Rachel Maclean
13 May - 26 November 2017
Chiesa di Santa Caterina, Fondamenta Santa Caterina, 30121, Cannaregio

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 is presented as a large-scale portrait projection at the altar of the deconsecrated church, Chiesa di Santa Caterina, Cannaregio.

Find out more in this announcement at the official unveiling of the film, and also see curator Richard Ashrowan’s reflections on the film.

Also download the Scotland + Venice 2017 Exhibition Guide (PDF)

Rachel Maclean

A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Rachel Maclean works across film, print and photography to construct fantasy narratives that play with issues of identity, social values and politics. A mix of high art and popular culture, advanced technology and traditional theatre, humour and serious enquiry, her work is exacting and engaging.


Title Spite Your Face
Curated by Alchemy Film and Arts in partnership with Talbot Rice Gallery and the University of Edinburgh. Project Manager Karen Shaw.
Producer Film Produced by Barry Crerar
Returned to Scotland 24 February – 5 May 2018, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh


Creative Scotland / British Council / National Galleries of Scotland / Alchemy Film & Arts / Talbot Rice Gallery / Outset Scotland / University of EdinburghEdinburgh College of ArtSaltire Society