press release

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art is delighted to announce details of the programme for its 5th edition. One of the UK’s boldest visual arts events, the Festival will continue its tradition of bringing together exhibitions by the best international and local artists, from Turner Prize winners and nominees to the most exciting emerging talent. The Festival will build on the successes of previous Festivals, showcasing work by more than 130 artists across nearly 50 of Glasgow’s best permanent and temporary exhibition venues spanning the length and breadth of the city.

More than 90% of the work included in the 18-day Festival programme is new or previously unseen in the UK and the Festival will also feature a series of newly-commissioned works that draw on a range of other disciplines, including dance, film, music, performance and theatre.

Glasgow International 2012 is directed by Katrina Brown and will run from 20 April – 7 May 2012.

Highlights of the 2012 programme will include: MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITIONS by critically acclaimed international and local artists including Richard Wright, Karla Black, Alexandra Mir, Teresa Margolles and Folkert de Jong

NEWLY-COMMISSIONED WORK by leading international and local artists including Nairy Baghramian, Rosalind Nashashibi, Alex Frost and Alexandra Bachzetsis

GROUNDBREAKING CROSS-DISCIPLINARY COMMISSIONS in partnership with Scotland’s most prestigious national institutions, including the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Ballet

The return of OPEN GLASGOW, which will feature a daily newspaper, radio station and an artists’ restaurant at a private residence on Hill St, Glasgow

MORE THAN 40 ADDITIONAL SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS by the best up-and-coming local, Scottish, UK and international artists at diverse permanent, temporary, converted and unexpected venues across the city


Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art is delighted to present major solo exhibitions by leading local and international artists at permanent and temporary venues across the city. These will include the largest show to date in Scotland by Glasgow-based, 2011 Turner Prize contender KARLA BLACK, who will exhibit a series of major new sculptures in the grand ground floor of the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA); the first ever exhibition of works on paper by Glasgow based 2009 Turner Prize winner RICHARD WRIGHT at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum; and a new exhibition by RUTH EWAN, co-curated by Siobhan Carroll and Kitty Anderson in association with The Common Guild, will examine Glasgow’s turn of the 20th century Socialist Sunday School movement.

An exhibition of new work made by Mexican artist TERESA MARGOLLES during a three-month Production Residency at Glasgow Sculpture Studios (GSS) that coincided with the riots in England, will form the first show in GSS’ new premises in The Whisky Bond.

Additional solo exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists will include the first UK showing of Triumph, an installation of 2,529 discarded sporting trophies collected by Polish-born artist ALEKSANDRA MIR whilst living in Sicily; an exhibition of new sculpture by Dutch artist FOLKERT DE JONG (Glasgow School of Art); and an ambitious installation by Los Angeles-based multimedia artist KELLY NIPPER (Tramway T2); and an exhibition of historical works by EMORY DOUGLAS (Kendall Koppe).

Further solo shows will include LORNA MACINTYRE (Mary Mary); ADRIAN WISZNIEWSKI (Glasgow Print Studio); CHARLOTTE PRODGER (Intermedia at Centre for Contemporary Arts); ROB KENNEDY (CCA); PIO ABAD (The Duchy); and the late PAUL THEK (The Modern Institute).


The 2012 Festival will feature newly-commissioned work in a diverse range of media in a series of temporary and permanent spaces across Glasgow and in response to the city’s unique geography and architecture.

Highlights will include a permanent site-specific mural by rising star ALEX FROST at Platform, Easterhouse; a new installation conceived by Iranian-born artist NAIRY BAGHRAMIAN in the imposing Main Hall at The Mitchell Library (co-produced by GI and Sorcha Dallas); and a project by award-winning Scottish artist GRAHAM FAGEN, esteemed theatre director GRAHAM EATOUGH and Scottish director of photography MICHAEL MCDONOUGH, which will invite the audience into the place between art installation, promenade theatre and film-making, a collaboration with the National Theatre of Scotland, and supported by Creative Scotland’s ‘Vital Sparks’ awards (Tramway).

Additional off-site projects will include exhibitions by MARIETA CHIRULESCU AND DAVID KORTY (presented by Mary Mary); HENRY COOMBES (House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park); an ART LENDING LIBRARY presented by Market Gallery at The Mitchell Library; and ‘DIALOGUE OF HANDS’, an immersive outdoor sculpture park for children and adults in central Glasgow featuring new work by Mary Redmond, Corin Sworn, Chris Johanson and Camilla Løw.


The 2012 Festival will also feature a diverse performance programme, including newly-commissioned and produced work from dance to live installation, film and music. Highlights will include the Scottish premiere of a new performance work for the stage (co-produced with Chisenhale Gallery, London) by artist, performer and choreographer ALEXANDRA BACHZETSIS, who will confront the audience with a series of micro-performances; a new sound-based installation created by FOUND, in collaboration with former Arab Strap band-member AIDAN MOFFAT; and a new film commission (co-commissioned with Scottish Ballet) by Glasgow School of Art graduate ROSALIND NASHASHIBI, will be presented in GI’s hub space.

Further highlights will include a new film installation by Los-Angeles based film-maker REDMOND ENTWISTLE (Tramway T5), which will consider models for teaching in art schools today and ‘EVERYTHING FLOWS’ at Patricia Fleming Projects, which will examine the growth of the experimental collaborations between the music and visual arts sectors in Glasgow over the past twenty years.


2012 also sees the return of the Open Glasgow series, an initiative which presents ambitious and imaginative artists’ projects conceived specifically for the city during the festival. Three artist-run projects were selected from more than 80 submissions to run for the duration of the Festival. The three projects chosen for GI 2012 are MARK VERNON AND DUNCAN CAMPBELL’s temporary radio station Radiophrenia; a daily newspaper by REBECCA WILCOX AND ROB CHURM; and No Meal is Complete without Conversation, a series of free, bookable lunches at a private residence on Hill St, Glasgow, conceived by JOHN SHANKIE AND ANDREW MILLER.


The 2012 Festival will also feature more than 20 additional group exhibitions showcasing Glasgow based and international artists. Independent producers and artist collectives will present exhibitions at diverse temporary and permanent venues across the city including: David Dale Gallery; Southside Studios; Trongate 103, SWG3; The Mutual; Pipe Factory and Hanson Street Studios.


A vibrant line-up of events will accompany the 2012 programme, including a series of talks and tours in collaboration with Velocity. Further details will be announced in early 2012.

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art is funded by Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland, EventScotland, and Scottish Enterprise. Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art is produced and managed by Glasgow Life