Glasgow International Festival 2020

Carol Rhodes, River, Roads
Carol Rhodes, River, Roads

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Note: postponed due to public health situation. Visit Festival website for details of online programme.

24th April – 10th May

The ninth edition of the biennial festival Glasgow International will be the second under Richard Parry’s direction. The year’s outing comprises 54 exhibitions and 82 events, performances and talks at over 50 spaces across the city, showcasing work by 160 artists. The theme of the 2020 festival is Attention. Some highlights include the first UK showing of Georgina Starr’s large-scale installation Moment Memory Monument (2017), including performances at points throughout the festival, a new film by Alberta Whittle, co-commissioned with Glasgow Sculpture Studios as part of a joint Canal Programme for 2020 in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, and the first presentation in Scotland of Gretchen Bender’s landmark work Total Recall (1987), which predicted the ‘image saturation’ of coming decades.

There will be a ‘festival within a festival’ at SWG3, co-commissioned with the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF), which will see performances from international artists including Paul Maheke, Lina Lapelyt? and Nina Beier and there will be public performances and film screenings by artists and collectives including Love Unlimited, Urara Tsuchiya and Hamja Ahsan. Diverse locations across the city will be used as venues , newly including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, a car garage, a primary school and a city-centre hotel room, and renowned art historian and professor TJ Clark will give a public lecture in the lead up to the festival (5th March) on the theme of attention and attentiveness.

Image: Carol Rhodes, River, Roads: 24 Apr — 25 May 2020 at venue 23, Kelvingrove.


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