Glasgow International has announced details for its seventh edition, which will launch on 8 April 2016. This year’s Director’s programme will look at the industrial heritage of Glasgow, and the city’s status as a cultural centre today. Acts of production, manufacture, artisanship, craft and industry prevalent in artist’s practices will highlight the history of making in Glasgow and how empty spaces, freed up by the demise of heavy industry, have been used as sites for experimentation.
The seventh edition is directed by Sarah McCrory, the visual arts festival will showcase new works, site-specific commissions, solo and group exhibitions, and events at over 57 spaces across the city. The programme will include solo exhibition by Claire Barclay, Tamara Henderson, Helen Johnson, Cosima von Bonin, Derrick Alexis Coard, and Monika Sosnowska, as well as new commissions by British artist Aaron Angell, Turner Prize Winner Simon Starling, and Venezuelan artist Sol Calero.
There will be a large group exhibition at Tramway exploring Glasgow’s status as a post-industrial city and a hub for contemporary art, through the work of artists including Lawrence Lek, Sheila Hicks, Alexandra Bircken, Mika Rottenberg, and Amie Siegel. Meanwhile, Glasgow Sculpture Studios will stage a two-person exhibition by New York-based artist Alisa Baremboym and Canadian artist Liz Magor, which will be the first institutional exhibition of both artists in the UK. In all, Glasgow international will present over 200 artists included in 36 solo and 40 group shows in numerous venues across the city.
Sarah McCrory stated: “The next edition of the festival has been programmed to incorporate a careful balance of artists to form a discussion around making, the post-industrial complex and the city, the importance of the wealth of artistic talent in Glasgow both emerging and established is well represented, alongside exceptional international artists, as part of a timely and important discourse.”