Edinburgh Art Festival announces 2016 Exhibition Programme 28 July – 28 August 2016

Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) today announces its 2016 programme of partner exhibitions and pop-up events, combining ambitious solo and group presentations of international and Scottish contemporary artists alongside major art historical exhibitions and newly commissioned projects. The 13th edition of the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art, taking place in more than 30 venues across the city, will include 43 exhibitions curated by Edinburgh’s leading museums, galleries and artist run spaces, as well as a selected programme of pop up exhibitions and events.

Highlights will include:

- New work by leading international artists including Damián Ortega at The Fruitmarket Gallery; an exhibition celebrating 30 years of Inverleith House, featuring work by renowned contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, John McCracken, Joan Mitchell and Robert Ryman; an extraordinary showcase of over 110 drawings by the celebrated post-war German artist Joseph Beuys at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s ARTIST ROOMS, shown together for the first time; and the first permanent installation in the UK by Christian Boltanski at Jupiter Artland, alongside new work by French artist Caroline Mesquita.

- Important presentations of key figures from the Scottish art scene, including the major solo shows of Barbara Rae at Open Eye Gallery and Jonathan Owen at Ingleby Gallery; an exhibition tracing the careers of William Gillies and John Maxwell at City Art Centre; a multi-layered thematic exhibition at Dovecot Gallery, tracing Scottish art from 1945 to the present; new work by Glasgow-based Hayley Tompkins at Jupiter Artland; sculptor Kenny Hunter to be showcased at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop; and a solo show by Jennifer Bailey at Collective, in addition to a new sculptural viewing tower to look into the City Observatory by Birmingham-based Simon & Tom Bloor.

- A strong focus on portraiture: a major exhibition which traces the history of self-portraits across six centuries at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, showcasing works by influential artists from Rembrandt and Gustave Courbet to Marina Abramović and Ai Weiwei; the first solo show in Scotland of one of the 20th century's most important painters, Alice Neel at the University of Edinburgh's Talbot Rice Gallery; self-portraits by the British photographer Jo Spence at Stills; and the major international photography award, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

- Significant art historical survey exhibitions including the first major international exhibition showcasing the work of Charles-François Daubigny, a key figure in the development of 19th century French landscape painting, and his relationship with Monet and Van Gogh, at the Scottish National Gallery; an exhibition combining Surrealist works of art from four legendary private collections at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; a major exhibition of Celtic art at the National Museum of Scotland featuring over 300 objects from across the UK and Europe, assembled in Scotland for the first time; and an exhibition celebrating four centuries of ‘The Art of the Garden’ at The Queen’s Gallery Palace of Holyroodhouse.

- Multi-media collaborations, including new work by Canadian duo Donovan & Siegel at Edinburgh Printmakers; and new work commissioned by New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund for locations including The Travelling Gallery and City Art Centre.

- The next generation of talent in Scotland and beyond including Siân Robinson Davies at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop; a group presentation from the studios at The Number Shop; the annual degree show at Edinburgh College of Art; and a group exhibition bringing together new work by Tim Dodds, Emma Hart and Susan Mowatt at Rhubaba.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said:

“As the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art, we are delighted to be supporting the Edinburgh Art Festival 2016. Taking place in some of the capital’s leading art spaces, it is with great excitement that we look forward to the presentation of new works by emerging artists, as well as the exhibition of significant historical pieces. With a strong free-to-attend element, and links to the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, we are confident this year’s festival is set to be one of the most popular among art-lovers yet.”

For more information, visit the Edinburgh Art Festival website here.

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