The Scottish show at the last Venice Biennale of visual art, by artist Graham Fagen, drew a record attendance.

More than 33,000 people visited the show at the 56th international art exhibition in Venice last year.

The show is now to open at the Hospitalfield artists house and arts venue in Arbroath this weekend.

Fagen's show featured sculptures, drawings, paintings and a film featuring a version of The Slave's Lament, with music composed by Sally Beamish, played by musicians from the Scottish Ensemble and sung by the reggae singer Ghetto Priest.

The show will run in Arbroath until April 17.

The previous high mark for visitors to the Scotland show at the Biennale was the 25,000 visitors to the first Scotland + Venice show in 2003.

Fagen's show, curated by Hospitalfield, was based in a new venue, for Scotland, on the Grand Canal in the Cannaregio district of Venice.

Creative Scotland, part of the Scotland + Venice partnership who put on the separate Scottish show at the festival, is now seeking notes of interest from curators or visual arts organisations to put on an exhibition next year.

Amanda Catto, chair of the Scotland + Venice partnership, said: "Since 2003 we have been proud to present the work of Scotland’s leading contemporary artists at the Venice Biennale, the longest-running and most prestigious international art biennial in the world.

"In 2015 we presented the work of Graham Fagen to great popular and critical acclaim.

"We are delighted to have attracted such strong attendances to his exhibition at Palazzo Fontana.

"It is very exciting for us that Graham’s work will now be available for audiences in Scotland through the re-staging of the exhibition at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath.

"This is a unique and inspiring setting and we would encourage people to visit, especially those who have never visited Hospitalfield before – we believe it will be a very memorable experience."

She added: "This is a great week for us to promote the Open Call for Scotland and Venice 2017 and we look forward to establishing our plans for that project over the coming months.

"The venue Palazzo Fontana has demonstrated that an easily found location within Venice ensures a greater footfall and therefore a stronger opportunity to engage a wider audience with the exhibition.

"We are exploring the possibility of retaining the Palazzo Fontana for 2017 but this decision will be made in partnership with the selected curatorial team for 2017.”

Lucy Byatt, the director at Hospitalfield, said: "The invitation to curate Scotland + Venice in 2015 gave Hospitalfield the opportunity to work closely with, Graham Fagen, an artist that we are really committed to.

"Quite apart from the platform that the Venice Biennale provides, this was a rare opportunity to make the sort of investment that artists need to make ambitious new work."

Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland and the British Council.

Hospitalfield was the 19th century home of collector and artist Patrick Allan-Fraser.

Left in Trust in 1890 to become the first residential art school in Scotland, the organisation is currently working on the first phase of a 21st century ‘Future Plan’a major redevelopment.