New festival puts arts on screen in Glasgow

Glasgow composite Douglas Gordon (top left) with Jim Lambie, Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Richard Wright and Simon Starling are just some of the Glasgow-based contemporary artists who have turned the city into an artistic centre

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The BBC is launching a new arts documentary festival in Glasgow, it has announced.

Art Screen will showcase the "finest and most thought-provoking arts documentaries from across the globe" over four days in April.

The event, to be held at Glasgow Film Theatre and the Centre for Contemporary Arts, will take place as part of the Glasgow International Festival.

The diverse Art Screen programme will run from 10 to 13 April.

It will include documentaries on the visual arts, architecture, literature, music and photography, as well as a series of events, discussions and performances from some of the UK's leading cultural figures.

The full programme will be revealed on 19 March but organisers announced that two premieres would be screened at the GFT.

Our Glasgow looks at the city's evolution from industrial heartland to artistic centre and Facing Up to Mackintosh charts the ultimate architectural challenge, how to design a building to sit opposite Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art masterpiece.

Another strand of the festival is dedicated to showcasing rarely seen footage from the BBC archive.

Sarah McCrory, director of Glasgow International, said: "Art Screen will allow artists and their work to be seen from an alternative perspective, through the medium of the arts documentary, and will contribute to Glasgow's renown as a place of great creative endeavour."

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