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Artistic practice and internships for young people



Biennale College is La Biennale di Venezia’s project dedicated to the practice of young people in the artistic fields and in the activities of the organizational structure of the Biennale.


Encouraging young talents, offering them the opportunity to work side by side with the masters to develop “creations” that will be part of our Artistic Programs: this is the spirit of the Biennale College, a well-fitted bridge that allows young people who wish to engage in one of the arts to do so under the finest conditions that an international institution can offer. 
University students can improve their training through the internship experience of the Biennale College - Internships.



The international call expired on 17 February 2023. It was open to students, college graduates, academics and emerging professionals under the age of 35 from around the world. Lesley Lokko, the Artistic Director of the Department, will select the proposals of the applicants up to a maximum of 50 participants (the results will be announced by the end of March 2023), who will work alongside a global cast of architects, academics and built environment professionals on a range of design projects at different scales and map out new possibilities for architectural education in the decades to come.

The Biennale College Architettura will provide an explorative space in which the participants may critically and creatively engage with one another and with experts on the two most pressing concerns of our time: decolonisation and decarbonisation. The educational experience, which will be held in Venice in the Exhibition venues, will allow participants direct access to the works and artefacts on display. In a series of experimental studios, seminars, lectures and public reviews, the participants will draw from the rich history of radical and transformative pedagogies that have surfaced in architectural education over the past fifty years.

The architect Ángel Borrego Cubero will film a documentary dedicated to the educational experience, which will be released in the month of October and screened as an integral part of the Exhibition.

Biennale College Arte is a strategic programme for training and supporting young emerging artists from all around the world.

The goal is to supplement the 60th International Art Exhibition (2024) with an advanced training workshop for the conception, development and production of artworks by emerging artists under the age of 30. Read the Presentation

Biennale College Arte 2023/2024 will support up to 4 new productions by visual artists. They will all be exhibited in the context of the 60th International Art Exhibition. Read the International Call

Deadline for applications: 24 July 2023.

In 2023 the Biennale College Cinema announced its 12th edition with the two calls for applications aimed at Italian and International teams composed of a director and a producer.

The Biennale College Cinema – Italia call for applications is reserved for Italian director/producer teams. The call was open from 16th February to 12th April 2023.

The Biennale College Cinema – International call is reserved for International director/producer teams, and was open from 3rd May to 3rd July 2023.

Learn more on the Biennale College Cinema website

8th edition (2023-2024) of the Biennale College Cinema – Immersive:

The Italian call for applications for the development and production of Virtual Reality projects, to be submitted by Italian teams, was open from March through May 2023.

The International call aimed at teams from all over the world was announced in September 2023 during the 80th Venice International Film Festival.

Learn more on the Biennale College Cinema website

The new call for applications of the Biennale College Danza 2024 will be announced in January/February 2024.
Please visit this page again for updates.




For the Biennale College Musica 2024, five calls are dedicated to the submission of five new compositions: for string quartet, for piano, for viola, for electronics, and for percussion. At the conclusion of the Biennale College study and development process, the new scores will be performed by first-class musicians of new music for their debut at the 68th Festival in 2024.

Composers for string quartet
Composers for solo piano
Composers for solo viola
Composers of electronic music
Composers for percussion

Three calls are aimed at performers: the first dedicated to the formation of a string quartet called upon to perform string quartets by Sciarrino, Lachenmann and Haas; the second dedicated to the selection of a violist da gamba who will perform works by Benedetto Marcello and Isabel Mundry; the third call is for the selection of a percussionist who will perform Le noir de l’étoile by Grisey.

Performers - string quartet
Performers - viola da gamba
Performers - percussion

Deadline for applications (for the eight calls): 27 January 2024.

The 2024 call for applications, aimed at international performers working at site-specific performances, was announced on 13 November 2023:

Call for Performers (both from Italy and abroad) aged 18-40 for the production of two original site-specific performances to be performed outdoors in Venice. Deadline: 9 January 2024.
Call for applications

Two further calls for applications are aimed at Italian directors aged 18-35 and Italian authors aged 18-40.

The new call for applications of the Biennale College Internship for the period February - May 2024 will be announced on 12 December 2023.

A learning experience on the field, organized as a curriculum-required internship for undergraduate or graduate university students who wish to enrich their training in the fields of organization, management, administration, technical support, editorial work, communication, etc., in other words, the work that is done every day within the organizational structure of La Biennale di Venezia.

Just like a “College” experience, the young people selected for the internship are supervised individually in their training, stimulated and encouraged to seek the greatest benefit from the moment they arrive to the last day of their internship, which will also include social events designed to share experiences and create an active community.

The call is reserved for university students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate programme of a University based in Italy.