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Richard Parry set to leave GI having overseen two festivals and navigating pandemic postponement
by Glasgow International, September 30, 2021
Performance Research Network: watch 3 roundtable discussions now
by Glasgow International, September 20, 2021
Unpacking the work: Femininities in Sikhism through the work of Nirbhai ‘Nep’ Singh Sidhu
by Glasgow International, September 6, 2021
France-Lise McGurn meets Nova Scotia the Truth
by Glasgow International, July 20, 2021
14 exhibitions you can still visit in person
by Glasgow International, July 16, 2021
Callout for creatives of South Asian heritage
by Glasgow International, July 15, 2021
Take the Glasgow International 2021 survey and enter our £50 gift voucher draw
by Glasgow International, June 28, 2021
Sekai Machache meets Nova Scotia the Truth
by Glasgow International, June 28, 2021
Glasgow International & ArtReview Writer in Residence 2021: Rachel Willcocks
by Glasgow International, June 21, 2021
GI Radio = Clyde Built Radio x Glasgow International
by Glasgow International, June 18, 2021
Focus your ‘Attention’
by Glasgow International, June 14, 2021
Welcome to GI2021
by Glasgow International, June 12, 2021
From Sammy Baloji to Carol Rhodes: previewing Glasgow International 2021
by Glasgow International, June 9, 2021
Glasgow International New Writers Programme
by Glasgow International, June 4, 2021
Call for Writers! Glasgow International & ArtReview Writer Residency
by Glasgow International, May 14, 2021
Shifting ‘attention’: Glasgow International Director Richard Parry reflects on the theme for GI2021
by Glasgow International, April 30, 2021
Glasgow International 2021 programme revealed
by Glasgow International, April 30, 2021
Recruiting volunteers for Gi2021
by Glasgow International, March 24, 2021
40% Artists’ Editions Flash Sale
by Glasgow International, November 26, 2020
GI2021 New June Dates
by Glasgow International, November 25, 2020
Gi Digital Programme
by Glasgow International, April 20, 2020
Postponed – Glasgow International
by Glasgow International, March 17, 2020
Attention to What? | Public Lecture with Art Historian TJ Clark | Fri 6 March
by Glasgow International, February 13, 2020
Gi Preview days: 23, 24, 25 April
by Glasgow International, January 31, 2020
Full Programme Now Available
by Glasgow International, January 30, 2020
Introducing the Advisory Board with Leonie Bell
by Glasgow International, December 10, 2019
Across the City in Gi
by Richard Parry, September 20, 2019
Glasgow International Announces Programme
by Richard Parry, September 20, 2019
Gi Selection Panel Announced
by Richard Parry, June 10, 2019
ATTENTION: Gi Theme
by Richard Parry, March 18, 2019
Looking Back on Mick Peter’s ‘The Regenerators’
by Laura Williams, May 7, 2018
Supporter Interview: Sigrid Kirk, Co-founder of ARTimbarc
by Eilidh McCabe, May 6, 2018
Artist Interview: Michelle Emery-Barker, ‘Sculpture Showroom’
by Carmel Wilkinson-Ayre, May 5, 2018
Artist Interview: Geneva Sills, ‘Against Time’
by Becki Crossley, May 4, 2018
The Changing Face of GI
by Carmel Wilkinson-Ayre, May 3, 2018
Treasure Hunting with the Artists Behind ‘Say What I Am Called’
by Imogen Harland, May 2, 2018
Artist Interview: Ric Warren, ‘Site Acquired’
by Becki Crossley, May 1, 2018
Accessibility at the Festival
by Eilidh McCabe, April 30, 2018
GI 2018 in One Day
by Hyemin Kim, April 28, 2018
Lynn Hershman Leeson, E. Jane, and Haraway’s Cyborg
by Imogen Harland, April 27, 2018
GI 2018 for Families
by Eilidh McCabe, April 27, 2018
Artist Interview: James Pfaff, ‘Alex & Me’
by Erifili Gounari, April 24, 2018

ATTENTION: Gi Theme

by Richard Parry, March 18, 2019

ATTENTION: Gi2020 Theme

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.

To find out more and apply to the Gi2020 Across the City Programme visit this page.