirst, followed a symposium and artist talk on the 27 May. The final part is a series of interventions in the UK and a workshop back in Venice in July.





The VA16 symposium addressed physical and social inclusion in urban planning, specifically the issue of accessibility in Venice. The objective was to raise awareness of accessibility, as well as to stimulate creative concrete proposals for architectural inclusion in Venice, but above all to discuss the importance of how new constructions and urban-plans should take into account a fundamental human right: the possibility to access to all areas.

Panel: Francesca Pinto, Venice Council, Elimination of Architectural Barriers office; Franco Gazzari, Ordine degli Architetti PPC di Venezia; Attilio Santi, University Iuav of Venice; Stefano Maurizio, CERPA Italy; Anna Michielotto and Silvia Dainese, Comitato Accessibilità per Venezia; Alessandro Dalla Pietà, Gondolas4all; Tony Heaton OBE, SHAPE London

Moderated by Jennifer Macmillan Johnson



Following the artist interventions, an open discussion will be held to coincide with the panel discussion on the issues of accessibility and inclusion, where the photographs and video footage taken during the ‘guerrilla’ interventions will be presented. A follow on event will be held back in the UK to continue the discussion and the artist’s works will be presented. The Symposium will be followed by a talk with Mark Segal, Tony Heaton and Nicky Hirst.




Artist Interventions

Two UK based artists, Nicky Hirst and Tony Heaton OBE were commissioned in collaboration with University Iuav of Venice and Comitato Accessibility per Venezia to make a series of works. They undertook a number of interventions and observations in the city of Venice to draw attention to mobility and accessibility in the ways that people can navigate, explore and enjoy the city regardless of any impairment.

Nick Hirst: Accommodate

Tony Heaton: Access


The collaborating organisations supporting VA16 are: workinprogress, theartistagency, SHAPE Arts, TENSATOR, Comitato Accessibilità per Venezia, University IUAV of Venice, Gondola4ALL, VENEWS, Istituto Veneto di Scienzel Lettereed Arti, Palazzo Franchetti, Istituto Veneto, Fadel Italiana and Soluziono Meccanich Domotiche Meccatroniche. The initiative is supported, financially and culturally, by workinprogress and the City of Venice.

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