Proposals Invited For Singapore Pavilion At Venice Biennale: 51st International Art Exhibition


The National Arts Council (NAC) and the National Heritage Board (NHB) are inviting artistic proposals for the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: 51st International Art Exhibition in 2005. The Venice Biennale is widely regarded as the most prestigious visual arts event in the world and it attracts a large gathering of international artists, curators, critics, academicians and media.


Taking place from 12 June to 6 November next year, the Venice Biennale: 51st International Art Exhibition will explore the state of contemporary art in two main exhibitions, each curated by one of two Directors. The Experience of Art curated by Maria de Corral, offers a retrospective approach, to be held at the Giardini della Biennale. The second exhibition, themed Always A Little Further curated by Rosa Martinez will feature the latest trends in art today, to be held at the Arsenale di Venezia.


The Singapore Pavilion is located at Calle della Tana, Castello 2126, Arsenale, 30122 Venice, Italy. It is strategically facing the entrance of the Arsenale di Venezia, where one of the two main curated exhibitions will be staged. 


Interested parties will have to submit a proposal in response to either one of the two exhibition themes – The Experience of Art or Always a Little Further. Any artist, curator, teams of artists and curators, or arts collective are welcome to apply and participants must be Singapore citizens or permanent residents of Singapore. The closing date for submissions is 31 December 2004.


Shortlisted applicants are required to present a fully developed proposal to the Commissioning Panel made up of representatives from NAC, NHB and external visual arts practitioners.


Singapore’s third participation at the Venice Biennale is jointly organised by NAC and NHB. The objective is to internationalise Singapore’s visual arts industry by providing a platform for our finest contemporary visual arts talents and their creations. The quality and impact of the exhibition in the Singapore pavilion is therefore of great significance as it represents the very best of what Singapore has to offer to the international art community. Artists who have participated in the Venice Biennale include Tan Swie Hian, Francis Ng, Heman Chong, Matthew Ngui, Salleh Japar, Chen KeZhan and Suzann Victor.




Annex 1: Details for submission of proposals


Annex 2: Curatorial themes