Application Guidelines

Vision and Mission

Glasgow International is an internationally renowned festival that celebrates and showcases Glasgow as a unique centre for the production and presentation of contemporary visual arts.

In all its work, Glasgow International aims to:

  • support, develop and present the very best contemporary art
  • collaborate with the city’s artists and arts organisations
  • broaden and deepen engagement with, and experience of contemporary art amongst local, national and international visitors
  • create and support a strong and professional team to deliver the festival
  • create a robust financial model and achieve positive economic impact in Glasgow and Scotland
  • ensure sound and stable management of the festival

Artistic Values

There are a number of artistic values that underpin the festival:

Programming: relevance, critical integrity, timeliness, risk-taking.

Investment in artists: nurturing, supportiveness, information-sharing, understanding.

Audience: accessibility, openness, generosity.

Festival History

Glasgow International is an 18 day event taking place every other year across the city of Glasgow. Combining the characteristics of a conventional visual arts biennial, with a more event-based experience, GI is a truly unique project in the British cultural calendar.

The Festival had two annual editions in 2005 and 2006 before changing to its current format in 2008. 2016 saw the festival return for the seventh edition, and fifth in the biennial format.

GI provides a unique platform, combining the best in international contemporary visual art with a strong local element. Glasgow has an unusually rich visual arts sector, described by The Guardian as the ‘most developed arts scene outside London’.

Using established arts venues, public spaces, museums and non-art spaces, the Festival promotes Glasgow as a major international centre for the production and presentation of visual arts.

Funders and Governance

Financial management of the GI Festival sits with Glasgow Life whilst the project is overseen by a Steering Group, comprised of representatives of each of the Festival’s four core funders (Glasgow City Council / Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland and Event Scotland) and an Artistic Advisory Board. Support from Scottish Enterprise ended in 2014, resulting in a £100k resources reduction.

The Artistic Advisory Board for 2018 is comprised of: Rob Churm (artist), Prof Gerry Grams (Former City Design Adviser, Glasgow City Council), Andrew Hamilton (The Modern Institute), Derek Harte (Hamilton Corporate Finance), Stephanie Macdonald (Founder and Architect, 6A Architects), Sarah Strang (Director, Civic Room) and Jamie Whitfield (Property Development Manager).

Festival Characteristics and Structure

Glasgow International is a festival not a biennial: this suggests an opportunity for event-based programming, in addition to ‘static’ exhibitions.

Additionally, Glasgow International gives preferential financial support to other organisations’ programmes where activity is additional to already funded year-round programmes.

The final programme comes together through the following four routes:

Director’s: Projects, events and exhibitions commissioned and curated directly by the Director of GI, including in co-operation with other organisations.  This will include Tramway and GoMA and offsite venues.

Supported: Projects, events and exhibitions conceived by organisations, groups and associations in receipt of GI funding support.

Across the City: Projects, events and exhibitions conceived by organisations, groups and associations not in receipt of GI funding support.

Open Glasgow & Open Glasgow Bursary: Submissions from an open call, from individual artists, and curators to apply for funding for a new work conceived for the city at Festival time.

Programme decisions are made by the Director in consultation with Glasgow International’s Artistic Advisory Board. Open Glasgow will be selected by a small panel from Glasgow and further afield.

Contact Details

For enquiries please contact:
T: +44 (0)141 287 6412

Apply Online

All Proposals must be submitted online – applications will be live in February 2017.

Festival Team 2016

Sarah McCrory, Director
Poi Marr, Curator
Emma Flynn, Festival Coordinator
Tracey Kelly, Marketing Manager

In January-February 2017 we will be joined by a new Festival Manager, and the teams for Design and PR will be in place by April 2017. A number of other roles will be recruited closer to the festival, including Professional Visits Programmer, Volunteer Coordinator, Digital and Web Editor and Publications Editor. The Festival is supported by a team of volunteers, and recruitment will start late summer 2017.

Festival Statistics

If you require stats / visitor figures for additional funding applications we can provide these. Just drop us an email.