Venice Biennale art show: Helen Sear to represent Wales

Work by Helen Sear Helen Sear's work crosses over from photography to fine art

Related Stories

A Newport-based photographer will be the first woman to represent Wales in a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

Helen Sear, whose work crosses over between photography and fine art, has been chosen for the event described as the Olympics of contemporary art in 2015.

The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) said there was growing acclaim for her "high quality, conceptually rigorous work".

Ms Sear said it had long been her ambition to represent Wales in Venice.

Confirming her selection, the ACW said her work "shows particular maturity and sophistication, seamlessly moving between expanded notions of photography, sculpture and video, with the artist exhibiting great command of different materials and production processes".

Based at the University of South Wales in Newport, Ms Sear was joint winner of the visual art prize at the 2011 National Eisteddfod.

"Having lived and worked in Wales since 1984, the opportunity to be part of Wales in Venice has been an ambition of mine for several years," she said.

"The photographic image in art practice has never been so diverse or contested and, with the acceleration of new digital technologies, the material presence of the image is now more than ever at stake."

Helen Sear Helen Sear is based at the University of South Wales in Newport
Work by Helen Sear She says digital advances are having an impact on "the material presence of the image"

Louise Wright, ACW commissioner for Wales in Venice, said the council was "very excited" to be working with Ms Sear and Ffotogallery, the national development agency for photography which will curate the exhibition.

"Wales in Venice 2015 is a significant opportunity to develop and present new work at the world's most prestigious international event for the visual arts," she added.

The Venice Biennale has been seen as an important showcase for contemporary art from Wales since 2003 when the country was first represented.

Bethan Huws, Laura Ford and Heather Morrison have been involved in previous Welsh contributions, but Ms Sear will be the first woman to represent Wales with a solo collection.

Musician and artist John Cale is also among those to have represented Wales in Venice.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC South East Wales



Min. Night 2 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • The AmericansThe good guys?

    A US TV show examining the Cold War is offering a radical revision of history, writes Eric Kohn


  • Virtual courtroomClick Watch

    The 'forensic holodeck’ system that recreates crime scenes as 3D virtual worlds

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.