The Venice Biennale, established in 1895, is the oldest and arguably the most significant international platform within the increasingly global art world. Consequently, Venice has been the site for presenting some of the most powerful art made throughout the 20th and into the 21st century.
Scotland + Venice is a partnership between British Council, Creative Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland. The partnership is the main funder and commissioning body, appointing a different curatorial partner for each Biennale. Proud to promote new work at one of the world’s most prestigious visual art festivals, 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 brings new work from Scotland into this highly visible context with the primary aim; to promote Scotland as a centre of excellence for the Visual Arts.
Scotland + Venice 2019 – Charlotte Prodger
Artist Charlotte Prodger has been selected to represent Scotland at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. Commissioned and curated by Linsey Young with Cove Park, Prodger’s presentation will be a major solo exhibition of new work opening on 11 May 2019 and running until 24 November 2019.
Charlotte works with moving image, sculpture, writing and performance. This commission will provide her with the opportunity to produce a new single channel video work that will build on her sustained exploration of “queer wilderness”. Prodger will develop this new work over a series of research and production residencies at Cove Park, one of Scotland’s foremost residency centres and will be supported by the artist’s production consultant Mason Leaver-Yap.
On its return to Scotland the work will tour the Highlands and Islands while Dutch arts organisation If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Revolution, who are supporting the production of the work, will lead on a subsequent international tour.
Winner of the Turner Prize this year (2018), Prodger won the Margaret Tait Award in 2014, was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2017 and, in the same year, was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Award. Scotland + Venice provides Prodger with a major international platform at this key moment in her practice.
The British Council is responsible for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale which in 2019 will be represented by Glasgow-based artist Cathy Wilkes. Scotland + Venice as an initiative sits within this wider context of British Council’s relationship with the Venice Biennale.
Previous artists represented through Scotland + Venice include Rachel Maclean (2017), Graham Fagen (2015), Karla Black (2011) and Martin Boyce (2009).