Our involvement in the Venice Biennale of Art and Architecture
Lisa Warrener / Donald Williams / Global Art Projects
Lisa Warrener, Director Global Art Projects was involved in Australia's official representation at the Venice Biennale of Art for many years. During her time working for the Australia Council (1989-92) she coordinated the Australia Council's involvement in the Biennale for the Rover Thomas exhibition (1990). From 1992 - 1995, Lisa managed the official Australian exhibitions for the Venice Biennale of Art on behalf of the Australia Council through the Australian Exhibitions Touring Agency (AETA). This included the exhibitions for Jenny Watson (1993) and Bill Henson (1995). For the next Biennale, Lisa was engaged as the Assistant Commissioner for Australia and worked as an advisor to the project team for that exhibition which showed the work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Yvonne Koolmatrie and Judy Watson (1997).
From 1997 - 2003, Global Art Projects took over management of the official Australian exhibitions for the Venice Biennale of Art on behalf of the Australia Council. GAP managed all facets of the exhibitions for Howard Arkley (1999), Lyndal Jones (2001) and Patricia Piccinini (2003).
In 2000, Donald Williams of GAP was involved in resurrecting Australia's involvement in the Venice Biennale of Architecture with an exhibition by Lyon's architects.
Also in 2000, Creative New Zealand, the New Zealand Government's arts funding and advisory body commissioned Global Art Projects to undertake a feasibility study on the potential of New Zealand participation in the Venice Biennale of Art. This comprehesive study included original research, interviews and recommendations for a limited entry into the Biennale from 2001. Based on GAP's recommendations, New Zealand participated in the Venice Biennale for the first time in 2001. GAP was engaged to develop and project manage this first participation in the Venice Biennale with an exhibition by Peter Robinson and Jacqueline Fraser (2001) and was engaged again to manage the exhibition by Michael Stephenson (2003).
For further details on some of these projects:
Lyndal Jones - 49th Venice Biennale of Art 2001 (Australian Pavilion)
Peter Robinson and Jacqueline Fraser - 49th Venice Biennale of Art 2001 (New Zealand Pavilion)
Michael Stephenson - 50th Venice Biennale of Art 2003 (New Zealand Pavilion)