Scotland + Venice 2005


Glasgow-based artists, Alex Pollard, Cathy Wilkes, Tom O'Sullivan and Joanne Tatham 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.

The 51st International Art Exhibition took place between 12 June and 6 November 2005. 
More  than 400,000 visitors visited the central exhibition and the wide range of associated exhibitions spread throughout the city.

Following the exhibition in Venice, audiences in Scotland had an opportunity to see Selective Memory when it is revisited at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh in December.

Selective Memory was the second national presentation of Scottish artists at the Venice Biennale following on from the highly successful Zenomap exhibition in 2003, which featured work by Claire Barclay, Jim Lambie and Simon Starling in an exhibition which attracted many  thousands of visitors and received much critical acclaim in 2005.

A blog written by Sorcha Dallas on Scotland + Venice in 2005 can be read here. A review in the Scotsman on the event can be read here.

The presentation was supported by a partnership comprising the Scottish Arts Council, the British Council and National Galleries of Scotland.