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Therme Art Announces Upcoming Programmes, Symposia, and Initiatives in Venice and London


Support for Sonia Boyce’s Exhibition in the British Pavilion of the Venice Biennale

Marks Fourth Consecutive Partnership with the British Council

for Art and Architecture Biennales


Charity Gala to be Held on April 21

To Raise Funds for Ukrainian Humanitarian Organisations

14 April 2022—Therme Art today announced upcoming programmes and activations it is mounting in partnership with leading institutions, governmental agencies, artists, architects, urban planners, and scientists that advance its mission of fostering individual and social wellbeing, environmental sustainability, and the resiliency of urban life. These include initiatives in Venice and London.  Upcoming programmes and partnerships include:

La Biennale di Venezia 2022

Sonia Boyce OBE RA
British Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia
23 April –  27 November (pre-opening on 20, 21, and 22 April)

Therme Group is the British Council’s Platinum Partner for the Sonia Boyce commission at the British Pavilion, marking its fourth consecutive partnership in supporting the commissioning and presentation of the artists and architects representing Great Britain in the Venice Art and Architecture Biennales.

Boyce’s installation at the British Pavilion is a poignant example of the wondrous possibilities that can arise from the power of creative collaboration.

Therme Art's Wellbeing Culture Forum: The Impact of Social Practice
British Pavilion
21 April, 4:45 – 6:30 pm

In collaboration with the British Council and in partnership with the Serpentine, Therme Art is mounting the third edition of its annual Wellbeing Culture Forum.  The Impact of Social Practice draws upon Boyce’s installation to explore the social components of her process, highlighting its historical context and political significance, alongside the practices of other artists whose work centres on community in order to provoke change.

Following opening remarks by Mikolaj Sekutowicz, CEO of Therme Art, and Emma Dexter, Commissioner of the British Pavilion, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator and Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries, and Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju, Artist and Curator, co-moderate a panel in conversation with Boyce; Precious Okoyomon, Artist and Poet; and Emma Ridgway, Curator of the British Pavilion.

Charity Gala for Ukraine’s People and Culture
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, San Polo
21 April, at 8:00 pm

An array of international foundations and arts organisations, including The Brant Foundation and Ikona Collection, in partnership with TBA21, are joining together to co-host a charity gala and auction to raise funds to support pressing humanitarian needs in Ukraine, including cultural workers and resources. The recipients include Maria Prymachenko Foundation, Ukrainian Emergency Art Fund, 100% Life, the Museum Crisis Centre, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, Museums for Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Emergency Pavilion.

The charity gala is being hosted by Peter Brant Jr, Ivy Getty, Cecilia Alemani, Princess Alia Al-Senussi, Klaus Biesenbach, Stefano Boeri, Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir, Simon de Pury, Larry Gagosian, Marc Glimcher and Fairfax Dorn, Robert Hanea, Maja Hoffmann, Maria Isserlis, Simon Lee, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ulla Parker, Erica Pelosini, Mikolaj Sekutowicz and Sara Farai, Tej Tadi and Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza.

The event also includes a dinner and charity auction by Simon de Pury, followed by a special performance.

Serpentine Pavilion 2022, London

Theaster Gates, Black Chapel
Serpentine Pavilion
10 June – 16 October

Therme Group is supporting the realisation of Black Chapel, the Serpentine Pavilion of 2022, designed by Theaster Gates with Adjaye Associates throughout its full life cycle, marking the fourth consecutive year of its partnership with the Serpentine on its annual architectural commission. The partners’ ongoing collaboration explores the bonds that link art, architecture and forms of creative expression through channels that encourage wellbeing, such as their co-curated Wellbeing Culture Forum talks programme.

Therme Group previously supported Serpentine Pavilions designed by Sumayya Vally and her studio Counterspace (2021), Junya Ishigami (2019) and Frida Escobedo (2018). Therme Art partnered in the activation of each of these architectural spaces through the conceptualisation and organisation of innovative events and commissioned projects that provided platforms for cross-disciplinary exchange and innovative thinking that seeks to foster wellbeing through the arts.

Black Chapel, together with previous pavilions which have been realised through the support of Therme Art, are now in the stewardship of Therme Group, and will be relocated to a permanent site in the future.

Recent Programmes

Wellbeing Culture Symposium: Hildegard von Bingen
31 March to 3 April, 2022
Disibordenbenberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Hildegard von Bingen (c. 1098-1179), is considered a forebear in the development of a scientific approach to our understanding of the natural world, as well as a healer, writer and composer. Her exploration of the dynamic relationship between the human microcosm and the mesocosm on Gaia, inspired a rich body of holistic knowledge. Drawing upon Hildegard’s interdisciplinary work, this Wellbeing Culture Symposium brought together artists, architects, designers, scientists and activists to spark creative dialogue on pressing issues concerning the wellbeing of humanity, including social inclusion, urban development and ecosystem regeneration.

Co-organised by Therme Art, One Health Research Centre, Serpentine, and IKEM, the conference explored themes including: secular vs religious transcendence, spiritual principles in creative fields, ancient and indigenous wisdom, food as archive, the bifurcation of the natural and human worlds and a call to symbiotic futures. Participants in the symposium co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Mikolaj Sekutowicz included Tino Sehgal, Sumayya Vally, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Koo Jeong A, Es Devlin, Tatiana Bilbao, Kennedy Yanko.

About Therme
Therme Group is a leading global wellbeing provider designing, constructing and operating the world’s largest wellbeing facilities. Its urban development proposition incorporates environmental concepts to re-integrate nature into everyday life. Therme Art, the global wellbeing leader’s cultural incubator, is responsible for outreach to creative communities. Therme Art curates forums between culture, science and society, working with internationally renowned and emerging artists and architects to develop site-specific projects that redefine contemporary art viewing. 
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