The Venice Biennale, Biennale Arte, is the leading international event for the visual arts. Established in 1895, it’s now the largest visual arts exhibition in the world. To get the scale of the event: 593,616 people visited the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2019, with roughly 24,762 international curators, critics, collectors and artists visiting during the three-day preview period (at the beginning of the exhibition).

Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice is commissioned, developed and managed by the Arts Council of Wales. Wales has now had a presence as an Official Collateral Event at the Biennale since 2003 – meaning we’ve had the chance to celebrate the best of emerging and established Welsh talent on an international stage nine times.

Previous Wales in Venice presentations at the Venice Biennale

The artists chosen for previous presentations include Sean Edwards, James Richards, Helen Sear, Bedwyr Williams and Tim Davies. Browse our case studies below to find out more about the individual presentations.

How can I get involved with the Biennale?

The next Venice Biennale takes place in 2021. There are a few ways to get involved.


Wales in Venice Advisory Committee

Applications are now open to join our Wales in Venice Advisory Committee. The Committee usually meets four times per year, although members may be required to attend additional meetings and events if the need arises. You can find out more about the positions here. Deadline to apply is 06 February, 2020.

Wales in Venice invigilators

Our Invigilator Plus programme allows teams of artists, curators and students the opportunity to experience the Venice Biennale, and to support the chosen artist/artists representing Wales. Our programme gives invigilators access to creative networks and provides opportunities to broaden their experience of contemporary practice, both in Wales and internationally.

Represent Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice at the Biennale

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Why represent Wales at the Venice Biennale?

The Wales in Venice presentation has four core aims:

  • Present the most exciting and creative artists associated with Wales.
  • Focus international and national attention on the diverse range of critically valued work in, from and to do with Wales.  
  • Create international experiences and connections for galleries, curators and artists that will develop the visual arts in Wales.
  • Celebrate Wales in the World as dynamic, culturally engaged and forward-looking.

An evaluation report on Wales’ presence at the Biennale by Arad was published in 2016.  Read the executive summary here.