Further details of this year’s programme for Glasgow International have been announced.

Supported by our EventScotland team, the 2020 festival will comprise 54 exhibitions and 82 events, performances and talks at over 50 spaces across the city and showcasing work by 160 artists under the them of Attention, which asks us to how, where and in whom our attention is placed at a time of seemingly constant distraction. Scotland’s biennial festival of contemporary art further highlights Glasgow as one of the world’s most important and exciting centres for visual art.

Further details of the 2020 programme include the first UK showing of Georgina Starr’s large-scale installation Moment Memory Monument (2017), including performances at points throughout the festival; a new film by Alberta Whittle, co-commissioned with Glasgow Sculpture Studios as part of a joint Canal Programme for 2020 in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020; and the first presentation in Scotland of Gretchen Bender’s landmark work Total Recall (1987), which predicted the ‘image saturation’ of coming decades.

There is also a ‘festival within a festival’ at SWG3, co-commissioned with the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF), which will see performances from international artists including Paul Maheke, Lina Lapelytė and Nina Beier; public performances and film screenings by artists and collectives including Love Unlimited, Urara Tsuchiya andHamja Ahsan; and additional information on new works by Martine Syms, Duncan Campbell and Jenkin van Zyl.

This year will also see diverse new locations used as venues, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, a car garage, a primary school and a city-centre hotel room.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, VisitScotland, said: “Glasgow is one of the UK’s leading cities for contemporary art, with the Glasgow International festival significantly contributing to this reputation by providing the perfect stage for local and international artists. The release of further details of this year’s programme, including the new film by Alberta Whittle in the Canal Programme which celebrates Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, shows this reputation is well founded. 

“Events and festivals play a key role in our visitor economy and EventScotland is delighted to be continuing its support of Glasgow International in 2020.”

The festival takes place between April 24 and May 10. Visit https://glasgowinternational.org