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Glasgow International arts festival begins

Work by more than 150 local and international artists will be showcased in Glasgow over the next eighteen days as part of the biennial Glasgow International (GI) visual arts festival, which opens today.

GI, which started in 2005 and is now in its sixth edition, offers a platform to artists from Scotland and the wider world. This year’s festival boasts a programme of curated commissions and projects by its new Director, Sarah McCrory, as well as 52 exhibitions and 90 events across 50 venues.

The venues include a number of disused or overlooked spaces like the Govanhill Baths and the Savoy Shopping Centre, as well as more conventional locations like the Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

Artists from 24 countries are involved in the festival.

The internationally acclaimed Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri offers his first presentation in Scotland at The Common Guild, where he investigates the relationship between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ elements in the nature of sculpture.

At the Gallery of Modern Art, Aleksandra Domanovic presents her first institutional solo exhibition in the UK, exploring the marginalisation of women within popular science fiction.

Lucy Reynolds is presenting ‘A Feminist Chorus’, which traces the collective power of the women’s movement in Glasgow through spaces, writings and memories of the city in an exhibition at Glasgow Women’s Library.

In partnership with Homecoming Scotland 2014, the festival also reopens the renowned McLellan Galleries to house work by Jordan Wolfson, Avery Singer, Charlotte Prodger, and Hudinilson Jr.

The festival organisers are also collaborating with the BBC to present a visual arts documentary festival called Art Screen, the programme of which was launched last month.

McCrory, who is directing the festival for the first time, is said to bring a “new visual identity for Glasgow International in 2014”.

She comes to Glasgow International after three years as curator of Frieze Foundation, where she played an instrumental role in a project involving the production of six new public art projects situated throughout the Olympic host boroughs of East London as part of the London 2012 Festival.

McCrory has said this year’s festival will “continue to show the strength of the renowned and exceptional production from within Glasgow, as well as invite artists into the city to embed into its museums and alternative spaces, encouraging discourse around multifarious topics ranging from new technologies, to museum taxonomies, to the use of humour”.

You can find out more about the festival and its programme on its official website.

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