In Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we celebrate a historic moment: Edinburgh’s 70th anniversary as a Festival City. The Edinburgh Art Festival, the youngest of Edinburgh’s 11 major festivals, are a proud grand-child of the unique festival culture which has flourished in Scotland’s capital over the past seven decades.
The 14th edition of the Edinburgh Art Festival invites you to immerse yourself in the very best visual art from across the world. Their Partner Exhibitions Programme includes over 45 exhibitions curated by Edinburgh’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, featuring major historic surveys alongside leading Scottish, UK and international contemporary artists.
Each year the Edinburgh Art Festival invites proposals from artists and curators to participate in the festival platform, and this year’s Pop Up Exhibitions and Events features 16 projects selected from across Scotland.
Their Commissions Programme supports artists to develop ambitious new projects outside the formal gallery context. This year artists Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich, Toby Paterson, Shannon Te Ao and Bobby Niven, along with an accompanying series of Garden Residencies (with artists Neil Bickerton, Alsion Scott, Daisy Lafrage and Deirdre Nelson), explore the extraordinary legacy of Sir Patrick Geddes, opening up some of the more hidden parts of Edinburgh’s heritage.
A rich programme of accompanying events brings you artist talks, special tours, weekly Art Lates and a range of free activities designed for families and young children.
Zoë Walker and Neil Bromwich, Love Cannon, 2005. Photo by Colin Gray.