Glasgow International’s Commitment to Anti-Racism
by Glasgow International, September 28, 2020
Gi Digital Programme
by _editor, April 20, 2020
Postponed – Glasgow International
by _editor, March 17, 2020
Attention to What? | Public Lecture with Art Historian TJ Clark | Fri 6 March
by _editor, February 13, 2020
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by Glasgow International, January 31, 2020
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by Glasgow International, January 30, 2020
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by Glasgow International, December 10, 2019
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by Richard Parry, September 20, 2019
Glasgow International Announces Programme
by Richard Parry, September 20, 2019
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by Richard Parry, June 10, 2019
by Richard Parry, March 18, 2019
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by Laura Williams, May 7, 2018
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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
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by Eilidh McCabe, April 30, 2018
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by Hyemin Kim, April 28, 2018

Gi Digital Programme

by _editor, April 20, 2020

Gi2020 23 April - 10 May | A New Online Programme

Gi2020 23 April – 10 May | A New Online Programme

Glasgow International announces a digital programme to mark the dates of the 2020 festival, featuring new online commissions by artists including Alberta WhittleJenkin van ZylYuko Mohri and Liv Fontaine.

Glasgow International has announced details of a new, digital programme in place of the 2020 festival, which has been postponed until 2021. The programme will be available on the homepage of the Glasgow International website (www.glasgowinternational.org) from 23 April-10 May, the dates when the original festival was due to take place.

Artists including Jenkin van Zyl, Yuko Mohri, Alberta Whittle and Liv Fontaine have made new work for the digital programme, which also showcases works by artists Georgina Starr, Urara Tsuchiya and Sarah Forrest. These artists, who were all part of the planned Glasgow International 2020, have been selected to create or contribute work for our digital programme to give audiences a taste of what the Festival aimed to bring them this year. In some cases, this is now with the added lens of our current context.

Jenkin van Zyl, whose arresting work brings to the fore performance and queerness, will show a new, panoramic video work comprising footage shot in Iceland shortly before the UK lockdown in March.

Scottish-Barbadian artist Alberta Whittle will present a working iteration of business as usual: hostile environment. Originally commissioned in collaboration with Glasgow Sculpture Studio with the support of Event Scotland in celebration of the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, the project was conceived to explore Glasgow’s Forth and Clyde Canal as both a literal and poetic route through which to reflect on the role of waterways in the voluntary and involuntary movement of people. Reworking aspects of the new film at speed and in light of the Covid-19 outbreak, Whittle powerfully incorporates archival footage relating to the UK’s Windrush scandal as well as material highlighting the role of immigrants in the NHS as they tackle the virus, foregrounding how political and ecological climates intersect and shape one another.

Japanese artist Yuko Mohri, who primarily creates sculpture and installations comprising found objects and kinetics, has produced a new video work; splicing film scenes where no humans are present with scenes from Yasujirō Ozu’s acclaimed film Tokyo Story (1953), much of which is set within claustrophobic domestic interiors.

Glasgow-based artist Liv Fontaine, whose live performances are primarily concerned with the politics of relationships and sex, has created a new video work featuring new material created under lockdown conditions in Glasgow.

Existing works showing as part of the digital programme will include Georgina Starr’s Yesterday (1991), a recording made by the artist when she was a alone in the corridors of the Slade School of Art almost 30 years ago. In the strange and unsettling context of the current moment, the haunting tune reflects a certain kind of melancholia for returning to the past and to how things used to be. Starr’s major new film work Quarantaine, which, presciently, alludes to the period of enforced isolation commonly known as quarantine, will show at Gi2021.

Glasgow-based artist Urara Tsuchiya, who has been sequestered in northern Italy since the country went into lockdown in early March, shows the video work Give us a Meow (2019), first shown as part of an installation at Frieze Art Fair last year. The film is set in a remote country cottage and shows the artist dancing alone in a variety of self-made costumes, in what appears to be an entranced or captivated state.

The Scottish artist Sarah Forrest will present a single-channel film for the digital programme, comprising one component of a larger installation titled The Unreliable Narrator (2019). The work depicts a magician’s hands as they shuffle decks and undertake card tricks, conjuring a narrative that we knowingly enter into even though we understand it is false; and building an intimate, almost haptic connection with the viewer.

Additional programming includes an audio introduction, given by Director Richard Parry; and a recorded panel discussion between Parry, curator Stefanie Hessler and writers Brian Dillon and Orit Gat, which explores the ways in which the resonance of the festival’s theme of has changed in light of the COVID-19 crisis, will also be available.

Also included is a recording of a recent lecture given by TJ Clark, discussing the ways we pay attention to artworks through the particular example of a 1917 painting by Matisse. The lecture was presented in collaboration with the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow


Check out our digital programme here 23 April – 10 May 2020


We thank the participating artists and the many more who were preparing for this year’s festival in both the Director’s and Across the City programmes. We are working on a plan to restage a festival in 2021 and will communicate details in due course. In addition, we are developing further online activity to foreground the work of artists across the programme.