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Therme Group™ and British Council Announce their Partnership at the British Pavilion during the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale
A Therme Forum Panel Discussion and Workshop within the British Pavilion’s ‘Island’ program will mark the launch of the partnership between
the two cultural organizations

Venice, September 19, 2018Therme Group™ is pleased to announce their partnership with British Council, as part of their international art initiative, the Therme Art Program. To mark the launch, a Therme Forum panel discussion titled Free Future Cities will be presented at the British Pavilion within their Island program, featuring leading voices in art, architecture, and science about the future of architecture and city planning. Panelists include Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director), Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst (Founding Partner, FuturePace), Michaela de Pury (Co-Founder & Partner, de Pury de Pury), Peter St John (Partner, Caruso St John Architects), Lonneke Gordijn (artist & co-founder at Studio Drift), Stefano Mancuso (Professor of Botany and Author), and Robert C. Hanea (Partner, President & Chairman of the Board, Therme Group™); moderated by Mikolaj Sekutowicz (Partner & Vice President of Therme Group™ and Curator of Therme Art Program) and Sara Faraj (Secretary of the Therme Art Program Advisory Board).

Free Future Cities is presented during the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, using the Biennale exhibition concept of ‘Freespace’ as a point of departure for the discussion. Panelists will analyze how a free and common environment can liberate the mind and body; how the idea of ‘Freespace’ can be created through innovation in art and architecture; and how aiming for a 'Freefuture' will help us to reconsider architecture and city planning. The British Pavilion’s Island, conceived by Caruso St John Architects with artist Marcus Taylor, also responds to the Biennale’s exhibition theme of Freespace and is “intended as a platform for a new and optimistic beginning,” providing further context to the panel discussion topic of future cities. 

A Therme Workshop will be hosted the next day at Bauer Palladio to continue the conversation from the Free Future Cities panel discussion within a more intimate and focused environment. An esteemed group of interdisciplinary participants have been invited to the workshop to contribute in defining the Therme Art Program’s initiatives and formulate new concepts of city planning. 

The Free Future Cities Therme Workshop and Therme Forum are part of the Therme Art Program’s year-round programming platform, designed to broaden the conversation about art, architecture and the future of our urban environments.
The British Council is the latest addition to Therme Group™’s network of partner organizations that aims to extend Therme Art Program’s mission of supporting the art community and contributing to an open dialogue on creating sustainable solutions for our future cities through innovations in art and architecture.

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About British Council
The British Council is a British organization specializing in international cultural and educational opportunities. It works in over 100 countries promoting a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language; encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational cooperation with the United Kingdom; and changing people’s lives through access to education, skills, qualifications, culture and society.

About Therme Group
Therme Group™ is a leading global technology company and integrator of wellness and entertainment concepts focused on revolutionizing the wellbeing industry. The Therme Group™ is an internationally active trademark dedicated to planning, building, and operating the most technologically advanced wellness and relaxation facilities in the world. Therme Group TM aims to support the international art community through various aspects of their new art initiative, the Therme Art Program.

About Therme Art Program
Launched at the Royal Institution in London during the Frieze Academy Art & Architecture Conference in October 2017, the Therme Art Program is an innovative art initiative dedicated to supporting large-scale, complex artworks. Its mission is to fulfill artists’ visions that cannot be realized in galleries or museum spaces—no matter how complex their production, installation, and long-term maintenance may be. The program wishes to grant artists full access to the Therme Group™’s facilities and thus enable the creation of a significant and long-lasting cultural legacy, as thermal baths have been doing since Roman times. Historically, Roman baths were accessible, social and egalitarian settings. Drawing on this tradition, the
Therme Group™’s new projects will allow artworks to reach a diverse public outside the familiar white walls of the museum or gallery.
The Therme Art Program aims to challenge the limitations of conventional art spaces, whether it be playing with the architectural elements of a space, creating entire ecosystems, immersive installations, or designing sauna environments that transform visitors’ experiences.

About Island at the British Pavilion 
The British Council presents Island at the British Pavilion for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Caruso St John Architects with artist Marcus Taylor responded to Freespace, with the construction of a new public gathering space in the Giardini in Venice. This year, Island has made history, being awarded Special Mention for the coveted Golden Lion Award for Best National Pavilion by La Biennale di Venezia; this is the first time the British Pavilion and British Council has been honored with the award.
Therme Art Program and Therme Forum are an initiative of the Therme Group.

This event was realized in partnership with British Council and Nomad. 

Image: ISLAND, British Pavilion, Drone Photography © British Council, photos by Cultureshock Media

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