Glasgow International

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

Work With Us

We currently have two vacancies, Festival Manager and Festival Coordinator.

Festival Manager 

The Festival Manager is responsible for the operations of the organisation, ensuring that the festival programme is delivered to the artistic vision of its Director, on time and to budget with sound administrative procedures in place. The successful candidate will play a key role in fundraising and stakeholder relations, also working with the Director to increase income across trusts and foundations as well as commercial and donor support. The role will also play a leading role in developing opportunities for freelance artists through the festival and for developing the learning programme.

To apply for the role of Festival Manager, click here

Festival Coordinator 

The Festival Coordinator works closely with both the Festival Manager and Director to ensure that the operations and administration of the festival runs smoothly. This pivotal role is critical to managing the open programme of the festival, and the successful candidate will need to have exceptional administrative and communications skills, dealing with enquiries from people organising projects within the open programme, as well as general enquires that come in. It is important that they will have a working knowledge of contemporary art and the arts sector. Nearer to the festival time, the Festival Coordinator will arrange the festival hub, and work closely with the Festival Manager to ensure that key tasks are done on a day-to-day basis.

To apply for the role of Festival Coordinator, click here.

What’s On

Visit our exhibitions and view the print festival guide online.

Listen to ARTimbarc’s free audio tour for an alternative introduction to the festival programme.

The Team

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.

Advisory Board

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

Thank You

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.

Back to 2018

Glasgow international 2018