Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art Announce 2012 Programme
Glasgow's biennale, the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, have just announced the programme for their fifth outing, which will run from 20 Apr – 7 May 2012. This year there is a definite emphasis on innovative, event-based programming and audience engagement with projects such as an Art Lending Library in the Market Gallery and an immersive outdoor sculpture park in central Glasgow just two of the projects that will expand the scope of the exhibition outside the gallery walls. This year's Festival will showcase more than 130 artists local and international in nearly fifty of the city's permanent and temporary exhibition venues, spanning the length and breadth of the city. A series of new commissions will also bring in original work from other artistic disciplines, including dance, film, music, performance and theatre.
Drawing on the city's international reputation as a melting pot for the visual arts, acclaimed local artists exhibiting include Turner winner Richard Wright, current nominee Karla Black, Alex Frost and Rosalind Nashashibi. Wright and Black are each presenting solo shows, in Kelvingrove and the Gallery of Modern Art respectively, while Frost will be producing a new, permanent site-specific mural at Platform, Easterhouse, and Nashashibi will be revealing a new film work co-commissioned with Scottish Ballet, to be screened in the GI hub space.
Other highlights include a new sound-based installation by musician Aidan Moffat in collaboration with the band FOUND, and a new exhibition by Ruth Ewan in the Common Guild, examining the city's early 20th century Socialist Sunday School movement.
Another exciting strand is the Open Glasgow series, three artist-run projects drawn from from more than 80 submisssions and conceived specifically for the city during the Festival. This year's selection are Radiophrenia, a temporary radio station conceived by Mark Vernon and Duncan Campbell; a daily newspaper produced by Rebecca Wilcox and Rob Churm; and a series of free lunches at a private residence on Hill St, run by John Shankie and Andrew Miller.
The full line-up can be found here. Keep an eye on our site for further developments as the year progresses.