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Two of Glasgow’s greatest strengths – contemporary visual art and contemporary music – are the focus of two major festivals in the city in April 2006.

Two of Glasgow’s greatest strengths – contemporary visual art and contemporary music – are the focus of two major festivals in the city in April 2006.

The city’s contemporary art scene is recognised globally as one of the most exciting today, with Glasgow artists such as Simon Starling (2005 Turner prize-winner), Douglas Gordon (1996 Turner prize-winner), Jim Lambie (2005 Turner Prize runner-up) and David Shrigley achieving international acclaim.

In this environment, Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art was established in 2005 and returns from April 19 – May 1, 2006, exhibiting the work of more than 140 Scottish and international artists in a series of exhibitions, seminars, artists’ talks and events across 30 venues.

Artists featuring at this year’s festival include rock legend Patti Smith whose drawing and paintings – which reflect the lyrical characteristics of her poems and songs – will be on show at the Mitchell Library. Also exhibiting will be South African artist William Kentridge, Miami-based artist Mark Handforth and Glasgow’s own Karla Black whose sculptures will be on display at Mary Mary.

In an initiative designed to help visitors to the city sample what’s on offer, Spin: Glasgow will provide Glasgow International bus tours.
For full details of GI’s programme visit www.glasgowinternational.org

Glasgow also has a burgeoning contemporary music scene and the two often intertwine, with Glasgow contemporary artist, Jim Lambie, also noted for being in the cult band ’The Boy Hairdressers’ and David Shrigely responsible for the artwork for the collectable Triptych 06 programme.

Now in its sixth year, Triptych contemporary music festival will be on in Glasgow from April 26 – 30 presenting a line-up that organisers describe as their “most arresting yet”.

As well as welcoming some of the world’s best emerging artists to venues including the legendary Glasgow Barrowlands, highlights of this year’s festival include cult champions Belle & Sebastian, America’s Queen of Folk, Odetta, R&B marvel Bettye LaVette and electronic mastermind Richard D James – aka the Aphex Twin - who will play live in Scotland for the first time in ten years. www.triptychfestival.com

Writing about Glasgow’s music scene for www.seeglasgow.com Neil Mowat, the co-curator of Triptych, commented, “Wander into Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Mono, Stereo or King Tuts any night of the week to watch the beginning of something beautiful or the return of something great. You’ll be doing it alongside the bands, the promoters, designers and artists that are part of it.”

And this unique atmosphere makes seeing a band in Glasgow something you simply won’t want to miss.


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