Glasgow International Festival: Bringing Art and the Public Together

Glasgow International Festival: Bringing Art and the Public Together

Scotland’s largest festival for contemporary art, Glasgow International Festival (GI) organises a host of free events across the city and runs from 20 April-7 May 2018.

Art lover and GI volunteer Dexter Thornhill said: “It’s a festival not only for the art community but for people of all interests. You don’t have to pay, so it’s less about the buying or selling on, and more about the viewing and enjoyment which I think is quite important.”

Thornhill highlighted some not to be missed GI exhibitions: “Definitely the Glasgow Tramway and go to The Pipe factory as well which also has a good gallery. The Modern Institute is also great.”

“I believe it brings together works from very different backgrounds, and explores very current issues in today’s world. It creates a platform where new work can be seen.”-Melinda Huttl

 

GI provides a unique platform as it showcases Glasgow as an important location for the production and display of contemporary visual art, with over 70 venues across the city.

Over 260 artists from over 30 countries with artists participating from Africa, Asia, Europe, South Pacific, South and North America will showcase at this year’s GI festival.

The schedule boasts exhibitions by both local and international artists in both large-scale and familiar public venues.

  • Photo Credit: Ping Wang

Exhibition assistant Melinda Huttl has volunteered for many festivals and commented on why GI stands out from the others: “I believe it brings together works from very different backgrounds, and explores very current issues in today’s world. It creates a platform where new work can be seen.”

Huttl added: “ I think is also special for Glasgow itself. Although it’s a very international festival, there are still opportunities to see local artist’s studios and exhibitions.

“Some buildings like Kelvin Hall are not normally open to the public, so the festival provides an opportunity to go have a look at the buildings too as well as the work has exhibited on site.”

The GI 2018 programme includes talks, performances, exhibitions, and projects some of which will address the cyborg of artificial intelligence.

To see more information from http://glasgowinternational.org/

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