Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Cuts see British Pavilion turn to corporate sponsorship

  • Comment

The British Council has been forced to seek private sponsorship for the British Pavilion in Venice following budget cuts

The move is part of drive to increase income from commercial activity and partnerships following a 25 per cent reduction to British Council’s budget during the period of this government.

However British Council architecture director and 2012 pavilion co-curator Vicky Richardson played down reports the organisation’s contribution to the project’s £110,000 production budget could be halved by 2014, describing the claims as ‘misinformation’ and insisted the pavilion’s creativity would not be infringed by private backers.

‘Many of the pavilions have corporate sponsorship,’ she said.

‘Corporate sponsors are very sophisticated and they understand their support of projects is not contingent on them having an impact on [content].

‘The integrity of the project is absolutely secure, there is no way we would allow it to be shaped by a sponsor’.

‘We will be working with a fundraising consultant and we will be talking to organisations and companies that are appropriate to what we do.’

Richardson added a corporate backer was already being sought to fund exhibiting this year’s pavilion in London.  

The British Council said it was too early to confirm what percentage of the high-profile exhibition’s costs could come from the private sector in future years..

A spokesperson said: ‘We remain firmly committed to commissioning the British Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale. It’s too early to confirm budget for 2014.’

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs

AJ Jobs