Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) has announced its 2015 programme, combining ambitious presentations of Scottish and international contemporary art alongside major solo and survey shows of artists from the 20th century and historic movements. As the UK’s largest annual festival of visual arts, attracting nearly 300,000 attendances in 2014, EAF will this year present over 40 exhibitions across more than 30 of Edinburgh’s leading museums, galleries and institutions, as well as artist-run spaces and unexpected pop-up locations. Continuing its support for the next generation of Scottish artists, this year for the first time the festival will issue an open call for proposals by early career artists to be selected by critically acclaimed Scottish artist Christine Borland.
• Internationally-renowned artists introduced to UK audiences for the first time, including the first exhibitions in Scotland by Phyllida Barlow, Hanne Darboven and Kwang Young Chun; the first solo exhibition in a public gallery by American artist John Chamberlain and the first large-scale solo show in the UK by New York-based Tara Donovan.
• New work by Scotland’s leading contemporary practitioners, including Toby Paterson at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and Sara Barker at Jupiter Artland; alongside two comprehensive surveys of Scottish art through the centuries at City Art Centre and The Queen’s Gallery.• Major art historical surveys including Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, the pioneer of Pop Art Roy Lichtenstein, 18th century portraiture by Jean-Étienne Liotard presented across the National Galleries of Scotland, in addition to much-loved Scottish artists John Bellany at Open Eye Gallery and Joan Eardley at The Scottish Gallery.
• A strong focus on photography, contemporary and historic, including David Bailey at Scottish National Gallery, a major survey of the invention and development of photography in the Victorian period at National Museums Scotland, new work by political duo Kennardphillips at Stills and Canadian artist Derek Michael Besant at Edinburgh Printmakers.
• New work commissioned as part of the EAF 2015 commissions programme, presented across the city in unexpected and forgotten locations by emerging and established artists, including Charles Avery, in partnership with Ingleby Gallery where the artist is subject of a new solo exhibition, and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd.
• A newly-launched open call to early career artists which will provide a platform for a minimum of three Scotland-based artists, selected in close collaboration with Christine Borland, who was commissioned in 2013 to create a new work for EAF’s programme.
• Exhibitions by the next generation of talent in Scotland and beyond, including Samara Scott and Lauren Gault at Jupiter Artland, France-Lise McGurn and Beatrice Gibson at Collective and a group show at one of Edinburgh’s newest venues, The Number Shop.