Exhibition : Speaking Volumes / GI Festival 2016

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Glasgow Women’s Library and My Bookcase collaborated to bring the world-renowned biennial festival of contemporary art Glasgow International the Speaking Volumes exhibition and series of talks.

During the 2016 edition of the Festival (8-25 April), My Bookcase and Glasgow Women’s Library teamed up to create a space where reflection on the influential role of women in art was activated through the object of the book.

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Participant creatives at this year’s festival were invited to contribute their lists of recommended texts. Texts by women that have played an important role in their life of practice. All recommended texts were compiled in a bibliography, mirror of GI2016 influences. Thanks to the generous donations of publishers and individuals, books have been sourced and gathered as Speaking Volumes book collection.

Speaking Volumes was on display at the library main reading room. For it, artist and My Bookcase founder, Cristina Garriga created a series of bespoken reading rooms influenced by a book found at GWL Archives. After the festival, books were made accessible at the library catalogue as GI legacy.

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Speaking Volumes books was activated through a series of important conversations between international and Glasgow-based creatives. Conversations revolved around the often eclipsed but influential and multifaceted role of women on art and creativity.


Speaking Volumes Programme:
Thurs 14 April, Speaking Volumes#1:
Writer Maria Fusco and artist Sarah Tripp in Conversation

Sun 17 April, Speaking Volumes#2:
Artists Kristina Bengtsson and Alberta Whittle in Conversation

Thurs 21 April, Speaking Volumes #3:
Commonplacing event

Sun 24 April, Speaking Volumes#4:
Artist Tessa Lynch in conversation with curator Jenny Richards and writer Rhona Warwick



Images of Speaking Volumes events by Mel Bestel.

Supported by Glasgow International and Dinesen company.