Scotland + Venice: 2004 – 2014 Exhibition

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This exhibition (2015) re-presented and reviewed five diverse Scottish projects shown in Venice during the International Architecture Exhibition at the Biennale Architettura since 2004. In that year the Landforms exhibition presented developments in Scottish architecture since the establishment of Scotland’s devolved government in 1999. In 2008 A Gathering Place, a large-scale timber staircase designed by Gareth Hoskins, provided a temporary public forum for debate and discussion.

NVA’s To Have and to Hold in 2010 enabled a high level of international engagement and influenced the decision-making process regarding the future of St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross. This event marked a step change in developing a strong and distinctive Scottish presence and the many potential benefits through an engagement-based approach rather than pre-prepared exhibitions.

In 2012, for Critical Dialogues, four Glasgow-based practices created a Scottish ‘studio’ in Venice to explore the social role of the architect and the creative boundaries of architecture. The 2014 Biennale, Past + Future, saw four groups research modernity in Scotland and continue the event-based approach that is establishing itself as the hallmark of a distinctive Scottish presence in Venice and the curation overseen during the Biennale on Architecture.

The Scotland + Venice exhibition took place at The Lighthouse, Glasgow 6 February – 18 March 2015. The publications contain the exhibition content and links to published newspapers and films of events in Venice and Glasgow.

Watch the exhibition promotion film

Since 2010 a Scotland + Venice partnership between the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland and the British Council Scotland has overseen the curation of Scotland’s involvement at the Biennale.


  • Ian Gilzean, Chief Architect Planning and Architecture Division Scottish Government
  • Amanda Catto, Portfolio Manager Visual Arts Creative Scotland
  • Juliet Dean, Visual Arts Advisor British Council Scotland

Exhibition Credits

  • Curators: Architecture and Design Scotland
  • Exhibition Design: Cubit 3D
  • Graphic Design: Various
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