Exploring GI 2016
Glasgow’s west end, with all its bars and shops, is a fun choice for a day out featuring some GI events and shows. Start at the Botanical Gardens, where you will see Aaron Angell in the Begonia House, walk down Byres Road to stop at Hillhead Library for the group show ‘This Show May Change’. On to University Avenue and catch the Hunterian Gallery’s contemporary show The Dead Teach The Living. Head from there along Kelvin Way to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to see Aaron’s next exhibit. Then across the road to the Kelvin Hall, currently under renovation, for works by Clare Barclay and Helen Johnson. Finally, walk up through Kelvingrove to the Park Circus area to The Common Guild on Woodlands Terrace and see Akram Zaatari’s first show in Scotland.
The GI HUB at South Block is a good place to start, head around the corner to Transmission (not for suitable for children) and on to T103 for a host of shows at Project Ability, Street Level, Glasgow Print Studio – all in one location. Then walk along to King Street where Avant Garde is showing group show Chateaux Double Wide or watch Henry Coombes film. From there, The Modern Institute at Osborne Street nearby has Tatham and O’Sullivan and then visit Soil City from the Open Jar Collective. Head across the Merchant City to GOMA where Director’s Programme brings major exhibitions from Cosima von Bonin and Tessa Lynch.
The Savoy Centre on Sauchiehall Street, always worth a visit, houses three shows. Up the road, Glasgow School of Art hosts two exhibitions, Serena Korda’s sound sculptures and Christina McBride’s exhibition of photographic works. Then head around the corner to Fireworks Studio, where Erica Eyres and Garnet McCulloch have created The Vegetable Store. Just along Sauchiehall Street at the CCA there are three shows around the building – and opportunity for a refreshment pit stop – before heading to the Mitchell Library for a Director’s Programme show with Tamara Henderson in the Main Hall.
While on the South side, head to Govanhill Baths on Calder Street, a great venue featuring Josee Aubin Oulellette’s Body Blocks. Then close by, you can visit The Albatross, a 100 year old workshop where various artists present The Rookery; then to the much loved Queens Park Railway Club for a show by Stewart Home. Tramway on Albert Drive features several artists and is one of the principal venues for the festival, ensure you have enough time to take in all the work before a coffee or snack in the cafe.
Want to escape the city? Jump in a cab and head to ARTPARK at Bellahouston Park for Proto Copies by Rallou Panagiotou at the Studio Pavilion, Rowing Machines and Middlemen by Corin Sworne and Trakke, Gabriella Boyd and Marco Giordano and finally GreyField, a show at Shed 1 by Scott Brotherton and Ric Warren.
A train to Bridgeton takes you to the heart of a several great experiences; start at Carlton Burial Ground, memorial cemetery to the Calton Weavers inspiring Georgia Hogan who presents her show Saturday. Then on to the Glasgow Women’s Library for collaborative exhibition, Speaking Volumes before visiting The Albus – where three exhibitions featuring 15 artists are presented; Semi-Glass, Semi-Permeable; The Clinic and As You Were. Whilst here you may be able to drop in on the Make Strange Studio. Then visit Crownpoint Studios for Patrick Cole’s Bullfighting, Kenny Love and Jo Tomlinson’s Elastic Lapse and a fascinating group show exploring the relationship between Glasgow and Cyprus-based artist spaces. Finish at David Dale for their two fascinating exhibitions including Sol Calero.
For all opening times and exact locations check the website links and be sure to pick up our festival guide and map, showing public transport and all venues for when you’re out and about.
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