5 July 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.
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.