Untitled, 2012, Cathy Wilkes, on view at MoMA PS1 from 22 Oct 2017 - 11 March 2018. Image courtesy MoMA PS1.  ©

Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.Gift of the Speyer Family Foundation and Mrs. Saidie A. May (by exchange). Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

Cathy Wilkes has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, with a major solo exhibition of new work.  

Since the late 1990s, Glasgow-based Cathy Wilkes (b. 1966, Dundonald, Belfast) has built a considerable reputation for sculptural installations of profound and mysterious intensity, which often evoke interiors and places of loss. Cathy Wilkes insists on the private life of the artist, and questions how art can relate to human experience. Cathy Wilkes’s work is tender, intimate, autobiographical – yet universal, inspiring the writer Laura McLean-Ferris to describe Wilkes’s recent survey at MoMA PS1 in New York earlier this year as “this magnificent exhibition”. The fierce integrity of her work is widely acknowledged, and, in 2016, she was awarded the inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize – a prestigious honour to recognise the achievements of mid-career artists.

This is also the first year that the British Council has created an opportunity for a UK-based mid-career curator to curate the British Pavilion, widening access to international working for UK visual arts professionals. We are delighted to announce that, following an open call selection process, Dr Zoe Whitley, Curator International Art, Tate, has been appointed to this position. 

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Open Call for Scotland + Venice 2019 curators

Creative Scotland are looking for experienced curators and/or visual arts organisations who will produce an ambitious and imaginative project that will run during the 2019 Venice Biennale. Deadline 17:00, Friday 4 May. Find more information here 

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Members of the British Pavilion Selection Committee for 2019:

•Hugh Mulholland, Senior Curator, The Mac, Belfast

•Fiona Bradley, Director, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

•Sarah Munro, Director, BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art, Gateshead

•David A. Bailey, Director, International Curators Forum

•Joe Scotland, Director, Studio Voltaire, London

•Katy Freer, Exhibitions Officer, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

•Anne Barlow, Artistic Director, Tate St Ives

•Martin Herbert, Writer and Critic

•Melanie Keen, Director, Iniva

Members of the British Pavilion Curator Selection Panel for 2019: 

•Chair: Emma Dexter, Director Visual Arts, British Council

•Gemma Hollington, Director Exhibitions, Visual Arts, British Council

•Sara Black, Senior Project Manager Venice, British Council

•David A. Bailey, Director, International Curators Forum 

The British Council has commissioned artists to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale to celebrate the best of emerging and established British art since 1937. Artists representing Britain have included Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Ben Nicholson, Anthony Caro, Bridget Riley, Richard Long, Frank Auerbach, Howard Hodgkin, Barry Flanagan, Anish Kapoor, Richard Hamilton, Rachel Whiteread, Leon Kossoff, Gary Hume, Mark Wallinger, Gilbert & George, Tracey Emin, Steve McQueen, Mike Nelson, Jeremy Deller, Sarah Lucas and Phyllida Barlow.