Scotland + Venice 2013

  • Work by Hayley Tompkins at Palazzo Pisani (photo: Marco Secchi / Getty Images)  
  • Duncan Campbell at Palazzo Pisani (photo: Marco Secchi / Getty Images)  
  • Corin Sworn at Palazzo Pisani (photo: Marco Secchi / Getty Images)  

    Corin Sworn, Duncan Campbell & Hayley Tompkins (photo: Getty Images)

    Scotland + Venice provides artists based in Scotland  with a valuable platform to showcase their work on the international  stage at one of the world’s most prestigious visual arts festivals, the Venice Biennale. Since 2003 it’s played host to critically acclaimed exhibitions from  artists such as Martin Boyce (2009) and Karla Black (2011) and this  year’s presentation at the Palazzo Pisani promises once again to be a  treat for visual art lovers…

    Running from 1 June - 24 November, Scotland + Venice 2013 is curated by The Common Guild and celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Venice Biennale with an  exhibition of specially commissioned works from Glasgow-based artists Duncan Campbell, Corin Sworn and Hayley Tompkins.

    About the 2013 commissions

    • Work by Hayley Tompkins at Palazzo Pisani (photo: Marco Secchi / Getty Images)  
    • Duncan Campbell at Palazzo Pisani (photo: Marco Secchi / Getty Images)  
    • Corin Sworn at Palazzo Pisani (photo: Marco Secchi / Getty Images)  

      Dublin born artist and Glasgow School of Art graduate Duncan Campbell tackles  the themes of cultural imperialism and commodity by combining filmed and  archive footage with animation to create his new film 'It for Others'. The Film draws inspiration from the Chris Marker and Alain Resnais 1953  essay film ‘Les Statues meurent aussi’ (also screening at the venue).

      Fellow GSA graduate Corin Sworn uses a recently re-discovered collection of  her father’s 1970s anthropological slides as the inspiration for a  variety of works presented across three rooms - including an  installation of floor tiles, a short film and photographic images.

      And completing the trio of Glasgow based talent, Hayley Tompkins’ striking  floor-based works utilise ready-made plastic trays, water bottles and  boxed photographic prints, to create a colourful array of tones and  textures.

      Scotland + Venice opens to the public on 1 June.

      For those who can’t make the trip to Venice, all of the commissions will return to Scotland as part of the landmark exhibition GENERATION in 2014.  Taking place in more than 50 galleries across the country next summer, GENERATION is set to be one of the most ambitious exhibitions ever  staged in the UK.

      More about Scotland + Venice

      With  a proud ten year history of promoting new work at one of the world’s  most prestigious visual art festivals, the Venice Biennale, Scotland +  Venice plays a vital role in helping to raise the profile of Scotland as  one of the most vibrant countries for the production, promotion and  presentation of contemporary art.

      Scotland + Venice is a  partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland and the  National Galleries of Scotland. The 2013 exhibition has been curated and  organised by The Common Guild.

      To find out more about the project and the artists involved - both past and present - visit scotlandandvenice.com.