Scotland + Venice 2022 for the 59th International Art Exhibition

23 April – 27 November 2022, Docks Cantieri Cucchini

Alberta Whittle

Alberta Whittle’s commission of new work is representing Scotland as a collateral event at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia at the Arsenale Docks, S. Pietro di Castello. The project is commissioned by the Scotland + Venice Partnership and is a multi-partner project initiated by Glasgow International and supported by Glasgow Life through Tramway. This is the tenth presentation commissioned by the Scotland + Venice partnership continuing to build Scotland’s strength and reputation as an important international voice in visual art and architecture.

Recognised as one of the world’s most prestigious festivals of contemporary art, the 2022 edition of La Biennale di Venezia will take place from 23 April – 27 November 2022.

About the Exhibition
Alberta Whittle by Matthew A Williams

Scotland + Venice 2019 for the 58th International Art Exhibition

11 May – 20 November 2019, Arsenale Docks

Charlotte Prodger

In 2019, the Scotland + Venice partnership presented SaF05, a new single-channel video by 2018 Turner Prize-winning artist Charlotte Prodger. SaF05 is named after a maned lioness that figures in the work as a cipher for queer attachment and desire. This animal is the last of several maned lionesses documented in the Okavango Delta and is only known to Prodger through a database of behaviours and camera-trap footage logged across several years. These indexes of SaF05’s existence are intersected with autobiographical fragments from Prodger’s own life that fluctuate between proximity and distance.

About the Exhibition
Still from SaF05, courtesy of the artist

Scotland + Venice 2017 for the 57th International Art Exhibition

13 May – 26 November 2017, Chiesa di Santa Caterina

Rachel Maclean

Rachel Maclean represented Scotland at the 57th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, which ran from 13 May to 26 November 2017, with major new film commission Spite Your Face. Curated by Alchemy Film and Arts, in partnership with Talbot Rice Gallery and the University of Edinburgh, Maclean’s modern-day, dark Venetian fairytale was presented as a large-scale portrait projection at the altar of the deconsecrated church, Chiesa di Santa Caterina, Cannaregio.

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Scotland + Venice 2015 for the 56th International Art Exhibition

9 May – 22 November 2015, Palazzo Fontana

Graham Fagen

Graham Fagen represented Scotland at the 56th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale, running from 9 May to 22 November 2015, in a solo presentation commissioned and curated by Hospitalfield, Arbroath.

In 2016, Fagen reinterpreted the body of work originally conceived for the four noble rooms of Palazzo Fontana. In Arbroath the exhibition of sculpture, drawing and moving image was installed, with some changes and additions, in to the lovely and various historic Arts & Crafts rooms of Hospitalfield House. The exhibition ran from 19 March until 17 April 2016 with a series of events focused around the start and end of the show.

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Scotland + Venice 2013 for the 55th International Art Exhibition

1 June – 1 June 2013, Palazzo Pisani

Sworn, Campbell, Tompkins

Scotland + Venice 2013 is an exhibition of new works by Corin Sworn, Duncan Campbell and Hayley Tompkins, three of the most consistently interesting artists working in Scotland today, presented by The Common Guild in the Palazzo Pisani (S. Marina).

About the Exhibition
‘Digital Light Pool (Orange)’, 2013 Acrylic on plastic trays, stock photographs, wooden boxes, glass, plastic bottles, watercolour. Installation view ‘Scotland + Venice 2013: Sworn / Campbell / Tompkins’. Commissioned by The Common Guild for Scotland + Venice 2013. Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photograph by Ruth Clark

Scotland + Venice 2011 for the 54th International Art Exhibition

2 June – 27 November 2011, Palazzo Pisani

Karla Black

Hovering between energy and mass in nine rooms of the Palazzo Pisani (S. Marina) is a solo exhibition of brand new ‘almost objects’ by the Scottish artist Karla Black. Intimately and painstakingly worked in situ into exquisitely detailed aesthetic forms, a still raw vastness of pure material and colour fills this 15th century Venetian palace. These abstract sculptures – pulverised, atomised, piled, layered, supported, suspended and spilled out onto the floor – offer a visceral experience of absorption in the material world. The artist’s professed love of powders, pastes, creams, oils and gels is in evidence here.

About the Exhibition
Karla Black, Installation view Curated by Fruitmarket Gallery for Scotland + Venice 2011 Photograph by Gautier Deblonde

Scotland + Venice 2009 for the 53th International Art Exhibition

7 June – 22 November 2009, Palazzo Pisani

Martin Boyce

Curated by Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), Martin Boyce’s acclaimed solo exhibition No Reflections was commissioned by Scotland and Venice in 2009. Martin Boyce is one of Scotland’s most prominent artists and is well-known for his sculptural installations that recall conventional public spaces. Imagining an abandoned garden in the fading grandeur of a 15th century Palazzo, Boyce placed groupings of the newly commissioned works in the Palazzo’s seven interconnected rooms – suspended aluminium trees, scattered wax paper leaves, raised stepping stones, a wooden bird box, tables and benches. Drawing on the inner city landscape of Venice, Boyce conflated the internal and external, creating a heightened sense of displacement and abandonment. The works were subsequently reconfigured for the modern, award-winning galleries of DCA as part of our 10th birthday celebrations.

About the Exhibition
Martin Boyce, Installation view. Curated by Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) for Scotland + Venice 2009. Photograph by Gilmar Ribeiro

Scotland + Venice 2005 for the 50th International Art Exhibition

12 June – 6 November 2005

Selective Memory

Glasgow-based artists, Alex Pollard, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan and Cathy Wilkes were chosen to represent Scotland at the 2005 event in an exhibition entitled Selective Memory. In the exhibition, curators Jason E Bowman and Rachel Bradley explored the notion of artistic labour and the process of making art.

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Joanne Tatham + Tom O’Sullivan

Scotland + Venice 2003 for the 49th International Art Exhibition

13 June – 2 November 2003, Palazzo Giustinian-Lolin


The exhibition showed works specially commissioned from the three artists in a magnificent venue comprising five majestic rooms in the 17th century Palazzo Giustinian-Lolin, overlooking the Grand Canal near the Accademia bridge. Alongside the main exhibition a screening and events programme ran in a more contemporary venue (a school gym), a few minutes’ walk away from the exhibition venue, in Dorsoduro in the opening week of the Biennale.

This programme of live events, performances and screenings included newly commissioned work from a wide range of artists including Dave Allen, Katy Dove, Graham Fagen, Luke Fowler, Rob Kennedy, Torsten Lauschmann, Rosalind Nashashibi, Stephen Sutcliffe, Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan.

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Luke Fowler

Scotland + Venice 1990 for the 44th International Art Exhibition

30 April

Tre Scultori Scozzesi

In 1990 for the first, and so far only time, Scotland was part of the official Venice Biennale, featured in the Giardini as a country in its own right along with 39 other nations. At the invitation of the Biennale director Giovanni Carandente, three sculptors, David Mach, Arthur Watson & Kate Whiteford were given prominent place at the heart of the Giardini, across a huge prime open air site right at the Biennale entrance. Tre Scultori Scozzesi were impossible to miss and made an unforgettable impression.

The director himself wrote that he “considered this exhibition one among the most important events of the 44th International.”

About the Exhibition
Kate Whiteford, David Mach, Arthur Watson; 1990.