Glasgow international


Applications are now open to Glasgow-based artists, curators, collectives, groups, galleries and organisations for the Across The City programme for Glasgow International 2020.

The Festival 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.

Apply to take part in GI by submitting your proposal to the Across The City programme here.

Please be aware that this form needs to be completed in one session. If you would like to view the application in advance, please refer to a PDF of the questions here.

Information about the festival, theme and guidelines on how to apply can be found in the Glasgow International 2020 Handbook.

A document of Frequently Asked Questions is available here.

Please note that any applications received after the deadline of 31 May 2019 will not be considered.


We are holding two days of meetings with the GI team on Mon 13 and Weds 15 May to answer any queries you may have ahead of the Across the City deadline 31 May. Applicants wishing to apply for the top Band D of £10,000 must arrange to meet with the team to discuss their proposal before applying.

To book in with the GI team please email by Thursday 9 May. Surgery slots will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. If you are a Band D applicant and have any access requirements that mean you are unable to attend a meeting, please get in touch and we will endeavour to find an alternative way to discuss your proposal. The GI office at Trongate 103 is wheelchair accessible.

Glasgow International 2020 Theme: Attention

To pay something attention is to bestow the value of your concentration and time upon it. Attention is the decision of what to focus in on in detail and what to leave as blurry remainder. Within the maelstrom of competition for our eyes and ears, the act of placing attention in something offers a way of approaching our lives with consideration and assiduousness – to make an ethical choice as to something’s importance. Attention is the sibling of intention.

Attention is less a theme and more a method of looking, thinking and approaching the world and the work of artists – with effort, care, sustained looking and criticality. It is the search for the specific thing that in turn unlocks entire new ways of seeing. It offers a framework or methodology for thinking through some of the urgencies of today; today’s urgencies that are likely to remain tomorrow’s. The commissions and exhibitions involve a forensic concentration – deep and ongoing investiture in a single concern or set of concerns.  This might involve intensely personal examinations of the self, or it could be about exploring social and political concerns such as the making of coloniality or the navigation of prejudice. The placing of attention in something may equally relate to a curiosity and the pursuit of something that is primarily about aesthetic or intellectual pleasure.

To attend on someone or to something is to express human care. This could be an act of love, but equally an act of futility, as in the case of Sisyphus pushing his rock up a mountain.

The festival is a special moment, a crescendo in the creative rhythm of the city – a concentrated instance that opens up a space for relearning and recovering the stretches of time before, during and beyond it. Attention seeks to step outside the everyday and open up a new space for looking, thinking and spending time with the work of artists and to see afresh the intent behind the work.

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