20 September 2023 — Announcement

Invitation to tender for a review of the Scotland + Venice project

Established in 2003, Scotland + Venice is a significant, flagship project that promotes the best of contemporary art and architecture from Scotland on the world stage at La Biennale di Venezia (La Biennale). La Biennale is the oldest and one of the most prestigious cultural organisations in the world, presenting annual festivals of Dance, Music, Theatre and Cinema alongside the biennial exhibitions of Contemporary Art and Architecture.

Scotland + Venice is delivered through a strategic partnership of Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland, National Galleries Scotland (NGS), Architecture & Design Scotland (A&DS), V&A Dundee and the Scottish Government. Centred on supporting creative excellence and ambition, the project positions Scotland as a dynamic place for contemporary cultural production that is committed to the global exchange of ideas.

The Review

Creative Scotland is commissioning a Review of Scotland + Venice, on behalf of the Scotland + Venice partners, to determine the future viability of the project and the effectiveness of the current approach. While the achievements of Scotland + Venice have been significant there are serious resourcing and capacity challenges that need to be addressed. In addition, in the context of the climate crisis The Review will consider if and how Scotland + Venice can achieve Net Zero.

The Review is anticipated to run from November 2023 through to April 2024 and comprise a mixture of desk research, interviews with key stakeholders, and targeted sectoral engagement sessions. The work will be overseen by a Steering Group made up of representatives of the partner organisations and invited stakeholders.

For further information on the scope of work, as well as the necessary experience and skills to apply, please see the full tender brief on Public Contracts Scotland: https://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=SEP488684


We expect the budget for this project to be between £30,000 to £35,000 including VAT. Tenderers registered for VAT should indicate this in their proposal.


The tender closing date is 2 November 2023. It is anticipated that the assignment will run from 27 Nov 2023 until 14 May 2024, subject to termination clauses outlined in the full tender brief.

How to apply

The Deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on 2 November 2023 through the Scottish Government e-Tendering System, Public Contracts Scotland

To apply for this opportunity, please register with PCS as a supplier if you are not already registered, by following the below link to the website: Supplier Registration – Public Contracts Scotland

Once registered, please then complete your application via the PCS Portal using Reference No. SEP488684 at the following link: View Notice – Public Contracts Scotland