Preview - Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art

Preview - Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art

Glasgow International has a strong history of establishing valuable dialogue between local and international artists while showcasing the city as an influential hub of creative talent.  

Entering its eighth year, the biennial festival is under new direction. Richard Parry, former Curator-Director of Blackpool’s Grundy Art Gallery, will guide the programme for 2018. Glasgow will welcome over 190 artists across 35 solo exhibitions and 45 group shows throughout April and May.

The programme will touch on the current unpredictable global climate. From the implications of Brexit to the absurdity of the US presidential elections,  the festival will see its artists respond to this new context we now live in. Issues of social justice and identity will also be explored with urgency, shedding light on the challenges faced within society today. 

A substantial group exhibition will take centre stage at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art as part of the 2018 Director’s Programme. ‘Cellular World’ will explore the relationship between human life and technology, reflecting on our current ideals of modern utopia and dystopia. New and existing works from artists including Joseph Buckley, Cecile B Evans, Mai-Thu Perret, and Glaswegian newcomer Jamie Crewe will feature.

The list of artists appearing at Glasgow International is not short of big names. Mark Leckey, a legend of post-internet culture, will present a solo exhibition at Tramway a decade on from receiving the Turner Prize. Lubaina Himid MBE, a current Turner Prize nominee, will also present solo work, with plans to create suspended sculptures inspired by Japanese kites in the main hall of the beloved Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

The 2018 programme will also feature new commissions in partnership with other Glaswegian cultural institutions. The Glasgow School of Art will commission research and work from Glasgow-based Torsten Lauschmann, covering humour, politics, and abstraction. Glasgow Print Studio will partner with Ciara Phillips to create a new installation in collaboration with their Master Printers team. In celebration of a new Flag series, artist Linder will also visit the Glasgow Women’s Library to create new work for the project.

The full programme for Glasgow International will be unveiled in early 2018.

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art takes place from 20th April to 7th May 2018.

Image Ciara Phillips, Every Woman a Signal Tower (2015)

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