Scotland + Venice: Architecture Biennale

Since 2010, Scotland’s contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale has been delivered through a partnership between the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland and British Council. The partnership plays a vital role in helping to raise the profile of Scotland for the production, promotion and presentation of contemporary art on the international stage. The Venice Biennale, established in 1895, is the oldest and arguably the most significant international platform within the increasingly global art world. 

Scotland + Venice 2016: Prospect North

The 15th International Architecture Exhibition, REPORTING FROM THE FRONT, will be open to the public from 28 May 2016 – 27 November 2016 at the Giardini and the Arsenale. The exhibition is curated by Alejandro Aravena, organised by La Biennale di Venezia, and chaired by Paolo Baratta.

We are delighted to announce the contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale is Prospect North – an immersive exhibition created by Lateral NorthDualchas Architects and Soluis, and commissioned by the Scotland + Venice partnership – Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Architecture and Design Scotland, and British Council Scotland. 

Prospect North explores Scotland and its relationships alongside its northern neighbours with a focus on people and place. This micro and macro approach delivers a series of innovating mapping strategies, individual narratives, portraits and evocative imagery highlighting Scotland’s place and identity within an economically emerging northern region. 

The event ran from 26 May – 25 June 2016 at Ludoteca Santa Maria Ausiliatrice in Venice, before returning to Scotland for a nationwide tour as part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, and the Festival of Architecture 2016

Scotland + Venice 2014: Past + Future

In 2014, the Scotland + Venice partnership awarded the project to Reiach and Hall Architects who responded to Rem Koolhaas’ theme for the biennale, Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014 with the project Past + Future. The project undertook research by four groups, each comprising a practicing architect, an academic and two students, into aspects of Modernity in Scottish architecture within the post war period 1950 – 1970.

Following research in Scotland and newspapers produced of their findings, each of the four groups were in residence for a week at the British Pavilion from 26 September – 24 October 2014. There, through a series of events and the distribution of the newspapers, the groups shared their research with the extensive architectural community the Biennale affords, gathering insights and references to other histories from across the globe. 

An exhibition and events programme of Scotland + Venice took place at the Lighthouse, Glasgow from 6 February – 18 March 2015. It focused on Past + Future, and the research and outcomes of the debates in Venice. It also reflected on Scotland’s other four contributions to the Venice Architecture Biennale, and was delivered by Architecture and Design Scotland.