Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art
A woman looking through a box of artwork
Three people forming a triangle at an exhibition
Dates and Opening times

Fri 7 – Fri 14 June

Fri 7 June, 9am – 5pm
Sat 8 June, 11am – 3pm
10 – 14 June, 9am – 5pm


Byres Community Hub
School of Health & Wellbeing
Clarice Pears Building
University of Glasgow
90 Byres Road
G12 8TB

Presented by

Cheryl McGeachan, University of Glasgow & Glasgow Museums 

Supported by

Supported by Glasgow International with funds from the Scottish Government’s Festivals EXPO Fund 


Good access: The venue has ramped or level access and/or lifts to access upper floors

Accessible Toilets: The venue has a wheelchair-accessible toilet

Baby Change: The venue has baby change facilities 

Refreshments: There is a café or somewhere you can purchase refreshments

For additional access information, click here

The Open Museum is an ongoing project which takes kits containing objects from Glasgow Museums collections out into the community, as a catalyst for storytelling and creative activities. Art Outside of the Box is the first such handling kit to contain fine artworks and includes original art from the Art Extraordinary collection.

Art Extraordinary is a unique collection of Scottish outsider art collected by pioneering artist and art therapist Joyce Laing (1939-2022) and contains artwork produced by individuals with lived experience of mental ill-health and/or incarceration. Throughout Joyce’s career, she collected over a thousand works of art from hospital or prison spaces, as well as gifts from the people that she mentored or befriended. She believed in the transformative power of art as a tool for expression, communication, and well-being. Art Outside of the Box was co-created by experts with experience of mental ill-health and incarceration and contains artworks from outsider artists across Scotland, spanning the last century. 

The accompanying textual and creative materials were produced by community partners and raise important questions regarding the lived experiences of mental ill-health, the power of art and creativity, and ethics. Art Outside of the Box is an opportunity to explore, discuss and be inspired by the artworks. A programme of workshops run by collaborators involved in creating the kit will accompany the exhibition.