Art Screen: New Documentary Film Festival Coming to Glasgow

The BBC last week released details for Art Screen– a new festival celebrating art documentary films.

The event which will run during Glasgow International, the city’s biennial festival of contemporary art, will take place from 10 to 13 April and will use the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) and the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) as venues.

The four day event will include screenings of documentaries on art forms including visual arts, architecture, music and photography alongside accompanying events aimed to bring audiences and artists together.  The BBC’s Kirsty Wark and Tim Marlow will chair interviews and participate in panel discussions offering conversational sessions across the festival.

Speaking to The Wee G, Angus Anning, a member of the BBC team responsible for organising the festival said: “This is the first time we’re bringing an art documentary festival to the UK. BBC Scotland here in Glasgow already does a lot of work on arts and culture production.

“Glasgow is the most vibrant city in Scotland so it was the natural choice for Art Screen.

“It’s an amazing event and is a great opportunity for people to meet those involved in the industry and will provide a snapshot into their world.

“Visually, the event will be spectacular.”

Full listings of what will be on can found on the Art Screen’s website here.

An eclectic mix of of over 20 individual films ensures there is something to cater for everyone’s tastes. Here are some of The Wee G’s highlights:


10 April-18:30-GFT

All eyes are on Rio right now. The 2014 Football World Cup and the 2016 Olympics are both being held in the Brazilian city. In a world premiere BBC Imagine’s Julien Temple goes on a journey through the best and worst of this extraordinary city.

Photo: Alice Neel/Taken by Sam Brody

Alice Neel

12 April- 18:30- GFT

Thirty years after her death, Alice Neel remains one of the greatest portrait artists of the past century. In this exceptional documentary, Neel’s grandson charts the struggles of her life as a woman artist, as a single mother and as a painter who defied convention.


12 April- 21:00- GFT

A must for any Martin Scorsese fan. The legendary director of such movies as The Wolf of Wall Street, Goodfellas and Taxi Driver gives the audience an insight into his upbringing. Through conversations, interview, family archive and contemporary street scenes of 1970s New York, the environment and influences which have shaped the creative vision of Martin Scorsese are gradually and colourfully revealed.

Our Glasgow

12 April- 17:30- GFT

Exploring the evolution of the Scottish city from industrial heartland to artistic centre, Our Glasgow visits artists’ studios, contemporary galleries and the famous Rennie Mackintosh designed Glasgow School of Art, a masterpiece of the Arts and Crafts Movement.


13 April- 15:00- GFT

This film follows the life of Salma, a young Muslim girl from a South Indian village, who when 13 years old, was locked up for 25 years by her family. Finding solace in words during her captivity, Salma went on to become the most famous Tamil poet.

All events are ticketed but some are free of charge. Student discounts are available. Tickets will be released at 10am on Friday 28 March and can be purchased via the venue box office.

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