Scotland + Venice is a major, international project designed to promote the best of contemporary art and architecture from Scotland on the world stage.  Founded in 2003 the project supports the development of new work, fosters international connections and exchange, and positions Scotland as a vibrant place for creative and cultural production.

Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland, National Galleries Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Scotland + Venice

Simon Starling

Through participation in La Biennale, Scotland + Venice aims to position Scotland internationally as a distinct, dynamic and diverse centre for creative excellence, fostering ambitious, innovative work in the fields of contemporary art and architecture, strengthened through international development, professional dialogue, public engagement and cultural exchange. Read more


Piper at the opening of Scotland at the Venice Biennale
Piper at the opening of Scotland at the Venice Biennale. Featuring Kate Whiteford, ‘Site Lines’ and David Mach, ‘Softening the Hardened Hearts of Men’

Scotland + Venice was founded in 2003 initially to develop and promote the best contemporary art from Scotland on an international stage at the Venice Biennale, which was established in 1895. Since 2008 we have also participated in the Architecture Biennale. Read more

Who We Are

Chiesa di S. Caterina, Fondamenta Santa Caterina,
Chiesa di S. Caterina, Fondamenta Santa Caterina, Venice.

Scotland + Venice is a partnership which comprises, Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland, National Galleries Scotland, Architectures & Design Scotland and Scottish Government. The partnership is the main funder and commissioning body, appointing a different curatorial partner or project for each Biennale working with artists and architectural practices. Read more


Scotland + Venice is committed to providing development opportunities across the teams of people we work with as well as for students and early year practitioners. We run a dedicated Professional Development Programme in partnership with Universities and Colleges and other organisations to provide opportunities for students to work in Venice at the exhibition and develop their own area of research. Read more

Partners, Funders & Supporters

Partnerships We work with artists and individuals, cultural organisations, funders and policy makers. Get in touch to explore how we can collaborate, or if you are interested in supporting our work financially. Read more

Contact Us

If you have any enquiries relating to our work please contact development@scotlandandvenice.com For Press enquiries please contact Media.Office@CreativeScotland.com Keep up to date Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Sign up to our Newsletter Read more