Glasgow International announces programme for Festival of Visual Arts 2014

By Sarah Jackson | 08 October 2013

The programme for the sixth Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, which will take place in April 2014, has been announced.

Close up of a man's eyes surrounded by mosaic tile pieces.
Bedwyr Williams, The Starry Messenger (still) (2013),Wales in Venice, Venice Biennale 2013.Curated by MOSTYN and Oriel Davies, commissioned by Arts Council of Wales© Bedwyr Williams
The 18-day festival will showcase more than 80 of the best local and international artists as well as presenting exhibitions and events in more than 40 spaces across Glasgow.

With the Commonwealth Games also taking place in Glasgow in 2014, the city will be in the global spotlight as never before. Glasgow International is sure to be looking to use this attention to cement the city's reputation as an innovative and exciting home for the visual arts.

More than 90% of the work displayed will be new or previously unseen in the UK, representing a wide variety of disciplines and media from stand-up comedy to sculpture and live performances to painting.

Sarah McCrory, the new Director of the festival, says the campaign will encourage “discourse around multifarious topics" from "new technologies to museum taxonomies and the use of humour”.

Highlights include major new commissions from all corners of the globe as well as artists from closer to home. Serbian artist Aleksandra Domanovic (in her first major solo show), Glasgow-based German artist Michael Stumpf, Canadian Gareth Moore, Puerto Rican Beatriz Santiago Munoz, Palestinian Khaled Hourani and American Anne Collier all feature.

Glaswegian institutions will provide both a setting for work and the inspiration for them. Simon Martin will use the collections at Kelvingrove Museum as a launching pad for his new series of works, whilst Glasgow-based performance artist Sue Tompkins will seek inspiration from the literary and art historical movements at the Gallery of Modern Art.

Fresh from his successful representation of Wales at the 2013 Venice Biennial, Bedwyr Williams will take over Tramway’s main exhibition space along with Michael Smith, who will present his film installation (including new work as well as highlights from his influential 30-year career).

A Café Programme at the venue will coincide with these installations to showcase young and emerging artists’ work.

Homecoming Scotland 2014 is celebrating an exciting year for Scotland with projects taking place in unique venues across Glasgow to reveal the richness of the city’s built heritage.

Artists taking part range from those with established practices, such as Jordan Wolfson, to fellow American and emerging artist Avery Singer.

Glasgow-based and Jarman Award nominee Charlotte Prodger will follow her successful exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Art in the 2012 Festival with new work to be exhibited in Bridgeton in the east of the city.

More Pictures:

Blue canvas painted with the words Head Love in yellow and white.
Sue Tompkins, Head Love (2013),Acrylic on canvas.© Sue Tompkins
Sculpture of a metal hand standing upright on a plinth with a small bird perched on the index finger.
Aleksandra Domanović, Little Sister (2013), Laser sintered PA plastic, polyurethane, Soft-Touch & aluminium finish, acrylic glass.© Aleksandra Domanović
Black and white image of an abstract painting.
Avery Singer, Performance Artists (2013), acrylic on canvas.© Photo: Roman März. Courtesy: Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin
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