Comic Con festival returns in July with a great line-up of writers, artists and publishers. The festival has grown larger every year, defying all stereotypes and showcasing a diverse range of emerging comic writers across Scotland. This time Comic Con is spread over CCA and the Royal Concert Hall ensuring a daily traffic of strange and colourful superheroes up and down Sauchiehall Street.
Back in the galleries of CCA, the ‘Borrowed Time’ exhibition with Karen Kramer and Alice May Williams continues into July. Then we have a new solo show, Television, by Kathryn Elkin which includes three new works – you shouldn’t miss this!
There’s also a very strong line-up of artists in Intermedia Gallery on the second floor and in our Creative Lab residencies including Aaron McCarthy, Michael Kent, Amy Pickles & Sally Hackett, Sora Park, Enoch Cheng and Carrie Skinner.
While public engagement projects such as Cooking Pot also continue over the summer, another new strand of talks and projects will be introduced under the title Intentions into Action: First Stop. Events by Michael Rakowitz and Basurama will kick this off, leading gradually to an exhibition in spring 2017. Likewise a new series of talks and screening on the subject of cities this summer will preface a major exhibition on the subject next year.
Musically (and spiritually) two musical events stand out. The Gyuto Monks of Tibet come to our building, directly from their performance at Glastonbury Festival. It’s hard not to sense echoes of Sri Chinmoy’s influence on the Third Eye Centre here in the 1970s. There is at least a monastic reference in the other musical highlight of the summer at CCA: The Anchoress, one of the most interesting contemporary song writers around, will showcase songs from her new album, Confessions of a Romance Novelist.
Several great screenings by Digital Desperados are also spread through the season’s programme and a GLITCH party follows a Cheryl Dunne film on August 27. Other intriguing and exciting events to watch out for include the launch of Matchbox Cineclub, devoted to cult cinema, and a symposium to help established Radical Renewable Art + Activism Fund. And did I mention Christeene, presented by Buzzcut? I should have!
As the growing Comic Con event suggests, CCA is well known for its participation in some of the city’s most lively festivals (in the spring we host Glasgow Film Festival, Celtic Connections and Glasgow Short Film Festival). Towards the end of this summer we enter one of our busiest periods in the year, hosting Take One Action; SQIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival); the 10th anniversary of the Americana Festival; Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival and Document International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Take One Action regularly showcases issues of global concern through a well-informed programme of films, events and workshops. Likewise Document foregrounds human rights and activism across the world, while the Mental Health Festival concentrates on social justice. SQIFF, another increasingly successful festival, aims to present queer films that might otherwise be difficult to see and, just as importantly, to encourage others to make more such films in Scotland. The Americana festival builds on the regular Fallen Angels events that are programmed throughout the year and in 2016, befitting the 10th anniversary, there are legendary guests such as Chip Taylor, composer of the song ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Angel in the Morning’.
With all that activity it’s worth mentioning Saramago - the very relaxing and inviting café with some the best coffee you can find in the city. Sit, relax and enjoy the free Wi-Fi!