Glasgow International

GI 2018 in One Day

by Hyemin Kim, April 28th, 2018

With a week left of the festival, there’s still plenty of opportunity to take in some art. At this point, though, it makes sense to maximise your time. This is especially true if you’re travelling from further afield for the festival. Below, Hyemin Kim offers advice for cramming as much GI as possible into a single day, as well as some handy tips for first-time visitors to the city.

Alys Owen andBeth Shapeero, 'LOOP', 2018. Alys Owen andBeth Shapeero, ‘LOOP’, 2018.

Transport

If you want to visit as many venues as you can, start out by buying an all-day Subway ticket at £4.10 for an adult or £2.00 for a child. If you begin in the West End, you can then move east towards the City Centre, before ending up in the Southside.

While you’re on the Subway, spot the drawings, installations and other artworks scattered throughout the network as part of Alys Owen and Beth Shapeero‘s LOOP.

Unfortunately, the East End isn’t covered by the Subway, but there are many fantastic shows there too, and they’re all easy to access by bus or train. See what’s on in the East End here.

 

Lubaina Himid, ‘Breaking in, Breaking out, Breaking up, Breaking down’, 2018. Photo: Erika Stevenson Lubaina Himid, ‘Breaking in, Breaking out, Breaking up, Breaking down’, 2018. Photo: Erika Stevenson

West End

Kelvin Hall (Subway station: Kelvin Hall) is a great place to start your day at GI. There are two exhibitions here, E. Jane’s ethereal ‘Lavendra’ and Hardeep Pandhal’s vibrant, irreverent ‘Self-Loathing Flashmob’, both opening at 10am.

Right across the street is  Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a spectacular building and one of Scotland’s most popular attractions. It has more than 8,000 objects in its permanent collection; but if you’re visiting during GI, you’re probably here to see Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid’s ‘Breaking in, Breaking out, Breaking up, Breaking down’. Time your arrival for between 1pm and 2pm and you can appreciate the looming dragon installation to the soundtrack of the daily organ recital.

If the weather’s good, take a break from art to go for a stroll in Kelvingrove Park. Nearby Finnieston is packed with eating options, such as Mother India for Indian cuisine and Baffo for Italian (both have veggie-friendly menus). As for coffee shops, there’s The Steamie Coffee Roasters, Seb & Mili, The Cran, and many more besides.

 

Duggie Fields at The Modern Institute, 2018. Photo: Hyemin Kim Duggie Fields, The Modern Institute, 2018. Photo: Hyemin Kim

City Centre

Jump on the Subway to get to the city centre (Subway station: Buchanan Street) in minutes. Check out the exhibition ‘Cellular World: Cyborg-Human-Avatar-Horror’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). This group show, curated by GI’s Director Richard Parry, brings together works by nine artists: Joseph Buckley, Jamie Crewe, Jesse Darling, Cécile B. Evans, Lynn Hershman Leeson, E. Jane, Sam Keogh, Mai-Thu Perret and John Russell.

On Tuesday 1 May, you can join a curator-led tour of ‘Cellular World’ from 2:30-4pm – just book a free ticket via Eventbrite.

Next, you can either walk or take the subway (Subway Station: St. Enoch) to Trongate 103, which is where the GI Hub is located. If you need any festival advice, a map, or a copy of the guide, the Hub is the place.

Several exhibitions are concentrated in this block, including iQhiya  at Transmission, Ciara Phillips at Glasgow Print Studio, Nnena Kalu and Esther Ferrer, both at Project Ability, James Pfaff at Street Level Photoworks, and Girlz Club at Glasgow Project Room.

A short walk away is the Modern Institute, where you can see Duggie Fields‘ eye-poppingly bright exhibition as well as Urs Fischer’s far more sedate animatronic snails and Nicolas Party‘s giant outdoor purple head sculpture.

 

Tai Shani, 'Dark Continent: Semiramis', 2018. Photo: Lesley Fleming Tai Shani, ‘Dark Continent: Semiramis’, 2018. Photo: Lesley Fleming

Southside

Venues are scattered all over the city,  but if you only have a limited amount of time, Tramway should be high on your list. It’s in the Southside, about a 10-minute walk from Bridge Street Subway station.

You’ll find three exhibitions here. First of all, there’s Mark Leckey’s ‘Nobodaddy’, which features a sculpture, film and sound installation centring on the figure of Job.

Also on show at Tramway is Tai Shani’s ‘Dark Continent: Semiramis’, a surreal, dark and dreamlike installation.

Finally, Kapwani Kiwanga’s ‘Soft Measures’ responds to the fact that the continent of Africa is on course to literally engulf Europe.

Tramway is open until 5pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends. If you have the time, step outside into the Hidden Gardens for a wee bit of nature.

Extra tips

To round things off, here are a few final tips:

  • The free GI 2018 audio tour by ARTimbarc adds an extra layer to the festival experience. Listen on your phone to hear interviews with artists and curators.
  • Free daily tours are held at 12pm, starting from the festival Hub at Trongate 103. Book via Eventbrite.
  • There’s much more to the programme than exhibitions; check our event listings for talks, workshops, performances and more.

See the full list of GI 2018 exhibitions here

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