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Glittering programme for Glasgow Visual Art festival

15 November 11 08:18
"Triumph" by Aleksandra Mir

An art work consisting of 2,529 discarded sports trophies will feature at a major art exhibition in Glasgow next year.

Another exhibit at the 2012 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art is made from debris collected after the London riots.

A total of 130 artists - including Turner Prize winner Richard Wright and nominee Karla Black - will be on show.

The 18-day festival, which takes place across 50 venues, begins on 20 April.

More than 90% of the works announced in the programme are new or previously unseen in the UK.

Festival director Katrina Brown said: "GI shines a light on Glasgow's visual art scene at its liveliest and best.

"Its artists, galleries, museums and indeed the whole city and its specific architecture, which serves as a backdrop and a key part of the GI experience."

2011 Turner Prize nominee Karla Black will have her largest show in Scotland to date when she exhibits a series of new sculptures at the Gallery of Modern Art.

Richard Wright - who won the Turner Prize in 2009 with a giant symmetrical design painted in gold leaf - will unveil his first exhibition of works on paper at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

"Triumph" by Polish-born Aleksandra Mir will be seen in the UK for the first time.

She assembled her collection of sports trophies by placing an advert in a local newspaper while living in Sicily.

The installation will explore themes of personal triumph and the inevitably of being replaced by younger talent.

Scottish artist Ruth Ewan will be investigating the Socialist Sunday School movement, prevalent in Glasgow in the first half of the 20th century.

Other projects prepared specifically for the Glasgow International (GI) festival include a temporary radio station, Radiophrenia, and a temporary daily newspaper.

The event is funded by various organisations, including Glasgow City Council, Creative Scotland, EventScotland and Scottish Enterprise.

Council leader Gordon Matheson said the biennial festival reflected the city's "reputation as a centre of excellence for cutting-edge contemporary art".

He added: "The festival highlights Glasgow's unique flair and outstanding style credentials, while also generating significant economic benefit for the city."

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