press release

The Director of the 2010 and 2012 Festivals, Katrina Brown, has worked with over 20 organisations and artists groups in the city to create a specially commissioned programme inspired by the past, present and future. Showing the work of over 50 local and international artists, the Festival will also provide an opportunity for both reflection and future-gazing, coinciding as it does with the 20th anniversary of Glasgow’s reign as European Capital of Culture in 1990.

The Festival 2010 includes major new commissions and collaborations and Glasgow-based artists remain at the forefront with David Shrigley developing a specific, object-based installation for Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Kate Davis working in collaboration with Faith Wilding on a broad-ranging project at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA). Glasgow-born Susan Philipsz will realise her first outdoor sound work on home ground.

A number of significant international artists will also be at the heart of the Festival programme, including: David Maljkovic (Croatia) - one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Europe in recent years - with his first solo show in the UK; Gerard Byrne, who represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2007 and will produce a major new film work for exhibition at the Festival; and renowned Swiss artist, Christoph Büchel, who will take on the imposing large space at Tramway with a dramatic new commission.

The exhibitions, commissions and projects are complemented by a lively programme of talks, screenings, seminars, performances and other events throughout the city, including a unique stage show by the redoubtable Linder, presented by Sorcha Dallas Gallery. As in 2008, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art is a moment to experience the vibrancy, breadth and depth of the Glasgow scene, alongside some of the best in international art.

We will keep you updated with more news in the run up to the festival – feel free to pass this email to those who might be interested in visiting our temporary festival site to sign up for bulletins. We look forward to seeing you next year.

“Recently, I've been trying to sum up Glasgow's contemporary art scene and the aspiration of Glasgow International, its visual arts festival... It's local. It's international. It's low-key, stealthy, and intimate. It's a super flashy world famous brand. It's intellectual, stern and conceptual. It's a sensual party animal."

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