A palace in Venice has been unveiled as the venue for Scotland's show at the world's biggest visual arts festival next year.

The Palazzo Fontana on the Grand Canal in Venice will be home to an exhibition of work by leading Scottish artist Graham Fagen at the 56th Venice Biennale.

The show is being curated by Hospitalfield Arts, of Arbroath in Angus.

This will be the first time the 16th-century Palazzo has been used for an exhibition.

It was built by pupils of leading Renaissance architect Jacopo Sansovino and was the birth place of Pope Clemens XIII in the late 17th century.

It occupies more than 4,000 square feet and, organisers say, offers an "ambitious setting to showcase Scottish contemporary art during the largest and most prestigious visual arts exhibition in the world."

The new venue will also accommodate 21 students selected from seven art and design colleges from across Scotland.

Amanda Catto, chairwoman of the Scotland + Venice Partnership, said: "The Palazzo Fontana offers an exceptional setting for our presentation of new work by Graham Fagen.

"We are delighted to have discovered a unique venue that offers such exciting potential to the project.

"We look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to the ­exhibition when it opens in May next year".

The last Biennale show for Scotland featured work by Corin Sworn, Hayley Tompkins and Duncan Campbell, who is now in the running for the Turner Prize.

Scotland has a separate show from the official UK Pavilion.