Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art is pleased to announce details of the programme for its eighth edition, opening on 20 April 2018. Under the new direction of Richard Parry, who joins the festival after serving as Curator-Director of the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool, the 2018 programme comprises new works, site-specific commissions, exhibitions and events across over 70 venues and spaces in the north, south, east and west of the city.
As one of the UK’s largest and most influential art festivals, it showcases Glasgow as an important location for the production and display of contemporary visual art. After seven successful editions, it is a festival that has quickly established itself as an essential juncture in the international art calendar. The aim is to showcase some of the best and most exciting work being made in Scotland and across the UK, but also to introduce powerful international work to audiences in Glasgow.
Glasgow International 2018 will include a Director’s Programme, curated by Parry, as well as a wider programme of exhibitions and projects led by artists, curators and producers who live and work in the city.
This year’s Director’s Programme begins with the large group exhibition Cellular World at GoMA, which will introduce audiences to key themes that will resurface in other commissions. Prominent concepts will include ideas of the ‘cyborg’, of artificial intelligence (AI) and of avatars, at a time when most of us rely on smartphones and have an online persona through social media.
In light of era-defining changes such as the Brexit referendum result and the election of Donald Trump that have occurred since the last edition in April 2016, many of the artworks and exhibitions across the entire programme will communicate a sense of how artists are responding to the new context in which we now find ourselves. Visitors will encounter artwork carrying a renewed sense of urgency, in particular around certain issues such as personal identity and social change, as well as work that jolts us to imagine new fictional futures.
Alongside the Cellular World exhibition, the Director’s Programme will include substantial new commissions in established favourite venues such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Tramway, as well as more unconventional sites across the city, such as Film City in Govan. This, together with the wider festival programme taking place throughout Glasgow, will encourage audiences to discover and re-discover parts of the city which might less frequently receive the spotlight.
Highlights for the 2018 Festival will include:
Solo exhibitions by international artists including Mark Leckey, Lubaina Himid, Urs Fischer, and Duggie Fields and Glasgow-based artists including Stephen Sutcliffe, Graham Eatough, and Michelle Hannah
Major new commissions and projects by Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga, British artists Linder and Tai Shani, Montreal-based artist Nadia Myre, and Glasgow-based artists Torsten Lauschmann and Aniara Omann
A major group exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), entitled Cellular World, which will bring together new commissions and existing work by artists including Joseph Buckley, Jamie Crewe, Jesse Darling, Cécile B. Evans, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, E. Jane, Sam Keogh, Mai-Thu Perret and John Russell
Over 45 group shows and 35 solo exhibitions by Glasgow-based, UK, and international artists
Over 190 artists to be featured across a number of ambitious projects
Over 130 Glasgow-based artists and with representation from at least 30 other countries with artists participating from Africa, Asia, Europe, South Pacific, South and North America.
Diverse new venues used across the city for festival programming including Film City and Platform Swimming Pool, Easterhouse
To find out more info and read about the full programme visit: glasgowinternational.org