Institute for Northern Studies have advised on and contributed to an exhibition which is part of the Venice Biennale
The Scotland + Venice partnership has commissioned a creative team consisting of the Architecture Fringe, -ism and /other to develop new work. Their project, A Fragile Correspondence, is one of the collateral events for the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
Professor Donna Heddle and Lynn Campbell of the Institute for Northern Studies have advised on and contributed to an exhibition which is part of the Venice Biennale. It is called A Fragile Correspondence and was commissioned by the Scotland + Venice partnership. It will be on show in Venice from 20 May - 26 November 2023. The project takes a journey through three Scottish landscapes across the Highlands, Islands and Lowlands including the forests around Loch Ness, the seashore of the Orkney archipelago, and the industrialised remnants of the Ravenscraig steelworks. In Orkney the work examines how the local population have for centuries negotiated the forces of nature, in particular the dynamic and powerful sea, as an example of an evolving relationship between people and place anchored in a deep understanding of the natural environment and steeped in community resilience. Donna advised on the Orkney project overall and contributed a piece of art reflecting on the many languages spoken over time by Orcadians, including narrative and a selection of Orkney words on sea glass for visitors to take away by Lynn Campbell contained in a lovely straw basket by Robbie Drever. The Orkney part of the exhibition will come to Orkney after it has left Venice so you will have a chance to see it!