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Skypark Donates Pop Up Gallery Space to Glasgow International 2016

GI 2016

Skypark, Scotland's biggest business park is set to transform into a pop up gallery taking Glasgow International 2016 for the first time into the office community as the event showcases the City as a major centre for the display of contemporary visual art. The event will see a street level office transform into a shop front display while 12 new print commissions will be available to buy online.

A collaboration of Glasgow-based and International artists with Sam Venables, Elizabeth Murphy and Charlotte Cousins will feature the collections across three Skypark gallery spaces.

Sam Venables whose curated project IT'S FRIDAY will transform a street level office into a shop front display. The project is backed by an A-N new collaborations bursary plus Glasgow International 2016. Funding enabled Sam to research the project by visiting numerous artist led galleries across the UK, laying the foundation for the Glasgow International project.

Sam says: "For GI 2016 IT'S FRIDAY will launch at Skypark, Glasgow. The project will transform a set of street facing windows showing artists' work in the style of department store windows, designed to attract attention from passers-by."

The collaborative team behind Deuce Deuce, Elizabeth Murphy and Amy Jones will sell online new print commissions, in the form of bedding settings and unisex capes, by12 international artists as well as exhibiting video, sculpture, photography and painting.

Creating products that defy stereotypical gender tastes, Deuce Deuce works with a unisex approach creating art objects to integrate into every lifestyle. Elizabeth Murphy says, "The exhibition questions notions of ownership, display and decoration and explores the cross over between contemporary art, apparel and the integration of sub culture into the mainstream."

Glasgow International 2016 and Home-Platform have commissioned "On the Edge of a Continent", by emerging artists Will Kendrick, Sulaiman Majali and Lewk Wilmshurst.

The exhibition features works and ideas that will focus upon the potential of a new-age society. Charlotte Cousins, Home-Platform's curator explains what the exhibition sets out to achieve, "It's a chance for new artists to explore, interpret and apply their ideas to new spaces beyond a traditional gallery".

Alasdair Roy of Bilfinger GVA, Skypark's Estates manager comments: "As major supporters of the arts scene, we are thrilled to donate gallery space to Glasgow International 2016. The artists will create three pop-up galleries within our offices so as art will reach people in the community where they work and live."

Now in its 7th year, Glasgow International will take place across the City from 8th to 25th April comprising exhibitions, events, projects and talks. The GI at Skypark is free and open to the public. Opening times vary. Please see the website for full details.

Home-Platform's open evening will take place on 9th April. For more information visit their Facebook page here.

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