Scotland + Venice curators The Common Guild are collaborating with the University of Glasgow to present three Primer events in the lead up to the 55th International Art Exhibition, which opens in Venice on 1 June.

The events, at the Yudowitz Lecture Theatre in the University’s Wolfson Medical Building, will see each of the three artists representing Scotland at the Biennale talking about their work. The series begins with Hayley Tompkins on 5 February, followed by Corin Sworn on 5 March and Duncan Campbell on 16 April.

“The Primers will provide an opportunity to hear from the participating artists in the run up to their presentation in Venice,” says Common Guild curator Kitty Anderson. “The three events are organised in collaboration with Dr Dominic Paterson from the University of Glasgow and are open to all.”

Scotland’s contribution to the 2013 Biennale will take place in the Palazzo Pisani, the same venue Scotland + Venice used in 2011 to host Karla Black’s show. This year will mark ten years since the first Scottish pavilion at Venice, and is made possible by a partnership between Creative Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland and British Council Scotland.

The first Scottish show in 2003 featured Claire Barclay, Jim Lambie and Simon Starling. Other artists that have represented Scotland in Venice are Alex Pollard, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan and Cathy Wilkes (2005); Charles Avery, Henry Coombes, Louise Hopkins, Rosalind Nashashibi, Lucy Skaer and Tony Swain (2007); and Turner Prize winner Martin Boyce (2009).

Tickets for the Primer events are £2.50 and can be booked through the following links:

Hayley Tompkins, 5 February

Corin Sworn, 5 March

Duncan Campbell, 16 April