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Iconic artist Yoko Ono brings DREAM artwork to Glasgow for the SWG3 x Jim Lambie Billboard Project

Iconic artist Yoko Ono brings DREAM artwork to Glasgow for the SWG3 x Jim Lambie Billboard Project  

The artist’s famous piece has been installed at the arts venue as Glasgow International 2024 will soon get underway

Photo Credit Micheal Hunter

SWG3 is delighted to announce that iconic artist and singer Yoko Ono‘s striking work, DREAM, has been installed at the venue as part of The Billboard Project series.

The piece has been unveiled to coincide with the start of the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art, which takes place from June 7 to 23 2024. Remaining in place until the end of the year, the installation will provide art lovers across the city and beyond with a unique opportunity to see the legendary artist’s work on a large scale.

Curated by artist Jim Lambie and SWG3, The Billboard Project project takes the 12-metre-wide billboard that was installed on the Galvanizers’ corrugated steel gable end during The New York Times Climate Hub in November 2021, and transforms it into a blank canvas to showcase cutting-edge contemporary art. Forming part of a treasure trail of creative installations and artworks scattered across the SWG3 complex, previous contributors have included David Keenan with “Magic Is Real”.

As Scotland’s biennial festival of contemporary art, every two years, Glasgow International  presents a programme of national and international artists, amplifying the city’s identity as a vibrant and distinctive centre for artistic production. SWG3 will also host a special event SWG3 X Glasgow International Party on Friday, June 7, where guests will enjoy live music and a special preview of the programme. The evening will begin with drinks on the Warehouse Terrace for the opening of the exhibition Martin Beck: Last Night, which will be hosted at SWG3 until Sunday, June 23 2024. Artist Martin Beck’s 13 hour video documents every record played by musical host David Mancuso 40 years ago, on June 2, 1984, at one of the last parties at the 99 Prince Street location of seminal New York dance party known as The Loft. Both full length and condensed screenings will take place across June.

Joining the musical lineup for the evening, Louise X will open for Mozart Estate, who will perform live in the Galvanizers space. In the TV Studio, emerging Glasgow trio Brenda will bring an energetic set of pop punk, followed by musical collective Pleasure Pool, and legendary DJ duo J.D. Twitch and J.G. Wilkes aka Optimo, who will keep the party going until 3am.  

Photo Credit Micheal Hunter

In addition to the exhibition Martin Beck: Last Night, SWG3 will host a performance by  Lawrence Abu Hamdan on the festival’s opening night, 6 June. Air Pressure (2021) will be performed for the first time in the UK at SWG3. Abu Hamdan’s performance is part of Live Audio Essays, organised and curated by The Common Guild, a series of three performances by Abu Hamdan presented in different music venues around Glasgow during Glasgow International. In addition, on Saturday 8 June, art collective Stasis will perform Best of #9, especially commissioned by SWG3 – please see ‘notes to editors’ for more information.  

Tickets for the SWG3 X Glasgow International Party are £15 + booking fee and on sale. Visit

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Glasgow International programme at SWG3:

SWG3 x Glasgow International Party

Friday 7 June

Galvanizers + TV Studio

Presented by SWG3

Tickets: £15.00 + booking fee, on sale here.

Club night celebrating the opening weekend of Glasgow International. Curated by Optimo, with live music from, Mozart Estate, Brenda and Pleasure Pool and DJ sets from Optimo and Louise X. Martin Beck’s video work Last Night will be open for people to view in the Warehouse until 11.30pm. 

Martin Beck: Last Night


6 – 23 June, various times*

Presented by SWG3 with 47 Canal, New York

No ticket required

*Full length screenings: Thu 6 – Sun 9 June, 10am-11.30pm

Extract of film: Fri 14, Sat 15 and Sun 16 June, 10am-6pm, Fri 21 and Sun 23 June, 10am-6pm

2nd June 2024 marks the 40th anniversary of the penultimate party hosted by David Mancuso at his loft space at 99 Prince Street in New York. Martin Beck’s 13-hour video work, Last Night, 2016, is based on the 119 songs played by Mancuso on that night. 

The exhibition at SWG3 happens just a week after Last Night will be presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA) in a special celebration on the anniversary of the original recording.

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Yoko Ono: DREAM

Galvanizers (exterior)

Thu 6 June – Sunday 8 December 

No ticket required

SWG3 is thrilled that iconic artist Yoko Ono will be the next in a series of artists to display their work as part of The Billboard Project, a project by Jim Lambie and SWG3. Ono’s famous and striking work, DREAM, will be on display on the side of SWG3’s Galvanizers from the start of Glasgow International until the end of the year. 

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Live Audio Essays


Thu 6 June, 8pm – 9pm (7pm doors)

Presented by The Common Guild
Tickets available from Wed 8 May – see Common Guild website

‘Audio investigator’ Lawrence Abu Hamdan presents the first in a series of three live performances, to be delivered at three music venues across the G.I. Festival, at SWG3 on the festival’s opening night. Delivered in the form of a monologue or live essay, and featuring live percussion, filmed footage and sound design, Hamdan’s work weaves together urgent political narratives that pivot around acoustic experience and sonic memory.

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Stasis: Best of #9


Sat 8 June, 3pm – 4pm

Presented by SWG3

Free to attend but guest list place required – RSVPS to

A live outdoor performance in the SWG3 garden, blending dance, performance, theatre and live art, and soundtracked by Scandinavian electro, 1980s house music, faux historical classical music and an original composition by Ailie Ormston.  

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