Sworn / Campbell / Tompkins

Sworn / Campbell / Tompkins

Scotland + Venice

Design: Graphical House.

May 18, 2013

Scotland + Venice 2013: Sworn / Campbell / Tompkins
1 June–24 November 2013

Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia

Palazzo Pisani (S. Marina)
Calle de le Erbe, Cannaregio 6103
Nearest vaporetto: Rialto or S. Zaccaria or Fondamente Nove
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–6pm 
Free entry


The Scotland + Venice partnership is delighted to announce further details of the 2013 presentation, curated and organised by The Common Guild, Glasgow. The exhibition will feature new work by Corin Sworn, Duncan Campbell, and Hayley Tompkins, as a Collateral Event at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Working across a range of media, from watercolour to digital video, Scotland + Venice 2013 will showcase three of the most consistently interesting artists working in Scotland today, all of whom studied at The Glasgow School of Art and have earned growing acclaim and attention in recent years.

Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland. 2013 will be the sixth Scotland + Venice presentation and marks the tenth anniversary for the project with the first exhibition in 2003 showing the work of Claire Barclay, Jim Lambie, and Simon Starling. This presentation builds on the critical success of previous years, which have showcased artists including Turner Prize winners Simon Starling and Martin Boyce, and Scotland + Venice’s track record for presenting artists at key stages of their careers, including 2011′s presentation of Turner Prize nominee Karla Black.

This year’s project will include new work by the three selected artists presented across a suite of rooms in the 15th century Palazzo Pisani (S. Marina), home to Scotland + Venice since 2009. The three artists participating in Scotland + Venice 2013 will present solo exhibitions at The Common Guild in Glasgow during the summer of 2014.

Corin Sworn creates installations that explore the way objects circulate to disseminate stories and create histories. Often combining images with spoken narrative, her work examines the cultural and personal significance attributed to things and how they in turn narrate us as social subjects.

The starting point for Sworn’s work for Scotland + Venice 2013 was a recently re-discovered collection of slides taken by her father during his field work as a social anthropologist in the 1970s. In returning a selection of the images to the Peruvian village where they were taken, Sworn uses the photographs to explore aspects of imaging, memory, place and oral history.

Duncan Campbell produces films that look at representations of the people and events at the heart of very particular histories. Combining archive material with his own footage, his work questions the authority, integrity and intentions of the information presented.

For Scotland + Venice 2013, Duncan has taken Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’ 1953 essay film Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues also die) as both source and artefact, to pursue a meditation on the life, death and value of objects. Duncan includes the film alongside a new work that combines filmed footage, animation and archive footage in a social and historical examination of cultural imperialism and commodity.

Hayley Tompkins makes painted objects that transform familiar, commonplace things—such as knives, hammers, mobile phones or furniture. Her work articulates the relationship between the form, feel and function of an object.

For Scotland + Venice 2013, Hayley will show new work combining gestural, colour-field paintings on plastic with photographic prints of common phenomena and scenes from nature. Looking at the likenesses between the handmade and the photographic forms, Tompkins seeks to question their appearance, effect and value.

Scotland + Venice 2013 is supported by Creative Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland and British Council Scotland. Additional support for the new works has been provided by Outset Scotland. Further support has been given by The Hope Scott Trust, Arts Trust Scotland and the five academic institutions participating in the Information Assistants programme: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee; Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh; City of Glasgow College; The Glasgow School of Art; and Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University.

For all media enquiries, interview requests and images please contact: 
Jenny McVean, Sutton PR
jenny [​at​] suttonpr.com / T 44 (0)207 1833577 / 44 (0)7595 217 650


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