Glasgow Openhouse Art Festival

  • City of Glasgow Glasgow

Glasgow Open House is an artist-led, not-for-profit organisation that was founded by Glasgow School of Art alumna Amalie Silvani-Jones in 2013. It was formed in order to meet the practical needs of the city’s grassroots art community and takes its lead from Glasgow’s already prevalent ‘Do-It-Yourself’ culture in relation to visual art and music.

Glasgow Open House Art Festival first took place in April 2014. It is clear from its initial success — over 80 artists participated at venues spread across the city — that there is a real need for an event such as this to showcase Glasgow's hidden wealth of creative activity.

The festival provides a platform for artists both emerging and established, opening up their practices — and in many instances, their homes — to new audiences. By removing art from conventional spaces and embedding it within the very fabric of the city — its tenements, disused buildings, wastelands, and other unsung spaces — Glasgow Open House Art Festival transforms the landscape of Glasgow, thereby offering a new perspective of the city to its inhabitants.

The second edition of Glasgow Open House Art Festival (GOH'15) will be an even bigger, louder and more colourful celebration of contemporary art and culture in the city. The programme boasts a staggering diversity of exhibitions and events, featuring work by over 200 artists who have gone all out to reimagine how art can be encountered and consumed. A unique feature of this year's festival will be an emphasis on Art Walks. As well as walks developed by GOH'15 artists, there will be a series of specially curated walks created by Glasgow Open House that will offer a truly immersive experience of the festival. This year, specially commissioned flags made in partnership with Project Ability and COLOUR HOTEL will adorn railings, walls and tenement windows to ensure no element of the festival will go unnoticed. 

Free GOH'15 programmes and maps will be available to collect at various pick-up points throughout April. Keep up to date with all festival developments on ourblogFacebook and Twitter.

Want to plan your GOH'15 journey before the 2nd May? No problem, download our programme and map at:

Venues are numbered so that you can easily plot your route. Visit local events and exhibitions, or make a weekend of it and move from the West End, to Southside, to Central Glasgow over the three days with our Art Walks:

Maps and Programmes will soon be available to collect at designated pick-up points across the city.

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