Glasgow International 2018 announces further details of its programme

Now in its eighth edition, Glasgow International is the largest festival for contemporary visual art in Scotland and an essential juncture in the international art calendar. It seeks to represent some of the most exciting work being made in Glasgow and around the world, showcasing Glasgow as a key location for the production and display of contemporary art.

Glasgow International is pleased to announce further details of its 2018 programme including:

 Additional information on solo exhibitions as part of the Director’s Programme including Lubaina Himid, Mark Leckey, Hardeep Pandhal, E. Jane, and Kapwani Kiwanga

  • A sculptural intervention by Glasgow-based artist Mick Peter at new venue Dalmarnock Gas Purifier, in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 and Festival 2018 — the cultural programme of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships

Performances and events by Esther Ferrer, E. Jane, Linder, Susannah Stark, Douglas Morland, Marco Giordano, Emma Finn and Peel Eezy

Diverse locations across the city used as venues including the Forth and Clyde Canal and Glasgow’s network of subway stations and carriages (SPT)

  • Details of projects awarded support funding including Esther Ferrer, Lauren Gault & Sarah Rose, Florrie James and Henry Coombes

Over 45 group shows and 40 solo exhibitions

 Over 260 artists from 30 countries showing work in more than 70 venues across the city

Over 100 events associated with the programme including performances, talks and screenings

 Year of Young People

As part of this years’ Directors Programme, artist Mick Peter will create The Regenerators. an ambitious sculptural intervention using the Dalmarnock Gas Purifier building, managed and maintained by Clyde Gateway and partners Peter, together with young people from across the West of Scotland will create a 76m long ‘billboard to cover the empty façade of a historic former gas purifying shed in the East End of the city. The new hoarding depicts in drawings reminiscent of a newspaper strip cartoon, crumbling buildings from different eras, including a medieval castle, tenement housing as well as modem flats in the process of being demolished.

The project which has been commissioned by Glasgow International, Year of Young People 2018 and Festival 2018 - the cultural programme of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships will also see a solitary piece of ‘public sculpture’ wheeled out ceremoniously each day before being returned to its lockup behind the new drawn façade. The project is intended to create a double take on the hoardings that surround building sites whilst inviting us to consider Glasgow’s architectural history and the loaded nature of the transformation of its industrial built heritage. The young people’s participation in the project has been led by a core curatorial group of students from Glasgow School of Art Widening Participation team.

‘The GSA's Widening Participation team works with young people from across the west of Scotland enabling them to access a broad range of creative opportunities We are delighted that their project with GSA MFA graduate, Mick Peter, will be part of the 2018 GI Festival especially in this Year of Young People,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. ‘The GSA is particularly pleased that the young people’s contribution will be part of a broad programme of GSA projects featured in Gl alongside major new commissions from GSA alumni Torsten Lauschmann and Susanne Norregârd Nielsen.’

The young curatorial team for the Year of Young People project stated, it’s been a great opportunity to have our voices heard through waking with established artists and it’s also an experience many of us haven't had until this project with GI. The space is fantastic as it is totally untouched with no preconceptions and is to a scale that none of us have worked before. The theme in our project is one that’s very current Regeneration is always happening and people always respond differently to the effects of it The Year of Young People is a really important idea as it gives a much-needed platform for young people to help encourage them to use their talents and realise the power we hold as a generation when we work together.”

 Prints, drawings, sculptural installations, video and live pieces by Alys Owen and Beth Shapeero across Glasgow’s network of subway stations and carriages (SPT) will examine the nature of travel and daily routines, exploring the overlooked absurdities of everyday life. Works include an interactive ‘screen print giveaway’, a moving image and sculptural work created with young people and a video depicting the impromptu Wind tunnel hairstyles’ we experience in the subway’s tunnel system. Loop was created with the help of local young people as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.

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