Venice project beckons Angus young artists

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Art students from across Scotland have been chosen by Hospitalfield in Arbroath to become part of an European art project.

Twenty eight students and recent graduates from seven art and design schools will become members of the largest Scotland + Venice Learning Programme to date.

The lucky artists will have the chance to spend time at Hospitalfield House during a weekend in March before jetting off to Venice to immerse themselves in the Venice Biennale, the largest and most prestigious visual arts exhibition in the world running from May 9 to November 22.

This is the first time the programme, which has been a feature of the Scotland + Venice partnership since 2003, will host students from Dundee and Angus College (both Arbroath Campus and Gardyne Campus, Dundee) and Moray School of Art, University of the Highlands and Islands in Elgin, alongside students from City of Glasgow College, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee, Edinburgh College of Art, The Glasgow School of Art and Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen.

Lucy Byatt, director of Hospitalfield, said: “We have inherited this wonderful Learning Programme that has been developed in each edition of

Scotland + Venice since 2003. The opportunity to shoulder considerable responsibility as the public face of Scotland + Venice and to spend a month living and working in Venice is an experience that I am sure we all wish we had when we were at college. I very much look forward to working with the students that we have selected from each college and thank all the staff who have worked with and guided us. It has been a hugely rewarding experience to meet so many astonishing young people with so much potential”.

The Learning Programme will take place alongside the Scotland + Venice 2015 solo presentation of new work by Graham Fagen, one of the most compelling artists working in Scotland today.

Through his teaching at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Graham has had his own influence on generations of young artists. His commission for the Venice Biennale, which is curated by Hospitalfield, will be presented at the Palazzo Fontana – a new location for the Scotland + Venice presentation – located off the Grand Canal in the Cannaregio district of Venice.

Details of the Scotland + Venice Learning Programme are announced alongside the launch of the partnership’s new website: www.scotlandandvenice.com.