The Glasgow Open House Art Festival begins today and invites the public in for a homely host of exhibitions and events throughout April in unlikely locations. People will gather in gardens, shuffle into sheds and will be warmly welcomed into the homes of exhibiting artists, as the city opens its heart and homes in the name of art.
Tonight, the festival begins with a feast, as attendees are invited to Bring a Dish to Garnethill Multicultural Centre from 6pm until 9pm. In the style of a family feast, this party opens the festival as it means to go on, with a sense of community, as guests get together to share drinks and dishes as they would in their very own homes.
If you fancy a free portrait of yourself, James Sayer will be drawing willing subjects at Mono on the 12th, 13th, 17th and 18th, before displaying the drawings throughout the festival. Those drawn can collect their pictures at the end of the exhibition, on the 18th, to be put pride of place in their very own homes, above the mantelpiece, or fixed to the fridge as pretty pictures often are.
On the 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th, 689, named after the address of the exhibition, opens its doors and explores intimacy and female subjectivity in pop culture. This intriguing exhibition will take place in a domestic environment, which will blur the lines between the public and private worlds of the artists involved.
On the 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th, Lois Green opens her home and invites us in to experience her exhibition, Meet Yourself on a Sunday. Focused on the laziness and quiet calm of Sundays and inspired by the book of the same name, this unique exhibition welcomes visitors in to experience the familiar feeling and serenity of Sundays.
You can read the full programme of events on the festival’s website and I, for one, look forward to being welcomed into the homes of artists and unconventional venues, to immerse myself in the art and experience as Glasgow opens its homes and hearts.