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previous programmes

History of the festival

Glasgow Open House Arts Festival was founded in 2013 by Glasgow School of Art graduates frustrated with the lack of opportunities available to them after graduating.


The founding directors aspired to improve the 'accessibility' of the art world as they found it then in three main ways: offering opportunities for artists from diverse backgrounds at any stage of their career, expanding community engagement with art, and providing meaningful ‘spaces’ to engage with art and ideas. They hoped that by offering an alternative format for public interaction with art outside of the gallery/museum, they would generate discussion around the way art is exhibited and consumed.

The festivals’ 3 previous programmes of visual arts, performance and music included ambitious and exciting works in every corner of the city. Exhibitions and events were held in flats, gardens, sheds and other unexpected locations, reflecting the work of individual artists, collaborative groups and organisations. The most recent 2017 programme boasted 69 different venues featuring the work of over 200 artists.

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GOHAF 2014: Get Your Portrait Done Here!
GOHAF 2015: Yard
GOHAF 2015: Bleachfield, Botanic Gardens
GOHAF 2015: The Laurieston Pub
GOHAF Opening Ceremony 2017
GOHAF 2017: Jelly Room
GOHAF 2017: Baba Bog - Mega Hammer
GOHAF 2017: Camphill Gate Open House
GOHAF 2017: Camphill Gate Open House
GOHAF 2017: Roots

We are building a vast and exciting archive of previous festival documentation and experiences. Over the next few months, we will be releasing and revisiting events and exhibitions from the 2014, 2015 and 2017 festivals here and on social media, we can't wait to share them with you!

Calling all Glasgow Open House Arts Festival artists and festival-goers!

Have you got a story you'd like to share from our 2014, 2015 or 2017 festivals? We would love to include your stories, images, videos, anecdotes and experiences of the festival in our archive!