Scotland’s contribution to the International Architecture Exhibition (Biennale Architettura) in Venice is delivered through the Scotland + Venice partnership. The ambition of the partnership is to commission and showcase art and architecture that reflects the best of contemporary practice and thinking in Scotland.
The partnership is between the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland, National Galleries Scotland, V&A Dundee, and Architecture and Design Scotland. Scotland is recognised internationally as a country that encourages and supports excellence and innovation.
Since 2016, we have taken a leading role in developing and delivering Scotland + Venice.
We know from experience that designers shape and create better places when they work closely with the people who use them. Conversations and participation are vital.
The Scotland + Venice projects have been developed with communities in Scotland along with designers and architects. Their ideas and wishes for the future are the foundation on which we built and present Scotland + Venice.
Our relationship with the people of Venice plays a key role: we reach out to the local communities to include them in experiences and conversations of the places we make.
Scotland + Venice 2023
We will again be taking a project from Scotland to the Biennale Architecttura in 2023. We will update this update as the project develops.
“In the face of a changing and uncertain climate, it’s vital that conversation and participation and ambitious ideas are prioritised when we design our collective future.”
– Project Lead Ewan Anderson at 7N Architects
Scotland + Venice 2018: The Happenstance
The Happenstance was an active archive around a boardwalk-cum-climbing in the garden of Palazzo Zenobio. Click the button below to read more about The Happenstance on the Scotland + Venice website.
On the same site you can also read lead artist Peter McCaughey’s reflections on The Happenstance. And journalist Susan Mansfield wrote about The Happenstance in:
“Tomorrow is the closing day of the beautiful sharing experience between Scotland, with the tireless, inspirational Peter McCaughey, and Venice. It has been an intense few months where, since the opening of the pavilion at CA ‘Zenobio, the interaction between artists and citizens has been addictive, sparkling.” – Giovanni Andrea Martini, President of the Venice Municipality
“One of the most poignant films you will ever see showing the gradual destruction of a great building over time.” – The Herald
Header image credit: Neil Hanna