Glasgow – making an exhibition of itself

A couple of decades ago, it might have been unthinkable that Glasgow, a city once financially impoverished and culturally bereft, would find itself with a thriving arts scene and as Francis McKee, Curator of Glasgow International said, be "home to a disproportionate number of visual artists of international standing." Ali Howarth reports.
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A couple of decades ago, it might have been unthinkable that Glasgow, a city once financially impoverished and culturally bereft, would find itself with a thriving arts scene and as Francis McKee, Curator of Glasgow International said, be “home to a disproportionate number of visual artists of international standing.”

This month the city will host not just one, but two major international contemporary arts events. At first glance this might seem like a serious scheduling faux pas, but in fact it is very deliberate and the result of tireless campaigning by supporters such as Sir Timothy Clifford (director general of the Scottish National Galleries) and Art impresario Richard Demarco.

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Ali Taulbut
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Alison is a British-born freelance writer and is now living in Perth, Western Australia. She began her career as a teacher of Drama and English in London and has worked extensively with teenagers as a theatre director. She spent 10 years working in London's West End with writers of theatre, film and television as a Literary Agent.
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