The Scotland + Venice partnership is delighted to announce that Rachel Maclean has been selected to represent Scotland at the 57th International Art Exhibition,
the Venice Biennale, running from 13 May to 26 November 2017
This will be a solo presentation of new work centred on a major new film commission.
The presentation is commissioned and curated by Alchemy Film and Arts, based in Hawick, in partnership with Talbot Rice Gallery and the University of Edinburgh.
artist Rachel Maclean (b. 1987)
A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Rachel Maclean works across film, print and photography to construct fantasy narratives that play with issues of identity, social values and politics. A mix of high art and popular culture, advanced technology and traditional theatre, humour and serious enquiry, her work is exacting and engaging.
Founded in 2010, Alchemy Film & Arts has produced six editions of the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, an international festival of experimental film and artists’ moving image. This commission is an important opportunity for Alchemy to build on its achievements to date, and to celebrate the dynamic creativity emerging within artists’ film and moving image practice in Scotland today.
The Venice Biennale is recognised as the largest and most prestigious visual arts exhibition in the world. This will be the eighth presentation from Scotland + Venice, continuing to build Scotland’s strength and reputation as an important international voice in visual art. Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland and the British Council Scotland.
As the project’s creative and academic partner, Talbot Rice Gallery will host Rachel Maclean’s work from the Venice Biennale in early 2018.
On being selected for Scotland + Venice 2017 Rachel Maclean, commented: “It is hugely exciting to be representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale. I am honoured to be participating in such a significant international event and can’t wait to get started on the new commission.”
Amanda Catto, Chair of the Scotland + Venice Partnership and Head of Visual Arts at Creative Scotland said: “The Scotland + Venice partners are delighted to be presenting the work of Rachel Maclean at the Venice Biennale in 2017. Rachel’s work is remarkable and has the power to captivate and enthral. The Biennale is a significant international platform that will bring Rachel’s work to new audiences, especially the large number of international visitors that come to Venice.
“Our partnership with Alchemy Film and Arts and Talbot Rice Gallery/ University of Edinburgh is extremely valuable, providing exciting new possibilities to strengthen the impact of the project in Scotland, to produce an outstanding exhibition and to ensure our visitors are given the very warmest of welcomes.”
Richard Ashrowan, Creative Director at Alchemy Film & Arts said: “Rachel Maclean is a powerfully original artist filmmaker, and we look forward to working with her on a striking new film and exhibition presentation at Venice. Alchemy Film & Arts has built a strong national and international profile through six editions of the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, touring programmes, film commissioning and residencies.
“Scotland + Venice will help us build on this, while providing a platform to celebrate the dynamic creativity emerging within artists’ film and moving image practice in Scotland today. Rachel’s new film commission will create a significant legacy as part of a national and international touring programme, working with a range of partners across Scotland and beyond. We are especially delighted to be working closely with Talbot Rice Gallery and Edinburgh University in the realisation of Rachel’s show.”
Pat Fisher, Principal Curator of the University of Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Gallery said: “We are delighted to be one of the partner organisations presenting Rachel Maclean’s work at the Venice Biennale. The University is extremely proud that the audacious work of an Edinburgh College of Art graduate will represent her country on a world stage.
“Since graduating in 2009 her striking and relevant work has been a great inspiration to succeeding generations of students and staff. The potential for Rachel in Venice is vast. It is a place of decadence and Carnival, of mythical history and masquerade balls. We eagerly anticipate how she will respond to it.”
Notes to Editors
Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland and British Council Scotland and representatives of these organisations sit onthe Steering Group that oversees the successful delivery of the project.
Rachel Maclean will represent Scotland at the Venice Biennale 2017.
The presentation is commissioned and curated by Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, in partnership with Talbot Rice Gallery and the University of Edinburgh.