Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010 is delighted to announce that it achieved an astonishing increase in visitors, with 16,237 unique visitors from Friday 16th April to Monday 3rd May, the Festival audience was 27% up on its 2008 outing – a clear mark of its growing reputation and increased prominence in the city that is home to so many of the country’s most significant artists.
Acclaim for the Festival and its many projects includes the short-listing of Glasgow-born and Berlin-based artist Susan Philipsz for this year’s Turner Prize, with the winner of the 2010 prize to be announced on Monday 6th December.
The overall attendance at the festival was 153,182, which represents a 71% increase on visits compared with the 2008 festival – this despite the fact that the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud meant the city’s airport was closed for 6 of the Festival’s 18 days. 33% of Festival visitors came from outside Scotland (18% from overseas, 15% from rest of UK). The key economic impact statistics to emerge from an independent evaluation of the Festival were, as follows:
Total net expenditure in Glasgow = £1,077,079
Total net expenditure in Scotland by non Scottish visitors and by organisers = £285,668
The Turner Prize citation is testament to the Festival’s ability to attract important artists at key points in their career and to realise major works with them. As well as attracting major international artists including Gerard Byrne, David Maljkovic, Christoph Büchel, Fiona Tan and Jimmie Durham to the city for their first ever Scottish or UK showings, the Festival also show-cased the work of both prominent and emergent Glasgow artists, including Jim Lambie, David Shrigley and Douglas Gordon.
Produced by Jean Cameron (Glasgow Life) and currently directed by Katrina Brown of The Common Guild, the Festival has quickly become a key event in the British cultural calendar. Its success in 2010 is a reminder of the vital and highly productive role played by culture in general and visual art in particular in Scotland’s economy and its international reputation.
The next outing of the Festival is due to take place in 2012. Details will be announced in spring 2011.
GI is supported by the work of an artistic advisory committee and is funded by Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland, Event Scotland and Scottish Enterprise.