Wales Venice 10 Fellows Visit to Whitechapel Gallery
On 24 February, we organised a day-long event at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, for the Wales Venice 10 Fellows. The bright, open space at Whitechapel Gallery with views over East London’s iconic skyline was the perfect backdrop for a day of inspiring talks, discussions and gallery visits.
Thank you to all four speakers, who collectively provided insight into different considerations, alternatives and what it might mean to ‘work internationally’. Viviana Checchia, Residency Curator at Delfina Foundation, brought a deep perspective and approach to definitions within the context of her work as part of the nomadic curatorial organisation Vessel in southern Italy. Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, critic, curator and lecturer spoke to the use of language in contemporary art, raising questions around meaning, translation and histories while connecting to how the Welsh Language and lost languages create connections to place and time.
Mariam Zulfiqar, Director of Artangel developed a conversation on ‘How do you think about your work in a public space,’ a whistle-stop crit looking at work in progress of WV10 artists and how they examine and understand the conditions and opportunities presented by engaging differing publics. Lastly, Katrina Brown, founding Director of The Common Guild, Glasgow, joined us virtually to talk about ‘International and Events’, outlining her experience and the conditions of the various programming strands of The Common Guild as well as her directorship of the first iterations of the Glasgow International festival.
All topics prompted extensive discussion among the Fellows, opening out into nuanced understanding of the art world and the potentiality of their places within it.