The exciting programme for Edinburgh Art Festival, which will run from 1 August to 1 September 2013, has been announced. Founded in 2004, the festival is Scotland's largest annual celebration of visual art, bringing together exhibitions from the capital's leading museums and galleries alongiside major public art commissions and an innovative programme of special events. The 2013 festival will feature:

Major solo exhibitions by leading contemporary artists including Gabriel Orozco, Gregor Schneider and Lawrence Weiner and 2 major exhibitions celebrating the artistic collaborations of Jeremy Deller and Franz West.

A thematic programme of new publicly sited commissions across the city, featuring Christine Borland with Brody Condon; Peter Liversidge; Robert Montgomery; Sarah Kenchington and Katri Walker.

In-depth art historical surveys including an extensive presentation from the international Condé Nast photographic archives, a major examination of Man Ray’s portraits dating from 1916 to 1968 and fresh looks at the mythology of ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ and of ‘Witches and Wicked Bodies’, as told by artists from Francisco de Goya to Kiki Smith.

The best mid and early career artists including new work by Rachel Maclean, Ilana Halperin and Ângela Ferreira, and shows in some of Edinburgh’s most interesting visual art venues supporting emerging practice, including Rhubaba, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, GARAGE, The Old Ambulance Depot and an off-site project by Collective. 

Sorcha Carey, Director, Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) today announced details of EAF’s 10th edition this August showcasing the best visual art at the heart of the world’s festival city. One of Europe’s most important annual visual art festivals, the 2013 programme will bring together more than 45 of the best UK and international contemporary art and blockbuster art historical exhibitions across 30 of the city’s museums and galleries, artist-run and pop-up spaces. The Festival will feature a roster of world-class visual artists at all stages of their careers, from Turner Prize winners and nominees to the best early career artists.

2013 will see EAF’s most ambitious programme of new commissions to date – with a series of new publicly sited artworks based around the theme of ‘Parley’. ‘Parley’ invites artists and audiences to consider art as an agent of discussion, debate and social change and will be animated throughout the festival month by a programme of talks, lectures and screenings.

EAF’s annual commissions programme is at the heart of the festival and brings new public artwork by world-class artists to the city. Marking its 10th anniversary in 2013, EAF will present an innovative programme of new works for the public realm, supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and commissioned around the theme of ‘Parley’, exploring the capacity of art to generate dialogue, and to create a space for debate and disagreement.

Several of the commissions in 2013 depend directly on conversation and collaboration for their creation, whether between artists themselves or between an artist and the public. In August 2004, just as EAF launched, staff began to move into Scotland’s new parliament building and the architects were clear that they sought to create “not a building in a park or garden but a form for gathering people”. This offers a resonant counterpoint for Parley, which, like the parliament building, celebrates art which offers a form of gathering; a site for debate, discussion and exploration.

For Parley, 1997 Turner Prize nominee Christine Borland is developing a major new collaborative project with New York based artist Brody Condon, whose performative works have been staged at leading venues across the US including MOMA, PS1, the New Museum and LACMA LA. Poet-artist Robert Montgomery will create a new site-specific sculpture for Edinburgh, the first major installation of his work in the country of his birth.

Peter Liversidge invites the city’s institutions to participate in a collective welcome, replacing their official or corporate flags with a white flag designed by the artist, simply bearing the word ‘Hello’. Sarah Kenchington, who is known for her remarkable mechanical instruments, will collect hundreds of decommissioned organ pipes from around the UK to create a new organ which will be sited in Edinburgh’s Trinity Apse: a 15th century church, which itself has been dismantled and rebuilt brick-by-brick, moved from its original site where Ingleby Gallery now stands.

Further commissions will include the presentation of a new film by Katri Walker, co-commissioned with NVA as part of their Speed of Light programme; and a special Edinburgh edition of The Complaints Choir (a world-wide project created by Finnish artists Tellervo and Oliver Kochta Kalleinen), led by contemporary musicians and composers Daniel Padden and Peter Nicholson of the One Ensemble, which invites Edinburgh residents to come together and sing their complaints out loud.

A full list of artists and further details on all the Art Festival commissions will be announced in May 2013.

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