Glasgow International finally made a return to the Scottish city in June 2021, with a broad and bold programme covering the spectrum of contemporary culture.
The huge biennial festival was originally due to take place in April and May 2020, and like many arts and culture events, postponed due to the pandemic.
The festival’s 2021 return was adapted to our times, with a dual in-person and online programme celebrating contemporary visual art. Work by over 100 artists was showcased in 70 exhibitions, events, performances and talks, spread around 30 spaces in the city, as well as being available online. The theme for 2021 was ‘Attention’ – encouraging people to pause and reflect upon how we observe the world, and the place of art in it – a fitting premise for the year.
Alongside the campaign, we also hosted part of the festival’s programme with a display of Sam Durant’s work with The Common Guild – Iconoclasm featured drawings of destruction being inflicted upon monuments and public statues. As part of the festival, the poignant series was brought to urban spaces like those that inspired it, putting art in the heart of the city.