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01Making Up The City20170522

Polly Coles on Venetian artists who have engaged with their home in a modern spirit.

Writer Polly Coles reads Making Up the City, the first of her essays in search of what makes a true Venetian. Beginning each essay with an object or a place, she traces a cultural and historical thread through to living individuals who are contributing to a rich and diverse contemporary Venetian culture. She argues the true Venetian does not have to be born in the city or a permanent resident to be part of a viable, creative future for this beleaguered community.

Beginning with Mariano Fortuny, painter, innovator and textile artist, Polly looks at Venetian artists who have engaged with their ancient home in a modern spirit and asks is it possible to make something new in this museum city?

Written and performed by Polly Coles
Producer: Melanie Harris Sparklab Productions.

02True Venetian Islanders20170523

How the geography of Venice has allowed segregated and separate communities to evolve.

Writer Polly Coles reads Islanders, the second of her essays in search of what makes a true Venetian. Beginning each essay with an object or a place, she traces a cultural and historical thread through to living individuals who are contributing to a rich and diverse contemporary Venetian culture. She argues the true Venetian does not have to be born in the city or a permanent resident to be part of a viable, creative future for this beleaguered community.

Polly begins in the medieval Jewish cemetery on the Lido and discusses how the island geography of Venice has allowed segregated and separate communities to evolve.

Written and performed by Polly Coles
Producer: Melanie Harris Sparklab Productions.

03Import/export20170524

Polly Coles discusses Venice and ideas of flight, exile, discrimination and art.

Writer Polly Coles reads Import/Export, the third of her essays in search of what makes a true Venetian. Beginning each essay with an object or a place, she traces a cultural and historical thread through to living individuals who are contributing to a rich and diverse contemporary Venetian culture. She argues the true Venetian does not have to be born in the city or a permanent resident to be part of a viable, creative future for this beleaguered community.

Polly starts with Francis Bacon's 'Study for Chimpanzee' in the Guggenheim collection and discusses flight, exile, discrimination and art.

Written and performed by Polly Coles
Producer: Melanie Harris Sparklab Productions.

04Exhibitions And Exhibitionism20170525

Polly Coles discusses the work of the many Venetian artists revitalising the city today.

Writer Polly Coles reads Exhibitions and Exhibitionism, continuing in her search of what it might mean to be a true Venetian. Beginning each essay with an object or a place, she traces a cultural and historical thread through to living individuals who are contributing to a rich and diverse contemporary Venetian culture. She argues the true Venetian does not have to be born in the city or a permanent resident to be part of a viable, creative future for this beleaguered community.

Polly starts at the alternative beachcombers' Biennale on the Lido and ends with the work of some of the many Venetian artists revitalising the city today.

Written and performed by Polly Coles
Producer: Melanie Harris Sparklab Productions.

05Women's Work20170526

Focusing on the numerous female artisans who once serviced the Venetian textile industry.

Writer Polly Coles reads Women's Work, the last of her essays in search of what makes a true Venetian. Beginning each essay with an object or a place, she traces a cultural and historical thread through to living individuals who are contributing to a rich and diverse contemporary Venetian culture. She argues the true Venetian does not have to be born in the city or a permanent resident to be part of a viable, creative future for this beleaguered community.

Polly begins at the deconsecrated church of Sant'Anna - once a convent - in search of the armies of anonymous female artisans who for centuries serviced the Venetian textile industry.

Written and performed by Polly Coles
Producer: Melanie Harris Sparklab Productions.