Glasgow Open House Arts Festival returns later this year

Glasgow Open House Arts Festival
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A community-based arts festival without boundaries returns later in the year.

Glasgow Open House Arts Festival 2021 hopes to bring “desperately needed opportunities for joy and togetherness”.

The festival take places on September 24-27 across Glasgow and artists and creative people in the city are being invited to get involved.

The kind of thing organisers want to see are eye-catching window displays in flats and houses and collaborative park sculptures.

Other ideas could be a drive-in-cinema, wall murals, postal zines, painted shop-shutters, and online performances.

Doorstep performances or art taking over advertising spaces are other ways groups could take part.

‘Register of Interest’ applications opening online at the beginning of March. A crowdfunder campaign will launch March 22.

The arts group says: “Artists and creative members of the public from all walks of life will be invited to reflect on their experience of the ongoing pandemic, using alternative, domestic and public spaces to exhibit their art. 

“By ‘removing’ art from conventional spaces and embedding it within the very fabric of the city the festival hopes to bring together and support the community to engage with the arts both as artists and audience, where they feel most comfortable.

Glasgow Open House Arts Festival returns

“Creative communities have been hit hard by restrictions and financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis and the festival organisers want to create space to explore the lived experiences of artists and the wider community during this difficult time. 

“The festival will prioritise the bringing together of artists and arts organisations working within diverse communities, recognising and advocating for the essential role the arts play in nourishing our daily lives.”

‘Artists and creative members of the public from all walks of life will be invited to reflect on their experience of the ongoing pandemic, using alternative, domestic and public spaces to exhibit their art’

Glasgow Open House Arts Festival

Participants are encouraged to “think creatively about how to use the limited spaces available to them” to create a safe socially distanced programme, free and accessible to all. 

Moreover, participants, artists and organisations will be encouraged to “help us envision an improved and more inclusive future for the ecology of the ‘art world’”, says the group.


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