Rachel Maclean set for 2017 Venice Biennale show

News Team | 10 May 2016

Rachel Maclean has been selected to represent Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

The Glasgow-based video artist – whose work was among the key pieces at this spring's British Art Show 8 – will present a major new commission at next year's Biennale, as the centrepiece of a solo show curated by Hawick's Alchemy Film and Arts and the Talbot Rice Gallery at the University of Edinburgh. 

Previous Scotland + Venice exhibiting artists include Graham Fagen, a 2013 group show from Duncan Campbell, Hayley Tompkins and Corin Sworn, Karla Black and Martin Boyce – read our archive of reviews and interviews from the Venice Biennale here.

Maclean described her selection for the Venice Biennale as “hugely exciting", saying: "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 behind the Maclean exhibition, said: "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."   

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The 2017 Venice Biennale runs from 13 May to 26 November 2017; following its debut in Venice, Maclean's new work will be displayed at the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh in 2018.

Watch our video interview with Rachel Maclean below.