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. Gi2020 will take place 24 April – 10 May 2020.

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


Volunteer Coordinator – Glasgow International 2020

Deadline Extended – 9am, Monday 4th November 2019

Volunteers play a key role in the delivery of Glasgow International. In 2018 over 90 volunteers worked across a range of venues and roles. We want to make sure that our volunteers have a great experience working with us and it’s the Volunteer Coordinator’s responsibility to make this happen. The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the Volunteer Programme for Glasgow International 2020. They are also responsible for ensuring that GI’s volunteer opportunities are actively open, accessible and inclusive and that barriers to access these opportunities are identified and addressed.

For further information, the job description and details on how to apply, please click the above link.

Glasgow International particularly welcomes applications from people of colour, individuals from ethnic minority or low-income backgrounds, disabled people, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and who are currently under represented in the visual arts.

What’s On

Visit our 2018 exhibitions archive and view the print festival guide online.

Listen to ARTimbarc’s free audio tour for an alternative introduction to the 2018 festival programme.

The Team

Richard Parry, Director

Poi Marr, Curator

Nora Almes, Assistant Curator

Diana Stevenson, Festival Manager 

Molly Whawell, Festival Coordinator 

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:

Leonie Bell, (Chair)

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


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