EOI – 2025 Australian Architecture Exhibition Curatorial Committee – the Venice Biennale Exhibit and Australian Showcase

The Australian Architecture Exhibition – incorporating the Venice Architecture Biennale Exhibit and the Australian Showcase – is a unique opportunity to engage in critical conversations and discourse around Australian architecture and the built environment.

The Venice Architecture Biennale is one of the oldest and most prestigious international exhibitions of architecture, showcasing leaders in contemporary design and architecture from around the world. Since 2008, the Australian Institute of Architects has managed the delivery of Australia’s entry into the Venice Architecture Biennale, engaging a team of creative directors to respond to the creative brief developed by the Biennale’s appointed Curator. The Australian Showcase is the Australian presentation of the exhibition at an institutional venue. The Institute plays the formal role of the Commissioner for the Venice Architecture Biennale.

In 2025 there will be two committees supporting the Australian Architecture Exhibition, the Curatorial Committee, and the Chair’s Circle. The Australian Institute of Architects is seeking volunteers for the Australian Architecture Exhibition 2025 Curatorial Committee. 

unsettling Queenstown | Photographer: Tom Roe

The purpose of the Committee is to select Creative Director(s) and to act as an advisory committee to guide and critique the selected creative concept The Curatorial Committee will work alongside the Australian Architecture Exhibition Chair’s Circle. The Chair’s Circle is responsible for advocating for the exhibition both nationally and internationally with government, industry, and philanthropic partners, and assisting with fundraising to achieve the required sponsorship budget.

Positions Available

There are five committee positions to be filled.

Eligibility and skills required

  • Member of the Institute in good standing
  • Have national and international contacts and networks
  • Have a global knowledge of architectural practice and discourse
  • Experience in curatorial and communications practice in contemporary architecture.

Commitment

The Curatorial Committee will meet on a regular basis throughout the project. Most meetings will take place via teleconference or video conference. Where face-to-face meetings are required, the Institute will pay for and organise travel.

Curatorial Committee members will be invited to various events and fundraising activities in Australia, including the announcement of theme and Creative Directors, preview events and talks, and the official opening of the Australian Showcase.

The Institute does not cover travel costs to Venice for the exhibition or opening for Committee members. If a member of the Committee is intending to travel to Venice for the opening period, the Institute can provide two tickets to the event as an acknowledgement of their contribution.

Obligations

Committee members must fulfil their roles in an accountable, professional and expedient manner. For more information see the committee’s Terms of Reference.

Process

Expressions of interest must be submitted to ceo@architecture.com.au by COB Monday, 3 June 2024.

Please provide the following details:

  • Name
  • Institute membership number
  • Practice
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Reasons for wanting to join (no more than 200 words)
  • Expertise (no more than 100 words)
  • Please also attach a brief CV.

If you have any questions, please contact ceo@architecture.com.au.

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