Photography & Fine Art at the Venice Biennale

Key Information


Application Deadline: 13/06/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10006865


Departure Date: 14/11/22

Return Date: 18/11/22


£450: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any bursaries). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, Biennale ticket (£15), visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Shared rooms will be provided in a hostel/hotel

Travel: Booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


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Current level 4 and 5 undergraduate students studying Photography and Video or Fine Art, and MA Fine Art students are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 90 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

Students on this DMU Global experience led by staff from Visual Arts programme at DMU, will visit the Venice Biennale 2022, the 59th International Art Exhibition which is running from 23 April to 27 November 2022. The festival is returning after a 2-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The purpose of trip and core activity is to visit as many exhibitions which form the Biennale as possible. The Biennale is comprised of three parts – the main central exhibitions staged in the Giardini and Arsenale; the national pavilions organised by the 29 participating countries and the independent / fringe events which are staged simultaneously.

The Biennale is a truly international experience, as it includes work displayed in national pavilions in which works from artist nationals from participating countries. This trip will introduce Photography and Fine Art students to a wide range of international contemporary art practice.

The estimated total cost for flights and accommodation for this trip to Venice is £450. Students will be expected to pay £300, as the £150 DMU Global bursary will be deducted from the total.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of employability skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this Photography & Fine Art trip to Venice are:

  • To introduce students to a wide range of art practice
  • To introduce students to a diverse range of international art practice to aid with decolonisation agenda
  • To build a sense of community in Fine Art, Photography & Video and across Visual Arts programmes at DMU
  • To expose students to different culture to that of UK and widen knowledge of cultural life of different European country

Before the trip to Italy, there will be preparatory talks about the city of Venice, artists that will be showcased and the Biennale itself that will be delivered by DMU academic staff.

Cultural activities

Whilst in Venice, students will have some free time to explore its many sights and attractions. You may choose to visit St. Marks Square in the heart of Venice, and the Doge’s Palace which is the former seat of the ruler of Venice.

In addition, students may also choose to walk across the Rialto Bridge and take a boat or gondola tour down the Grand Canal of Venice. There are also many galleries and museums that are worth visiting in the city.

COVID-19 information

Travel to Italy is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel. Further guidance can be found on the FCDO webpage for Italy.

All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.