The Australia Council has identified an unprecedented number of Australian artists participating in the 2015 Venice Biennale and associated programs including a record seven Australian artists who have been selected by artistic director Okwui Enwezor for the highly prestigious 56th edition of International Art Exhibition All the World’s Futures to open in May.
Spanning generations, including both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, Enwezor has selected UNSW Art & Design alumnus Newell Harry (BFA 2000) and (MFA 2004), Daniel Boyd, Emily Floyd, Marco Fusinato, the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye and collaborators Sonia Leber and David Chesworth for the central exhibition. This will also be presented in Venice’s historic Arsenale near the Giardini where the national pavilions are hosted, including Australia’s new John Denton-designed gallery which will feature a solo exhibition by Fiona Hall AO tilted Wrong Way Time.
Harry’s presence at the 2015 Biennale follows recent UNSW Art & Design alumni and staff including Australian representative in the 2011 Biennale Hany Armanious, Australian representative in 2009 Shaun Gladwell, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro in 2009 and UNSW Galleries Director Felicity Fenner’s role as curator of Australia’s national exhibition in the 2009 edition of this global event.
Congratulations to all artists participating in the 2015 Biennale, including the 136 featured in All the World’s Futures from 90 countries around the world and to Australia’s national representative Fiona Hall who received a Diploma in Art from UNSW Art & Design predecessor organisation Alexander Mackie CAE in 1975.