Falmouth School of Art has become a partner in the British Council's Venice Fellowships Programme, with their first Fellow attending the 57th Biennale Arte this autumn.
Final year Fine Art student Abbie Hunt will spend a month at the Venice Biennale taking part in the steward-research programme.
Abbie has already completed a two-day induction in London, where Fellows received training in the practical aspects of stewarding and received support in developing their research ideas: "Even after the induction, having this opportunity still doesn't seem real. I'm very excited and nervous but after meeting the other Fellows I will be invigilating with in October I feel a lot more settled.
"The Fellowship has given me an instant network and I feel installed into another family as everyone was confident and friendly. There was a real buzz during the induction, as collectively we were positive and willing to learn and make these connections."
Dr Virginia Button, Falmouth School of Art's Director, said: "I'm delighted that through our partnership in the British Council's prestigious Fellowship programme, Abbie will be attending the Venice Biennale this year. It's so important for our students to continue thinking and engaging globally, and immersion in Europe's most established international contemporary art exhibition is sure to be really inspiring. I think it's great that the Fellowship supports both professional practice and research, allowing graduates to really get the most out of the experience."
For Abbie, the Venice Fellowship will come soon after graduation but her success in securing her place has already had an impact: "The Fellowship has given me a new sense of confidence and aspiration for when I finish and enter the real world. Having this amazing opportunity has really made me consider the pathway of working within a gallery context whilst still having the freedom to develop my practice."
The Venice Fellowships is a steward-research programme, which brings together students and volunteers from partner universities and organisations across the UK, and provides them with a month at the Venice Biennale, where they split their time between invigilating the British Pavilion exhibition and conducting independent research.