The British Council has launched an open call for exhibition proposals for the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition, directed by Chilean architect and Pritzker jury member Alejandro Aravena, will be about "focusing and learning from architectures that through intelligence, intuition, or both of them at the same time, are able to escape the status quo."
Expressions of interest can be submitted in the form of short concept proposals for the theme and visual language of the exhibition. "The proposals should contribute an acute observation of contemporary British architecture," says the council. "You might critically analyze architectural practice or exemplary work where architecture makes a difference. We are also interested in the means by which these observations will be expressed and communicated to a wide audience, and the discussion that they will generate between professionals and the public."
“We see the 2016 British Pavilion as an opportunity to take a good look at British architecture in all its forms, whether built work or critical ideas. There are many ways to approach this and we welcome bold and imaginative ideas for the format as well as the content of the exhibition," says pavilion commissioner Vicky Richardson.
The council hopes to establish an interdisciplinary team that will undertake multiple roles, from research to creating a coherent curatorial narrative and producing detailed designs for the exhibition.
The selection will be a two-stage process. Initial expressions be received by September 11, 2015, at 12pm. Three shortlisted teams will be invited to develop their concepts and present to a selection panel in October. All the details and instructions for submitting your ideas can be found here.