Visual Arts at the Venice Biennale

Key Information


Application Deadline: 29/05/24 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10008751


Departure Date: 19/11/24

Return Date: 22/11/24


£400: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding DMU Global funding). Students will also be required to pay for: airport transfers (£50), Biennale entry fees (£40.50), Venice Access Fee (£4.30 per day) - TBC, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £200


Accommodation: Shared rooms in a hostel/hotel booked by DMU

Travel: Flights booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Haley Morris-Cafiero -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £200 as a contribution towards the cost of travel and accommodation after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.

Carbon Levy

Student contribution: To offset the carbon emissions from the flight for this trip there is a £3 Carbon Levy for this trip which has been added to the total cost. Information about how this Levy will be used can be found here.


Fine Art and Photography students who will be in their second or third year of study in the 2024-25 academic year are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 30 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

The Venice Biennale is a contemporary art festival that occurs every two years and hosts exhibitions of the work of over 300 artists from 50 countries. This year is the 60th edition of the Venice Biennale and the exhibitions are staged in multiple spaces within the larger pavilion compound.

The purpose of this trip is for students to experience and learn about contemporary art and how it is presented to the public. The work exhibited in the Venice Biennale represents the current and future trends of art. Work will be exhibited from a wide range of disciplines and will inspire any student in the visual art subject area. This is an excellent opportunity for students to travel to one location to see work that would be exhibited in a variety of international locations.

In addition to attending the Venice Biennale, the students will visit public exhibitions that are occurring throughout the city during the festival. Participating in this trip will support students in creating their coursework by demonstrating the way that artwork can be displayed and engaged with the public.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop a range of skills and knowledge that enhance your studies. Through participation in this trip to Venice we expect that students will develop confidence in exhibiting their work and to expand their professional career opportunities.

Online and in person workshops will be provided to students traveling to provide an orientation to the Venice Biennale structure and Italian culture. Students will also be partnered with buddy with whom they will attend events and explore the city to support their learning experience.

Cultural activities

In addition to attending exhibitions, the itinerary will also give students the chance to attend lectures by local artists and art professionals. Through the lectures, students will be able to understand how their career goals and artwork can be supported in Italy.

Whilst in the city, in their free time students may choose to visit the stunning Doge’s Palace, alongside all the other key historical buildings on Piazza San Marco. To fully appreciate the beauty of Venice, students are recommended to take a waterbus down the Grand Canal, as well as visiting the Rialto Bridge, one of the oldest and most iconic bridges in the city.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).