The perfect course for students who are not taking a Gap Year and are interested in Art, Contemporary, Modern and Classic and the experience of spending three weeks in one of the most magical cities in the world with a group of like-minded individuals.
Venice is perfect for study. It is like a campus, with no cars, buses or trucks. We walk everywhere or use the water-bus system. It is safe and contained and even in the summer, the areas we are in are largely free from the tourist masses.
With lectures and presentations from some of the leading individuals in the art world, plus practical classes in painting, photography and cooking.
JULY 7 – 28 2019
John Hall Venice
The summer of 2019 sees the launch of The John Hall Summer Course in Venice. Created and run by Charlie Hall and John Hall Venice it is an exciting concept that caters both for those interested in art and the art world, whether as university students or students between school and university and those who want to spend three weeks in this extraordinary city with a group of like-minded individuals. With its tradition of contemporary art activities- the Biennale, the Architecture Biennale, the Venice Film Festival, the presence of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of 20th century Art, and Francois Pinault’s two major collections of contemporary art at the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana and the Prada Foundation, Venice has always been at the cutting edge of the art world. We have brought together a team of international experts who will speak about their specialist subjects.
THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN COMPETE WITH EXPERIENCING ART, BOTH CONTEMPORARY AND OLD MASTERS FACE-TO-FACE IN THE EXTRAORDINARY ENVIRONMENT OF VENICE. YOU’LL GET TO MEET THE CRITICS, ARTISTS, CURATORS & MANY MORE. PLUS PRESENTATIONS ON THE HISTORY OF VENICE, ITALIAN CINEMA, THE LITERARY IMAGE OF VENICE, CLIMATE CHANGE & THE CHALLENGES FACING THE 21ST CENTURY CITY AND MUCH MORE…
The Venice Biennale is the world’s leading exposition of Contemporary Art and every country that produces art is represented, whether in a national pavilion in the Giardini, the Arsenale or in one of the many ‘off-site pavilions’ scattered all around Venice, in palaces or churches. To be in the city whilst this incredible show is open is a wonderful experience. To be taken around the exhibitions by our team of critics, curators, dealers and an active contemporary artist is a privilege available to very few people.
Venice in the summer is hot and wonderful. All lectures take place in air-conditioned rooms. Added to the impressive list of lectures there will be a comprehensive introduction to Venetian art given by Charlie Hall, MA, Director of the course, that includes tours of many of the great churches and galleries of Venice, to see paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Titian, Carpaccio, Tintoretto, Veronese and Tiepolo amongst others. There will also be a series of talks on Italian Cinema given by Xan Brooks, film critic for The Guardian and on The Literary Image of Venice given by author and resident of the city, Gregory Dowling.
There will be the option to take a course in Italian cookery, a series of photography classes given by Mark Smith, a resident of Venice and a renowned international photographer, and to take drawing and painting classes given by Tom Young, landscape artist and resident of Beirut. He will also give a fascinating talk about life in that extraordinary city and the flowers of hope and creativity that thrust up through the bombed buildings of a city that was once known as the ‘Paris of the Mediterranean’.
2019 is the year of the world-famous Art Biennale and we shall be visiting the national pavilions in the Giardini and also the Arsenale with our experts. 2020 will be the year of the Architecture Biennale but with architects operating in some cases almost as artists, that event will be fantastic to visit too.
On the weekend and when there are no organised activities students will have the opportunity to get a vaporetto to the Lido for a swim in the sea and to hang out on the fantastic beaches there or to hire a bike and ride along the empty roads alongside the water.
Whilst we are in Venice we will have the opportunity to take part in the feast of the Redentore. A chance to experience one of Venice’s most genuine festivals, celebrated with a stunning display of fireworks on Saturday night. In the 16th century the republic vowed to honour the end of an outbreak of The Black Death with a festival on the third Sunday of July. Unlike the Carnival, this is not a tourist event but something celebrated by all Venetians in which a bridge is built over the great Guidecca canal and mass is celebrated every hour in Palladio’s fabulous church (Il Redentore). On the Saturday night everyone gathers in boats in the bacino of S. Marco and in restaurants and cafes on the waterfront and eats and drinks as the fireworks explode in the sky above.
We will visit the Accademia Gallery, home to Venetian painting, from the 14th century to the 18th century, we will have private visits to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection to see one of the most exceptional collections of 20th century art every gathered by a single person and to The Basilica of Saint Mark in the evening to see the incredible mosaics and golden treasures, free from the bustle of other visitors.
The Faculty includes:
Jacky Klein; Director of Heni Publishing, was Executive Editor at Tate Publishing, broadcaster, writer (‘What Is Contemporary Art? – a children’s guide’ and ‘Grayson Perry’)
Nicholas Hall; Independent Art Dealer and Curator, New York.
Tom Young; Painter.
Thomas J. Price: Contemporary artist
Louisa Buck; Art Critic, journalist, broadcaster and author of books on Contemporary Art & Collecting
Xan Brooks: Film critic for The Guardian & The Observer
Ben Street: Art Historian, Educator, Lecturer and Writer
Mark Smith; Photographer
The course lasts for twenty-one days and runs from 7th to 28th July. Accommodation is in twin rooms in a family-run hotel in the Dorsoduro district of the city, minutes away from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Contemporary Art Collection of Francois Pinault at the Punta della Dogana.
NB: The fee includes hotel, breakfast and dinner, Venice travel pass, all entrances on the programme and the photography, drawing and painting sessions but does not include flights to and from Venice or Italian language and cookery classes It should be noted that if you require a single occupancy room, there is a supplement.
Vicky Gillions, John Hall Venice
Telephone: 020 8871 4747