One of the UK’s boldest visual arts events, the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art returns in April 2012, bringing together exhibitions by the best international and local artists, from Turner Prize winners to the most exciting, emerging talent. The Festival builds on the successes of previous years, showcasing work by more than 130 artists in over 50 of Glasgow’s best permanent and temporary exhibition venues across the length and breadth of the city.
The 18-day Festival programme includes many newly-commissioned works, including several that draw on a range of other disciplines, including dance, film, music, performance and theatre.
Under the continued Directorship of Katrina Brown, this year GI focuses more on the real, the physical and the very tangible, rather than the digital or virtual, with an emphasis on the live experience. From strong sculptural presentations by Karla Black and Nairy Baghramian, who each deploy distinctive materials to potent effect, to two ambitious ‘performed installations’ by Graham Fagen & Graham Eatough and Kelly Nipper at Tramway, and ‘handleable’ new works by artists Corin Sworn, Mary Redmond, Camilla Low and Chris Johanson for ‘Dialogue of Hands’, many of the exhibitions and projects offer direct and very immediate encounters.
Time spent in and with this work is real, not edited or accelerated. This sense of real time is reflected back at us through the very tangible sense of the time and labour involved in the remarkable works of Richard Wright, shown in the grand surroundings of Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. While the focus on our actual experience of an artwork is amplified in Transmission’s exhibition ‘Six Works of Art For your Interpretation’, in which the participating artists remain anonymous.
There are dozens of exhibitions and events, as well as a distinct strand of public or outdoor works, with new commissions including a permanent work by Alex Frost for Platform, Easterhouse.
As ever, GI is only possible with the commitment of the many organisations and artists based in the city year-round with whom we collaborate to make this programme: we all hope you enjoy it and look forward to seeing you in April 2012.
For festival launch invitations and the schedule of opening weekend previews, professional events and networking opportunities during the festival Arts Professionals should register with the festival by visiting: www.glasgowinternational.org/index.php/visiting/International_Visitors
The Festival is made possible as a result of the commitment and partnerships between the visual arts network and venues within the city and funding partnerships with Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland and Scottish Enterprise Glasgow.