2019 Scotland + Venice Professional Development Programme – talc.’s Participants Announced

Two participants have been selected by Templar Arts and Leisure Centre (talc.) to take part in the Professional Development Programme as part of the Scotland + Venice 2019 exhibition during this year’s Biennale of Art in Venice.

Exhibition Assistants Grace Carroll and Isaac Stanesby will join a team of 17 participants from across Scotland. The Professional Development Programme offers an opportunity to support Scotland’s presentation of new video work by Charlotte Prodger during the Biennale Arte 2019 which runs from May to November 2019.

On being selected Grace Carroll said: “I am delighted to be a part of such a prestigious event and value the opportunity to explore contemporary art and culture in a different country greatly. Through talking about and surrounding myself with the work of successful Scottish artists, I am in no doubt this experience will bring clarity to me about my own relationship to art and design and my personal place in the creative industries.”

On being selected Isaac Stanesby said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to develop my skills in communicating with people about art while becoming acquainted with the work of some of the world’s leading contemporary artists in the monumental setting of the Venice Biennale.”

Cove Park – an international artists residency centre based in Scotland – is spearheading the Scotland + Venice Professional Development Programme. This year, in addition to partnering with six Scottish Art Schools and Colleges, the Programme will benefit from new collaborations with the Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN) and Templar Arts and Leisure Centre (talc), Argyll and Bute. The aim is to open up this opportunity beyond those currently in further or higher education to help address the significant barriers that people can face in pursuing or progressing a professional career in the visual arts.

The Professional Development Programme receives support from the participating institutions, with additional funding from Art Fund, from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and from British Council Scotland.

Leading the group’s inaugural training residency at Cove Park in Argyll and Bute, Alexia Holt, Cove Park’s Associate Director & Visual Arts Programme Producer said: “Residency programmes for artists and professional development training for arts professionals are key to supporting the arts in Scotland and we’re incredibly pleased that the Professional Development Programme’s model has been expanded to include those based within Cove Park’s own region and those identified through our new partnership with SCAN.”

As key members of the Scotland + Venice team at the exhibition space, the 17 participants will have a unique and valuable opportunity to stay in Venice, learn new skills, develop professional and international networks and gain professional experience in the unique setting of the Venice Biennale, one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious contemporary visual arts festivals.
An integral part of the Scotland + Venice presentation, the Professional Development Programme began 15 years ago and, to date, over 100 students from eight Scottish Art Colleges have taken part, many of whom have gone on to secure work throughout the visual arts sector.

Nicole Heidtke, Programme Leader, talc. said: “We are delighted to hear that Grace and Isaac will be given this professional development opportunity during the Venice Biennale for Scotland + Venice. They worked hard last year as talc.’s trainees, and we are certain that they will do a fantastic job of introducing Charlotte Prodger’s work to visitors, and of representing Scotland. For talc. it is an honour to work with Cove Park and Scotland + Venice to support these two young people.”

Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Art at Creative Scotland and Chair of the Scotland + Venice partnership, said: “We’re extremely proud of the Professional Development Programme that Scotland + Venice has established with its many partners over the last 15 years. The programme offers an unprecedented opportunity for the participants to gain exposure to some of the very best contemporary art from across the world and to develop new skills and professional connections. We understand the very real and significant benefits that flow from the programme and we are delighted to have forged new partnerships for 2019 which will further extend the opportunity to people who may be facing barriers to pursuing a career in the arts.”

Norah Campbell, Head of Arts, British Council Scotland said, “We are proud to support this initiative to widen the reach of these valuable international opportunities, as they offer the potential to make significant contributions to the careers of those who will be taking part”.

Stephen Deuchar, Director, Art Fund, said, “These professional development placements promise both to open up the important work of artist Charlotte Prodger to international audiences and give vital career opportunities in the visual arts to people from across Scotland who might otherwise never have got the chance. It’s a fantastic initiative and we’re proud to support it.”

2007 participant Lottie Thorne commented: “This is a great opportunity for anyone taking part. Not only are you living and working in one of the most historically rich and beautiful cities in the word, you have access to the best of the best in terms of contemporary art. The impact on my career is directly linked to this opportunity; people I met, both artists and partners, informed my understanding of and passion for working in the visual arts sector in Scotland. The reputation of the project, and connections I made being associated with it, equipped me with knowledge and confidence to secure work at the Scottish Arts Council, Creative Scotland and British Council Scotland, engaging with senior partners, practicing artists and project producers.”

City of Glasgow College
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art
Edinburgh College of Art
Glasgow School of Art
Gray’s School of Art
Scottish Contemporary Arts Network (SCAN)
University of Highlands and Islands

Further details about the Scotland + Venice Professional Development Programme can be found here: https://scotlandandvenice.com/learning-programme.

La Biennale di Venezia runs from 11 May to 24 November 2019.
Charlotte Prodger’s exhibition will take place at Arsenale Docks, S. Pietro di Castello, 40, 30122
Scotland + Venice opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm, free entry 
Vaporetto stops: Giardini, Arsenale or S. Pietro di Castello
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