Glasgow International launches Kickstarter campaign to fund a versatile social club for the next Festival

Today, Glasgow International launches their campaign to raise £25,000 to create a brand new project for the next festival.  This additional project will be an essential and versatile project room for the next Glasgow International Festival (8 – 25 April 2016), funded through Kickstarter, the online fundraising platform for creative projects. This social space will be designed by leading Glasgow based designers and will be a venue for new performances, events and screenings, as well as a forum for talks and discussions. The space will be a home to the Glasgow International education programme and provide a place for visitors, artists and curators to socialise, and discuss what they have seen each day of the festival. The funds raised by the Kickstarter campaign will be essential to the creation of this social space and its public programme.

 Our space will be created by Scottish-Italian designer Gabriella Marcella, and furniture designer Damian Kruse, reflecting the aims of the festival to collaborate with artists and arts organisations, commission new and ambitious work, and contribute to an essential and critical contemporary art discussion. The space will also represent a central point for visitors to GI 2016 and will house information on the Festival and a diverse schedule of artist talks, performances, workshops, lectures, live music, film screenings and parties. The confirmed line up of events includes:

 Diverse and intimate talks by some of the leading international and British artists in the Director's Programme, including Alexandra Bircken, Sheila Hicks, Lawrence Lek, Aaron Angell, Helen Johnson, Tamara Henderson and Claire Barclay, in conversation with a variety of curators, academics and fellow artists.

 The unique event Mega Hammer, which will brings together a mobile group of performers with shared sensibilities, including Turner Prize nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Jedrzej Cichosz, Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich.

A talk and workshop by the group of socially-engaged artists, 'Open Jar Collective', based on their project for Glasgow International 2016, Soil City: A Land Rights Research Lab.

 Music performances by a variety of Glasgow-based musicians and artists, including presentations by JD Twitch (Optimo) on his latest compilation about overlooked post-punk 7-inch records, artist-band Fallopé and the Tubes, and a live performance organised by Alexander Storey Gordon to accompany his Don Levy exhibition.

 The full programme is still to be confirmed and further details will be announced in the coming weeks. For those unable to attend the Festival next year, Glasgow International hopes to post recordings and images of the events on their website to make some of this content available to all.

 For all the pledges received, Glasgow International is offering a range of rewards as ‘thank-yous’ for supporting the Festival. These include unique t-shirts and bags designed by Gabriella Marcella, limited edition photographs by artist Tessa Lynch, risograph workshops with Gabriella Marcella, limited edition prints by Glasgow-based artist Michael Fullerton, and a unique work by Turner Prize-nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd amongst others. For full information on the Glasgow International Social Club, the Kickstarter campaign, the rewards and how to get involved, please visit the Kickstarter website here.

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