Venice Biennale | Scotland to drop anchor in an old shipyard

Charlotte Prodger, BRIDGIT, 2016, installation view, Hollybush Gardens, London. Courtesy: Hollybush Gardens, London; photograph: Andy Keate
Moving away from the Santa Caterina Church in the Cannaregio neighbourhood – which housed Rachel MacLean’s captivating video – the Scottish pavilion will set up shop between the Arsenale and the Giardini, in the heart of the arena. The Venice Biennale will be taking place from March 11 through 24 November 2019.


Within the old industrial complex of the Arsenale Docks, dating from the 1930s, artist Charlotte Prodger (1974) will be presenting a video piece created "over a series of research and production residencies at Cove Park", under the direction of Linsey Young.


Represented by the London gallery Hollybush Gardens, Charlotte Prodger is a shortlisted finalist of the Turner Prize 2018, the winner of which will be announced next week. Her work across a range of media focuses on “issues surrounding queer identity, landscape, language, technology and time.”



This Venetian project is the fruit of a collaboration between Creative Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland and the British Council Scotland.


In Venice, in collaboration with production assistant Mason Leaver-Yap and with the support of the If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution organisation (IICD), Charlotte Prodger will notably be presenting “a new single-channel video work that will build on her sustained exploration of ‘queer wilderness’.”


Alexia Holt, Associate Director and Visual Arts Producer at Cove Park, commented: “The venue resonates wonderfully with Cove Park’s own location on Scotland’s west coast, sharing a rich maritime, fishing and naval context with Argyll and Bute and the Firth of Clyde, and we look forward to working with Charlotte, Linsey and Roland on the development of this presentation.”