One-time YBA Sarah Lucas has been selected to represent Britain at the 56th Venice International Art Biennale, the British Council has announced today. She will present a major solo show in the British Pavilion, which will run from 9 May to 22 November 2015.

ICA Executive Director Gregor Muir is one of the eight members of this year’s Venice Biennale Selection Committee, which advises the British Council on the UK’s representation in the British Pavilion: “Having consistently pushed the limits of her practice, there’s a sense that Lucas – seemingly more active than ever – is coming into her own,” he commented.

“Initially entering the fray as a young British artist, Lucas continues to make her presence known through a powerful and progressive relationship with her work. Her output remains urgent while being rooted in a rich artistic tradition.”

Other 2015 Selection Committee members are: Charles Darwent, art critic and writer; Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; Hannah Firth, Director of Visual Arts, Chapter, Cardiff; Margot Heller, Director, South London Gallery; Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director, Tate Liverpool; Francis McKee, Director, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; Polly Staple, Director, Chisenhale Gallery, London; and Andrea Rose, Director of Visual Arts, British Council (Chair).

Rose added: “Like zest in the artworld mix, [Lucas’s] work will bring wit and savour to the Biennale. The Committee has chosen a formidably inventive sculptor to represent Britain.”

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