Glasgow International today announces further details for its 7th edition, which opens on 8 April 2016. Over the 18-day Festival, Glasgow International 2016 will host an ambitious programme of new works, site-specific commissions, new venues, exhibitions and events at over 75 locations across the city of Glasgow. Exhibiting work by more than 220 of the best local and international artists, the 2016 Festival will further showcase Glasgow as one of the world’s most important creative hubs for contemporary visual art.
Alongside new exhibitions and events as part of the 2016 Festival, Glasgow International is excited to announce further details on the 2016 Director’s programme, which will consider the legacy of industry and the relationship artists have to making, production and craft. Curated by the Festival’s Director, Sarah McCrory, the programme will look at a range of subjects including feminist practices, industrial legacies and what it means to be working creatively as an artist today.
As part of the Glasgow International Director’s Programme, the Festival will stage a group show by five artists Lawrence Lek, Sheila Hicks, Alexandra Bircken, Mika Rottenberg and Amie Siegel at Tramway. The exhibition, co-designed by Martin Boyce, will focus on ideas of production, manufacture, material culture, design, history and labour. Glasgow’s cultural spaces exist predominately as a result of its industrial legacy in shipbuilding, metal-works, textiles and its role as a key trading port as many of Glasgow’s galleries and museums are reclaimed spaces born from this wealth of industry.
Glasgow International 2016 will feature a number of solo exhibitions by both international and Glasgow-based artists, showing across the city. At the Gallery of Modern Art, GoMA, the Festival will present a solo exhibition by German artist Cosima von Bonin entitled Who’s Exploiting Who In The Deep Sea? The exhibition brings together a series of von Bonin’s works from 2006 onwards exploring the artist’s affection for the creatures of the sea. Weaving together humour with melancholy, these works have ambiguous roles which explore art history, popular culture, craft, and feminism. The exhibition will be presented in collaboration with SculptureCenter, New York who will show a parallel exhibition of her work from September – December 2016.
Sarah McCrory, Director of Glasgow International said: “Once again, Glasgow International brings together a wealth of respected international and Glasgow-based artists. The increased level of involvement in this edition, and the breadth and quality of the programme is testament to the continuing success and significance of this festival. We’re proud to be able to highlight and support the activity that takes place throughout the year over these 18 energetic and exciting days, and to provide focus to the important Glasgow-based artistic community.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The Glasgow International Festival is an important showcase of Scotland’s thriving visual arts sector and we are delighted to support the event for its 7th edition in 2016.”
“An array of international and local talent will come together across the city to create a varied 18-day programme which will, in many ways, reflect Glasgow’s industrial past. This theme is especially appropriate in 2016, Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, and I expect will spark much interest from contemporary art lovers across the country.”
Full details of the programme can be found online at: http://glasgowinternational.org