Scotland + Venice 2013

At this year’s Venice Biennale once again Scotland + Venice partnership will be present and their 2013 presentation is curated and organised by The Common Guild, Glasgow. The exhibition will feature new work by Hayley Tompkins, Duncan Campbell and Corin Sworn, three of the most consistently interesting artists working in Scotland today, all of whom studied at The Glasgow School of Art and have earned growing acclaim and attention in recent years.

Hayley Tompkins makes painted objects that transform familiar, commonplace things – such as knives, hammers, mobile phones or furniture. Her work articulates the relationship between the form, feel and function of an object.

Corin Sworn creates installations that explore the way objects circulate to disseminate stories and create histories. Often combining images with spoken narrative, her work examines the cultural and personal significance attributed to found objects, including images, and the factors that shape their meaning.

Duncan Campbell produces films that look at representations of the people and events at the heart of very particular histories. Combining archive material with his own footage, his work questions the authority, integrity and intentions of the information presented.

Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland. 2013 will be the sixth Scotland + Venice presentation and marks the 10th anniversary for the project.

Scotland + Venice, 1 June until 24 November, Palazzo Pisani (S. Marina) Calle de le Erbe, Cannaregio 6103.


1. Duncan Campbell, Make it New John, 2009 (still), Video for projection, 50 mins. Courtesy of the artist and Hotel, London
2. Corin Sworn, Temporal Arrangments, 2010, From Art Now: Corin Sworn, installation at Tate Britain, London, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Kendall Koppe, Glasgow
3. Hayley Tompkins, A Piece Of Eight, installation at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, 2011 (detail). Photo by Ruth Clark. Courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute, Glasgow