29 April 2022 — Writing

Three questions with Dovecot Studios

As the world enters into the space that is deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory, we're back from the most triumphant opening week in Venice and enjoying moments of reflection and deep thought on this historic work by Alberta Whittle. Read more

20 April 2022 — Writing

deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory – accompanying writing

An illustration of a hand holding shells in front of a diamond pattern sits alongside a poem by Alberta Whittle, entitled Looking the snare in the eye. It says "I We are falling now. Falling through time, whirling. Dancing, Jack-knifing. And twisting until the chain pulls tight and I cannot breathe. Stop. Listen to your heart. I want you to know you are safe in my deep, even when you didn't dare hope that I would exist (some day), You are safe, even when you looked death in the eye. But now you are ashes beneath the soil, in the sand, in mud, with the worms that wringgle and eat and shit and fuck and WREAK! Retracing steps worn away by time, I look fo refuge in shorelines but find routes no longer open. Instead I see carcasses of wooden ships wreaked and spent on the horizon. Not welcome. No welcome here. Adorning myself in dazzle, I step into the water."
An excerpt from the publication by Alberta Whittle

deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory is an exhibition by artist Alberta Whittle commissioned on the occasion of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, by the Scotland + Venice partnership. Read more

20 April 2022 — News

Press Release: Scotland + Venice presents Alberta Whittle and ‘deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory’

Image: deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory, 2022 Installation Shot Photographer Cristiano Corte, © Alberta Whittle. Courtesy the artist, Scotland + Venice & Forma London

The Scotland + Venice partnership is delighted to present Alberta Whittle and her new body of work deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory at Biennale Arte 2022. At a time in history when it is not enough for the world to merely acknowledge global injustice, this remarkable exhibition invites us to unravel contested and difficult histories and creates an open space for conversation, hope, healing, and reconciliation. Read more

15 April 2022 — News

The Countdown to Venice Continues

An image still from the film Lagareh of a Black dancer wearing a kilt and a white shirt. The dancer holds two long knives in her hands and stands on green grass with a blue sky behind her and a castle-like building to her left.
Alberta Whittle, Lagerah – The Last Born, (film still – single channel video), 2022, Photographer Matthew Arthur Williams, © Alberta Whittle. Courtesy the artist & Scotland+Venice

With just over a week until deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory opens in Venice we are thrilled to continue the journey with our latest newsletter detailing what’s new and upcoming. As installation wrapped up in Venice be sure to keep an eye on our Instagram Stories for a behind the scenes look at all of the installation action. Read more

15 April 2022 — News

Three questions with Forma

Image is a still from the film RESET by Alberta Whittle. It is of a brown arm reaching out behind a tree trunk with a field of wheat in the background.
Alberta Whittle RESET, 2020 Co-commissioned & co-produced by Frieze and Forma © Alberta Whittle Photograph by Matthew A Williams

With Alberta Whitte's deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory opening in Venice next week, we're taking a moment to pause to embrace the community that helps brings the spirit of collaboration to life. This week's 'Three questions with...' interview sees us chat with Chris Rawcliffe, Artistic Director at Forma. Read more

8 April 2022 — News

Three questions with Art Night

Image of Alberta Whittle and Helen Nisbet stood on a red carpeted staircase.
Helen Nisbet, Artistic Director of our Scotland + Venice Creative Partner Art Night, with Alberta Whittle after Alberta’s Art Night 2021 performance at @twotempleplace

Collaboration is one of the many joys that Alberta Whittle encompasses in her practice. Whether it be fellow collaborators in her artwork or organisations committed to decolonising the arts and widening participation across Scotland, the UK, and the world; for her, it is a powerful tool for creation. Read more

7 April 2022 — News

The Countdown to Venice Begins

Image: Alberta Whittle, Lagareh – The Last Born, (film still – single channel video), 2022, Photographer Matthew Arthur Williams, © Alberta Whittle. Courtesy the artist, Scotland+Venice, and Forma

Following the exciting announcement of Alberta Whittle’s deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory Collateral Event for the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the road to Venice has officially begun as April gets under way. Read more

30 March 2022 — News

Press Release: 2022 Scotland + Venice Professional Development Programme Announced

Image: Matthew Arthur Williams

Following the announcement of Alberta Whittle's Biennale Arte 2022 Collateral Event with Scotland +Venice - set to open to the public on April 23rd - students and early career practitioners from nine universities, colleges and arts organisations across Scotland have embarked on a career-defining journey designed to provide them with an invaluable learning experience in the visual arts. Read more

7 March 2022 — News

Press Release: Alberta Whittle to present deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory

Image: Alberta Whittle, Lagareh – The Last Born, (film still – single channel video), 2022, Photographer Matthew Arthur Williams, © Alberta Whittle. Courtesy the artist, Scotland+Venice, and Forma

  The Scotland + Venice partners are delighted to confirm a major exhibition of new work by Alberta Whittle has been confirmed by La Biennale di Venezia as a Collateral Event at the 59th International Art Exhibition, taking place from 23rd April - 27th November 2022. Read more

21 December 2021 — Learning post

Professional Development Opportunity Supported by SCAN

Scottish Contemporary Art logo

Scotland + Venice and Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN) are looking for an Exhibition Assistant to join the team taking part in the Scotland + Venice Professional Development Programme (PDP), for the Venice Biennale 2022.  This opportunity will take place over 4 weeks during the Biennale, between April 2022 and November 2022 and is supported by Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN). Read more