Glasgow International comes to Subway!

Glasgow Subway has partnered with two local artists as part of Glasgow International (GI) – Scotland’s largest festival for contemporary art – to bring the concept, LOOP, to the Glasgow Subway network. Inspired by the Subway network, artists, Beth Shapeero and Alys Owen use prints, drawings, large scale installations and live pieces which examine the nature of travel and daily routines, exploring overlooked absurdities of everyday life.

From Monday 16th April, you can expect to see LOOP throughout the Subway system in a variety of forms. Key works will be installed in our St. Enoch, Buchanan Street and Ibrox stations with live performance art at Buchanan Street and St. George’s Cross stations. In an interactive “artwork giveaway”, golden tickets will be dispensed randomly to Subway customers when purchasing tickets or topping up their Smartcard, entitling them to receive a free original artwork or limited edition print. Working with young people from Glasgow Sculpture Studios and North United Communities, Beth and Alys created their installation at Buchanan Street station which can also be viewed as a moving image piece here.

GI will run for a duration of 3 weeks from Friday 20th April – Monday 7th May with 268 artists, 90 exhibitions and over 80+ venues of which over half are accessible via the Subway network. Glasgow’s art scene has been described as “the most developed arts scene outside London” by the Guardian newspaper and by the looks of the lineup GI has this year, this is most definitely true!

Below we’ve handpicked a few of the venues we think should definitely be on your list when visiting Glasgow International this year:

Bridge Street

Lauriestion Arches

Laurieston Arena

Buchanan Street


The Old Hairdressers

Glasgow Subway


Centre for Contemporary Arts

Glasgow School of Art


Botanic Gardens

The Common Guild


Kelvingrove Art Galleries

Kelvin Hall

Hunterian Art Gallery


The Pierce Institute

Chapter Thirteen

Fairfield Heritage


Film City

Govan Project Space

TS Queen Mary Archives

West Street

Scotland Street School

St Enoch

South Portland Street Suspension Bridge

Koppe Astner


To see a full list of venues and exhibitions, visit Glasgow International.