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Edinburgh at Venice Biennale

University staff and students are taking part in the world’s biggest contemporary art exhibition.

Three students from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) are heading to Scotland + Venice 2013, part of the Venice Biennale, which takes place every two years in the Italian city.

The three School of Art students - John Winslow (Sculpture), Will Corner (Inter-media) and Amy Firth (Painting) - will participate in the Information Assistants Programme which promotes the professional development of students through training, workshops, mentoring, support and discussion.

Edinburgh College of Art is very excited to be involved in Scotland + Venice 2013. We engage students in the broad aspects of art practice beyond the studio and this professional experience will be invaluable to the students involved, not just in gaining a first-hand experience of the Biennale but working in dialogue with the artists and their work.

Stuart BennettEdinburgh College of Art

Italian-Scottish links explored

Also heading to Venice is Professor Federica Pedriali who is exhibiting her research into Italian emigration to Scotland, as part of the Edinburgh Gadda Prize.

Established in 2000, the biennial Gadda Prize encourages artistic works across a variety of mediums and is named in honour of the great Italian writer and poet Carlo Emilio Gadda.

With the theme of “education is art, art is education”, Professor Pedriali will display work looking at those Italians who made Scotland their home between the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Professor Pedriali’s show follows a recent trip to Cassino, near Rome, where a series of events explored links between Scotland and an area of Italy from which many Italians emigrated.

The Cassino events formed part of the Gadda Giovani - the junior version of the Gadda Prize - and saw school pupils from Edinburgh joining Italian children to study a range of themes, including diaspora, periphery and war.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti, who is a patron of a University of Edinburgh scheme to provide scholarships for postgraduate Italian Studies students, also performed as part of the event.

Venice arts

Scotland + Venice 2013 is an exhibition of new works by three artists currently working in Scotland - Corin Sworn, Duncan Campbell and Hayley Tompkins, who worked at Edinburgh College of Art until 2012.

Curated by Glasgow-based gallery The Common Guild, Scotland + Venice 2013 - at Palazzo Pisani - marks the tenth anniversary of the first Scotland + Venice exhibition.

Works to be shown include an installation featuring paint which is left to dry in plastic trays and a film about a remote village in Peru.

Preview shows begin on 29 May and the show runs until November.