Glasgow International, Scotland’s biennial festival for contemporary art, has announced the details of its upcoming program, which will take place from April 24 to May 10, 2020. More than one hundred artists—including Kader Attia, Yuko Mohri, and Eva Rothschild—will participate in the approximately sixty exhibitions and other events that will be staged in various venues across the city.
“The theme for 2020 is ‘attention’ and this idea of how we pay attention to something or how we attend to ourselves and each other is something we’ve sought to consider both in our approach to curating the festival, and also how we have remodeled the Across the City open program, so that every selected freelance project is now funded,” festival director Richard Parry said.
The overhaul of Across the City, a series of projects staged by freelance practitioners and artist-run spaces in Glasgow, was made possible with backing from the Scottish government’s EXPO Fund. This year marks the first time the festival received funding from the initiative. With an almost $125,000 budget boost, all of the participants in this part of the program will be given between $1,800 and $6,200. In addition, a prize of $12,400 was awarded to an exhibition curated by the collective Chapter 13. Exhibitions at Transmission and the nonprofit Many Studios also received awards
For Glasgow International’s director’s program, festivalgoers will be able to see large-scale commissions and exhibitions by artists such as Duncan Campbell, Ana Mazzei, and Martine Syms; film commissions by Georgina Starr and Sarah Forrest; and performances by Iman Tajik. Other highlights include a survey exhibition of the work of painter Carol Rhodes, who died in December 2018, a new installation by Glasgow-based artist France-Lise McGurn, a presentation by the festival’s youngest participant Jenkin van Zyl, and the first European exhibition of Canadian artist Nep Sidhu.
The list of participating artists is as follows:
Bodys Isek Kingelez
Jenkin van Zyl
Across the City
Ana Beatriz Almeida
Adrien H. Howard
Kameelah Janan Rasheed
Pester and Rossi
susan pui san lok
Nastja Sade Ronkko