Glasgow International launches programme boasting 228 artists, including Claire Barclay and Aaron Angell

Industry and culture of creative imbue art festival with spirit of Glasgow at its heart

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Glasgow International launches programme boasting 228 artists, including Claire Barclay and Aaron Engel

Claire Barclay, Shifting Ground / Courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

The seventh edition of the Glasgow International biennial festival of contemporary art has announced its 2016 programme, featuring works by more than 228 artists from around the world.

Glasgow’s proud industrial heritage and its ever-growing status as a cultural centre act as a festival theme and a central focus in one programme highlight, as acts of production, manufacturing, artisanship, craft and industry – prevalent in the city’s art practice – capture not only the history of making in Glasgow, but also how spaces vacated by heavy industry have been transformed into sites for experimentation.

This major group exhibition at Tramway will see German-born, Malaysian-Chinese artist Lawrence Lek create a new site specific video project, which sees the QE2 return to Glasgow from Dubai and made into a monumental artwork.

Also contributing to this exhibition – co-designed by 2011 Turner Prize winner Martin Boyce in collaboration with GI Director Sarah McCrory – will be artists Sheila Hicks, Alexandra Bricken, Mika Rottenberg and Amie Siegel.

Opening on 8 April, 2016, some of the biggest names contributing with solo exhibitions include Glasgow-based Claire Barclay presenting at new venue Kelvin Hall; Canadian artist Tamara Henderson with a residence at Hospitalfield Arbroath (Sep 2015); new work of large paintings on unstretched canvas hung from Kelvin Hall ceiling by Australian Helen Johnson; while GoMA offers sculptures, textile paintings, sound works and performance by German artist Cosima von Bonin.

Those seeking a sense of wanderlust will be excited by the solo exhibition of photographic works by Christina McBride at the Reid Corridor Space at Glasgow School of Art, coinciding with the launch of Bound, her new book charting a journey through Patagonia with artist and Mexican writer Roberto Bravo.

New commissions include site-specific works by the likes of British artist Aaron Angell at Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum; 2005 Turner Prize winner Simon Starling at The Common Guild; and Venezuela’s Sol Calero with immersive installations at David Dale Gallery. Audiences will also be excited by the strong selection of artists whose practice include elements of performance and participation, such as the late Don Levy and Mega Hammer, the latter of which is a performance umbrella that brings together a mobile troupe of performance artists.

‘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,’ explains festival Director Sarah McCrory. ‘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.’

Glasgow International runs 8–25 April, 2016, at various venues around Glasgow.

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