Scotland + Venice, a partnership between Creative Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland and the British Council, has launched its largest ever Learning Programme… and ECA is part of it.

The scheme gives young art school students and graduates the opportunity to learn and develop new skills within the context of the 56th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, the largest and most prestigious visual arts exhibition in the world.

Of the 21 students from across Scotland selected to participate, three are currently studying at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

The students will be mentored by seven artists from the Graduate Residency programme at Hospitalfield in Arbroath, including ECA alumni Jess Ramm.

ECA at Scotland + Venice

The three ECA students participating in the Scotland + Venice 2015 Learning Programme are Troy Holmes, Hannah Ustun and Anna Danielewicz.

Troy Holmes is a Fine Art student. She says:

“I’m really excited about the possibility of being able to explore the most current and relevant contemporary art at the Venice Biennial in the context of a city that has been home to some of my favourite masters, like Titian and Tintoretto. Seeing these two worlds collide and having the opportunity to be part of such an important event will influence my practise as both an artist and an art historian in ways I probably can’t even yet imagine”.

Hannah Ustun is also a Fine Art student. She says:

“I can’t wait to experience the Venice Biennale. I am looking forward to seeing all the work on show and to living in such a beautiful city at such an exciting time”.

Anna Danielewicz is an Intermedia student. She says:

“Being in Venice during the Biennale will allow me to engage with contemporary art in new ways: through greeting visitors and informing audiences about the exhibition and learning from them in turn”.

A chance to work with one of Scotland’s most compelling artists 

Beginning with an intense Residential Learning Weekend in March 2015 at Hospitalfield, the Learning Programme will take place alongside the Scotland + Venice 2015 solo presentation of new work by Graham Fagen.

Graham’s commission for the Venice Biennale is being curated by Hospitalfield and will be presented at the Palazzo Fontana off the Grand Canal in the Cannaregio district of Venice.

Each of the students selected for the Learning Programme will spend up to four weeks in Venice, greeting visitors to Fagen’s exhibition, and will share their experience with their peers through a new initiative called ‘The Loop’.

Dean Hughes, Head of the School of Art at ECA, has said:

"The Scotland + Venice Learning Programme is an amazing opportunity for our Edinburgh College of Art students to work and experience, in incredible detail, one of the major events in the contemporary art calendar".