McLaughlin & Harvey is a proud sponsor of Glasgow International 2016 at Kelvin Hall.
Glasgow International is a world-renowned biennial festival of contemporary art. The festival showcases the best of local and international art for wide-ranging audiences. The forthcoming seventh edition will happen in the city from 8th – 25th April 2016.
The festival will continue to showcase Glasgow as a unique major centre for the production and display of contemporary visual art. Taking place in various venues and locations across the city, including Glasgow’s major art spaces and cultural institutions, the festival will be comprised of an ambitious programme which includes exhibitions, events, talks, performances and projects by international and Glasgow-based artists.
Glasgow based artist Claire Barclay will create a new commission in response to Kelvin Hall which, dating back to 1927, is currently undergoing renovation.
Kelvin Hall has a complex history that reflects the changing needs and attitudes of the people of Glasgow through the exhibitions and entertainment it has hosted.
Barclay’s work draws upon aspects of the building’s past to create a large-scale installation within one of the near-derelict spaces before it is once again transformed as part of a major refurbishment. By responding to archival material relating to the 1951 Exhibition of Industrial Power, Barclay explores past and present attitudes to our industrial heritage and its influence on culture.
The work suggests a disconnect between the glorification of industrial achievements and the raw, brutal nature of production. The sculptural forms reflect the artist’s ongoing interest in exploring how meanings are encapsulated within materials, in this case coal and steel that were given prominent status in the 1951 exhibition.
Also in Kelvin Hall, a solo exhibition by Australian artist Helen Johnson will be presented in collaboration with Mary Mary. Johnson’s work poses questions about the way history is formed and its reliability today. The exhibition will consist of a series of largescale paintings on un-stretched canvas that, suspended from the ceiling in the foyer of Kelvin Hall, will variously frame and obscure one another.