Charlotte Prodger’s Venice Biennale work to tour Scotland

Charlotte Prodger’s new Scotland + Venice Biennale work will tour Scotland at the same time as it premieres at the 58th International Art Exhibition

Article by Jamie Dunn | 01 May 2019
  • Charlotte Prodger

Do you often look enviously across to Venice every two years and wish you were soaking up work at the Biennale? In a first, the Biennale will be coming to you as the newly commissioned Scotland + Venice work will tour across Scotland at the same time as it’s making its bow on the international stage at the world’s greatest celebration of visual art.

The Scotland + Venice piece for 2019 is the new single-channel video work from Glasgow-based artist Charlotte Prodger. Last year Prodger made a major splash by winning the Turner Prize for her film BRIDGIT, a series of vignettes shot on her iPhone. Prodger’s new film, the final part of a trilogy that includes BRIDGIT and 2015’s Stoneymollan Trail, builds upon her past explorations of subjectivity, self-determination, and queerness, and was developed at Cove Park on the Rosneath Peninsula.

The film will tour seven cinemas and art venues across Scotland, with the UK premiere screening at The Tower Digital Arts Centre in Helensburgh on 27 June. The tour will end in Aberdeen at Belmont Filmhouse on 21 November, with a stop at Glasgow Film Theatre on 3 July (full details can be found below). “As the home and founder of the Margaret Tait Award, which Charlotte received in 2014, Glasgow Film Theatre is delighted to be screening her film and continuing to support the work of an exciting creative visual artist,” said Allison Gardner, GFT's programme director.

“People who come to the tour will be able to enjoy the film at the same time that it is being premiered in Venice, creating a significant opportunity to reach out to new audiences here,”  said Amanda Catto, Chair of the Scotland + Venice partnership, and head of visual arts at Creative Scotland. “This initiative also brings Charlotte’s work closer to the rural locations and landscapes that have informed her thinking and practice, making this a unique series of screenings and a very special experience for those who attend.”

Each screening will include a short trailer documenting the project's development, made by Connolly Clark Film. Screenings will be followed by a talk with Scotland + Venice curators, and participants from Scotland + Venice's Professional Development Programme.

Charlotte Prodger Scottish tour dates:

Thu 27 Jun: Tower Digital Arts Centre, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute
Wed 3 Jul: Glasgow Film Theatre
Thu 25 Jul: Campbeltown Picture House, Argyll & Bute
Thu 22 Aug: Aros Community Cultural Centre, Skye
Fri 27 Sep: An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis
Thu 24 Oct: Mareel – Shetland Arts Centre, Shetland
Thu 21 Nov: Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen