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The British Council has announced that Steve McQueen will represent Britain at the 53rd Venice Biennale. McQueen will present a solo exhibition in the British Pavilion to be shown from June to November, 2009.

Born in London in 1969, McQueen works predominantly in film and is considered one of Britain’s most influential artists. He was awarded the first ICA Futures Award in 1996, the Turner Prize in 1999 and an OBE in 2002. His work is represented in museum collections throughout the world and he has shown widely in important group and solo exhibitions. These include Documenta X and XI, the 50th and 52nd Venice Biennales, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Museu Serralves, Oporto, Fondazione Prada, Milan, and the Renaissance Society, Chicago.

As Official War Artist to Iraq, commissioned by the Imperial War Museum in 2003, McQueen generated international media attention with one of his rare non-film works Queen and Country. His first feature film Hunger, commissioned by Channel 4/Film 4, won both the Camera d’Or and an International Film Critics Federation Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, in addition to the inaugural Sydney Film Prize, for best film at the Sydney Film Festival.

Steve McQueen is represented by Thomas Dane Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris. He lives and works in Amsterdam and London.

For more information please contact Eleanor Hutchins on +44 (0) 207 389 4981 or email

McQueen is represented by Thomas Dane Gallery, London. For inquiries please contact Martine d'Angelejan-Chatillon at or phone +44 (0)20 7925 2505. For further information about the gallery, please visit

The British Council works with an advisory committee of leading arts professionals across the UK who advises on the artist selection for the Venice Biennale every two years. This is to ensure that the selection process is transparent and broadly based. The advisory committee met on June 19 2008 and was made up of:

- Martin Barlow, Director Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno
- Katrina Brown, Director The Common Guild, Glasgow
- Penelope Curtis, Curator Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
- Stephen Deuchar, Director Tate Britain
- Alex Farquharson, Director Centre for Contemporary Art, Nottingham
- Jack Persekian, Director Al Ma’mal Foundation, East Jerusalem
- Declan McGonagle, Chair in Art & Design & Director School of Art and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast
- Magdalene Odundo, Professor of Ceramics, University College of the Creative Arts, Farnham
- Richard Riley, Head of Exhibitions, British Council
- Adrian Searle, Chief Critic, The Guardian
- Chair: Andrea Rose, Director of Visual Arts, British Council