The Biennale Foundation has been making efforts to make its exhibitions accessible to a wide range of audience, especially the locals who may be new to contemporary art and international artists participating in the Biennale. One such initiative that began in 2016 is the Interpretation Support Corps. A couple of months before the start of the Biennale, the Foundation embarked on this initiative to undertake a bunch of volunteers from different parts of the country and educational backgrounds, and trained them to help the visitors experience the Biennale.

Since the Biennale started, the Interpretation Support Corps have been conducting free guided tours, twice a day, in English and Malayalam. These “Biennale Guides” also take patrons, dignitaries, and other guests on special guided tours across all venues. Here is a glimpse of one of the interpreters talking about an artwork on a live video.

The Foundation, in collaboration with Swissnex India, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, and Foundation for Indian Contemporary Arts (FICA), is organizing Space for Encounters, an in-depth workshop for ten days on Art Mediation. The workshop will be facilitated by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne, Switzerland, which specializes in art mediation research and is focusing on developing programs that involve non-experts. The workshop will culminate into a keynote lecture session that’ll be open to all. Details of the event are mentioned here.

Scheduled tours start from the Information Desk at Aspinwall House everyday at 11 am and 3 pm – Tuesday to Sunday, and 11:30 am and 3 pm on Mondays. Separate tours in English and Malayalam.