About Glasgow International
Glasgow International is Scotland’s largest festival for contemporary art, taking place over three weeks every two years across the city of Glasgow. Renowned as a centre for contemporary art, the festival draws on the city’s strengths as a vibrant and distinctive centre of artistic production and display. Combining the characteristics of a visual arts biennial with an open submission model for artists and curators based in the city, GI is a truly unique event in the European cultural calendar.
The Festival had two annual editions in 2005 and 2006 before changing to its current format in 2008. 2018 saw the festival return for the eighth edition, and sixth in the biennial format.
GI provides a unique platform, combining a strong interwoven offer of commissions and exhibitions by both artists living locally and internationally, in both large-scale and familiar public venues as well as smaller less conventional sites. Glasgow has an unusually rich visual arts sector, described by The Guardian as the ‘most developed arts scene outside London’.
In our work we aim to:
- Facilitate, commission and nurture the production of internationally resonant artwork of timeliness and critical integrity
- Support and collaborate with locally based artists and arts organisations to create ambitious new works and exhibitions
- Deepen and develop artistic discourse between locally and internationally based artists and audiences through talks, events and visits
- Extend the arts experience across the city and its communities by showing work in non-traditional spaces, as well as museums and galleries
Listen to ARTimbarc’s free audio tour for an alternative introduction to the festival programme.
Allan Madden, Interim Festival Coordinator
Poi Marr, Curator
Freya Monk-McGowan, Assistant Curator
Richard Parry, Director
To speak to a member of the team please call 0141 276 8384.
Glasgow International’s Advisory Board offers guidance and support to the festival team. The current members of the board are:
Rob Churm, Artist
Andrew Hamilton, Director, The Modern Institute
Sigrid Kirk, Co-founder of AWITA and ARTimbarc
Silka Patel, Marketing and Communications consultant, Founder of Scotland Women in Technology
Ciara Phillips, Artist
Sarah Strang, Director, Civic Room, Glasgow
Glasgow International is produced and managed by Glasgow Life. We would like to thank all of the artists and participants in the programme and Glasgow’s visual art community, without whose talent, innovation, tenacity and hard work, Glasgow International would not be possible.
We would also like to thank the following individuals and organisations.
Funders’ Steering Group
David Laing, Glasgow Life; Sandra McPherson, Glasgow Life; Sarah McIntyre, Creative Scotland; Fiona Dally, EventScotland.
Programme Selection Panelists
With thanks to Rob Churm, Christine Eyene and Helen Nisbet who worked alongside the curatorial team to select for the wider programme.
With Additional Thanks to:
Jill Miller, Alex McLean, Gavin Johnston, Claire Jackson, Jackie Shearer, Suzanne Kay, Jim Clark, Amy Wimpenny, Ailie Fleming, Stacey Conn, Katie Duffy, Katie Nicol, Gabriel Araujo, and our team of incredible volunteers.