Richard Bell Slide Night
In May 2019 Richard Bell wrapped a replica of the Australian Pavilion in chains, put it on a barge, and sailed it throughout the Venetian lagoon during the Venice Biennale. He also pitched a tent and presented his ongoing project Embassy.
Both art spectacle and critique, it began after Richard was shortlisted but not selected to be Australia’s official representation at the Venice Biennale. The project was initially funded by the artist himself, Milani Gallery and a crowd funding campaign that was driven by inclusivity and true community spirit as an act of art activism — Australia Council for the Arts and Arts QLD then followed suit.
Join Richard as he shares the stories of this monumental feat, of not waiting for permission and what happens when you work outside the institutional framework. He will also address the key themes of Embassy 2019; the interrogation of the impacts of colonialism and global capitalism and the responses from his invited guests — leading First Nations artists and academics from around the globe.