VA19: The market
VA19 The market Project summary
VENICE AGENDAS 2019 THE MARKET: What is the Value of Art? examines the financial mechanism that powers the art world. How do people in the arts make a living? How does the art market impact on the territory and environment that artists, institutions, curators and writers have to navigate to create, present and discuss original contemporary artwork? Who are the beneficiaries and who are the losers?
We have commissioned twenty-five artists and writers and six groups and collectives to respond to some of these questions. A publication, discussions and further events are planned between now and the end of December 2019.
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 continues in the UK with a series of discussions, events and artist commissions until November 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.
The publication THE MARKET will include work by artists and curators including Rachel Ara, Nicky Hirst, Graham Fagen, Anthony Gross, Jennette Parris, GIRLFORUM*, Sonia Boyce, Rose Gibbs, Andreas Zaunseder & Martina Morger, Anietié Ekanem, Chris Meigh-Andrews, Coral Woods, Eve Marguerite Allen, Evie Redwood, Georgina Raynor, David Shrigley, Samuel Barry and Scott Robertson
Venice Launch discussions, talks and interviews
Venice artist commission - nicky hirst
The artist Nicky Hirst has been commissioned to create a new project on the market theme. You can follow her project on Instagram @veniceagendasartists #VAnickyhirst
‘I am looking for connections and contradictions in the images, making visible the diverse ways in which we all try to make sense of the world. I will observe Venice with curiosity and by using a dual format for my Instagram site we can compare and contrast. Perhaps by looking at familiar sights from unfamiliar vantage points or pairing seemingly incompatible structures, critical thinking can be creatively revealed.’
UK EVENTS 2019
va19 the market Publication
The publication will include new work from invited established artists and cultural producers alongside emerging artists and writers selected from the VA19 Open Call. Currently in the concept and design phase, the publication will be printed and distributed late 2019.