Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow International arts festival gets under way

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Image caption The biennial Glasgow International festival of visual art runs until 4 April 2014

Glasgow International - the biennial festival of visual art - has begun its 18-day run at venues across the city.

Until 21 April, 50 exhibitions and 90 events will feature the work of more than 150 artists from 24 countries.

Artworks jumping out of their frames and a body artist who paints art onto fingernails are among the offerings.

The venues range from conventional spaces like Kelvingrove Art Gallery to more unusual locations like the Savoy Shopping Centre and Govanhill Baths.

Glasgow has a thriving contemporary art scene of its own, but the point of Glasgow International (GI) is to offer a platform to artists from other countries as well as those who already live and work here.

Solo show

The biennial festival has expanded dramatically since it first began six years ago and this year's event has attracted artists from as far afield as Canada, Puerto Rico, Palestine and Brazil.

This year's 18-day programme includes the first major solo show in an institution for Serbian artist Aleksandra Domanovic (in the Gallery of Modern Art - Goma).

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Image caption The work of Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams will be shown at the Tramway
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Image caption The work of Los Angeles-based artist Jordan Wolfson will be shown at the McLellan Galleries
Image copyright Aleksandra Domanovic
Image caption The work of Serbian artist Aleksandra Domanovic will be shown at Goma

British artist Simon Martin has produced a series of works responding to the collection in Kelvingrove Museum.

Glasgow-based artist Sue Tompkins has created an exhibition and performance in Goma inspired by concrete poetry and typewriter art.

Body artist Alistair Frost will showcase new paintings alongside a functioning nail bar where he will paint his work onto visitors' nails.

Meanwhile, the studio warehouse SWG3 is hosting a group exhibition that features artworks which jump out of their frames.

Most of what is on display is new, or has not shown previously in the UK.

This year's GI is the first festival under new director Sarah McCrory, who previously curated events at the Frieze Art Fair, including a number for the cultural side of the Olympics.

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