Postcards from Venice

by | May 17, 2022 | Arts and Place, News & blogs, News & blogs: Arts School

Venice Bienale student fellowships

Students taking part in the British Council Fellowship outside the British Pavillion


After two days of postal strikes in the UK, we reflect on an art project created by one of our students earlier this year in which the post service played an integral role.

Tegen Tossel, a student on the MA Arts and Place at Dartington Arts School, took up a British Council fellowship earlier this year at the Venice Beinnale. As part of her project she asked members of the public to get creative using a postcard template she provided, which they were then invited to send back to Dartington for her to collect later. The project draws on ideas of collaboration and community involvement, as well as rethinking our ever-changing relationship to place, which are taught by Jo Joelson and guest lecturers on the degree programme. 

The project, called “postcard anon”, engages with the ephemeral nature of human engagement with the city, especially in the context of Venice’s history as a trading post, a place where people and things have passed through.

Postcard anon looks at mapping the transient nature of people using postcards to create connections. Each postcard asks the receiver to take part in the project through a short task.

Below we have pulled together some images of the project to give you a sense of the results of Tegen’s work. 

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