Scotland will halt its involvement in Venice Beinnale art exhibit

Scotland will halt its participation at the Venice Biennale, which is the oldest and most prestigious art show in the world.

This event has been going since 1895 and alternates between architecture and art.

The 2014 architecture showcase, which also includes a Scottish event will continue as planned.

However, the search for artists based in Scotland has been stopped while a review takes place.

The Scotland and Venice programme is a partnership involving Creative Scotland, the British Council, National Galleries of Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland, V&A Dundee and the Scottish government.

A spokesperson said that it was necessary to review the current delivery model in light of “the current financial planning environment”.

He stated that the partnership needed to evaluate the project’s place “within the larger scope of international opportunities available for Scotland’s architecture and art communities”.

He stated that it was difficult to make this decision, especially given the accomplishments of the project in the last 20 years.

“The decision also recognizes the negative impact the project has had on the environment, and it is important to think about how the project can be implemented ethically and sustainably for the future.”

Since 2003, Scotland has hosted events at the Venice Biennale.

One reason was that the British Pavilion couldn’t showcase the many Scottish-based artists featured on the contemporary art scene.

Although Scotland does not have a Pavilion it has put on a few “collateral” shows around the main sites.

Charlotte Prodger at the Turner Prize ceremony in 2018

Charlotte Prodger, Turner Prize-winning artist is among those who have represented Scotland in the Venice Biennale

Charlotte Prodger was one of the most prominent representatives of Scotland in recent years. She won the Turner Prize 2018 and stated that she wouldn’t be able to have an art career if she hadn’t been supported by public education and galleries in Scotland.

The National Galleries of Scotland just acquired two works that were presented by Alberta Whittle, a Barbadian-Scottish painter, at last year’s Biennale.

This weekend’s free exhibition will feature the Entanglement is more Than Blood (2022), co-created with Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh and Lagareh, The Last Born (2022).

Ms Whittle said, “As a child, I went on school trips to museums, and I was fascinated. But, I found myself looking for images and artworks that reflected me, my family and my experiences.”

“These acquisitions made by National Galleries of Scotland make me optimistic about how conversations are changing. My work may also inspire new artists looking for something different.”

The partnership of Scotland and Venice insists it won’t be withdrawing from Venice Biennale. However, they said that it would need a new model for presenting works there.

The partnership will consult with the sector over the next few months and start a review process.

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