Programme announced for 11th Edinburgh Art Festival

Edinburgh Art Festival, the UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art, is pleased to announce details of its 2014 festival programme. The festival features a month-long calendar of more than 40 exhibitions alongside special events, performances and tours across 30 of the city’s museums, galleries and institutions, as well as artist-run, temporary and pop-up spaces. In its 11th year the festival will bring together over 100 leading and emerging Scottish and international artists. As part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, and during the year of Homecoming Scotland, this year's programme will also see the presentation of a major international group exhibition bringing together five curators and 20 artists from across five Commonwealth countries.

Highlights include:

The solo exhibitions in Scotland by leading contemporary artists Isa Genzken and Wim Delvoye, and major exhibitions by Susan Hiller, John Byrne and Leon Morrocco, together with a new commission by Tris Vonna-Michell

 An international exhibition programmed by Edinburgh Art Festival, Where do I end and you begin, bringing together curators and artists from across the Commonwealth, including Amar Kanwar and Shilpa Gupta

 A wave of new exhibitions opening as part of GENERATION, a landmark event celebrating 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland, including exhibitions by Katie Paterson and Mick Peter at Jupiter Artland, Dalziel + Scullion at Dovecot Studios, alongside group presentations of key contemporary Scottish artists at City Art Centre and Talbot Rice Gallery

 In-depth art historical surveys including an overview of American Impressionism featuring works by Degas, Monet, Cassatt, Sargent and Whistler; the presentation of drawn and painting work by renowned art critic and artist John Ruskin; and the only UK showing of Chinese treasures from Ming: The Golden Empire

A group show of newly-commissioned work at New Media Scotland, and exhibitions and performances showcasing the best emerging talent at Interview Room 11, GARAGE, the Glasshouse at Lauriston Castle and Edinburgh College of Art, amongst others

Sorcha Carey, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival, said: “As the only major annual festival dedicated to the visual arts within the UK, Edinburgh Art Festival occupies a uniquely important place in the cultural calendar. Our 2014 programme continues to provide audiences with an unrivalled opportunity to immerse themselves in the very best historic and contemporary art, with an extraordinarily rich series of solo and group presentations of Scottish contemporary artists alongside exhibitions of leading international artists, many showing in the UK for the very first time.”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, said: Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the Edinburgh Art Festival is a hugely important part of Scotland’s annual festival offering with the impressive programme giving both new and established artists a platform to express their work. Supported by EventScotland and Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Commonwealth Exhibition at City Art Centre will see curators from five Commonwealth countries, present more than 20 emerging contemporary artists in the year Scotland will welcome the world to the Glasgow 2014 Games.

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