Creative Directors wanted for Venice Biennale 2012

May 16, 2011
  • Article by Online Editor

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has begun the search for Creative Directors of the Australian pavilion at the next Venice Architecture Biennale, to be held in 2012.

Expressions of Interest will soon open for architects with a “vision and passion” for promoting Australian architecture on a global stage. The Creative Director(s) will compile the exhibition that runs at the Australian pavilion in the dual role of “spectator and analyst of our culture”.

Interested individuals and teams will be able to lodge their interest in the role of Creative Director from Monday 30 May until Monday 27 June. Submissions should detail the individual or team’s vision for the 2012 exhibition, along with key team members involved.

The 2012 event will mark the thirteenth occasion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, which was first held in 1980. Occurring every second year, the Biennale is considered an important forum for the discussion of architecture themes and issues affecting professionals and the wider public. Fifty-three countries were represented at the 2010 Architecture Biennale, which was visited by over 170,000 people during the three-month event.

The ‘NOW and WHEN: Australian Urbanism’ exhibition at the Australian pavilion for the 2010 Architecture Biennale, curated by John Gollings and Ivan Rijavec and showcasing speculative visions of Australian cities in 2050 and beyond, was the most successful year yet for the Australian pavilion. The exhibition attracted 93,000 visitors – an increase of 60 percent on the 2008 exhibition.

*Full submission requirements will be available online from 30 May at [“”:]. The Institute can also be contacted on +61 2 6121 2000.*

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