5 July 2015

Venice Biennale 2015

Beacon is one of the partner organisations of EM15 a collaboration between artist-led organisations and institutions from the East Midlands region of the UK. Our other partners are: One Thoresby Street, Nottingham; New Art Exchange, Nottingham; QUAD, Derby; Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.

http://em15venice.co.uk

For the 2015 Venice Biennale EM15 has commissioned two projects for its premiere presentation at the Venice Biennale: Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf a fully playable mini golf course and Sunscreen an online project featuring new digital commissions in the form of screensavers from 40 artists with a connection to the East Midlands region. Free to download from www.sun-screen.uk

Both projects responded to EM15’s curatorial approach to the 56th Venice Biennale - The Leisure Principle. The Leisure Principle considers the concept of tourism and trade as a metaphor to explore current global economic complexities through one of the defining principles of leisure, that of consumption and how this consumption shapes our identity.

View from the bridge (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

View from the bridge (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Here are images of each of the commissioned golf holes.

John Akomfrah (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

John Akomfrah (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Yara El-Sherbini (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Yara El-Sherbini (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Doug Fishbone (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Doug Fishbone (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Ellie Harrison (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Ellie Harrison (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Candice Jacobs (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Candice Jacobs (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Hetain Patel (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Hetain Patel (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Yinka Shonibare MBE (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Yinka Shonibare MBE (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Lindsay Seers (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Lindsay Seers (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Eyal Weizman (photo credit: Thierry Bal)

Eyal Weizman (photo credit: Thierry Bal)