Edinburgh Art Festival 30 July - 30 August 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Edinburgh Art Festival 30 July - 30 August 2015

Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) opens July 30, 2015 with more than 40 exhibitions across 30 of Edinburgh's museums, galleries and artist-run spaces, including seven new commissions as part of the 2015 Commissions Programme. As the UK’s largest annual festival of visual arts, attracting nearly 300,000 attendances in 2014, the programme combines ambitious presentations of Scottish and international contemporary art alongside major solo and survey shows of artists from the 20th century and historic movements.

Edinburgh Art Festival 30 July - 30 August 2015

Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) opens July 30, 2015 with more than 40 exhibitions across 30 of Edinburgh's museums, galleries and artist-run spaces, including seven new commissions as part of the 2015 Commissions Programme. As the UK’s largest annual festival of visual arts, attracting nearly 300,000 attendances in 2014, the programme combines ambitious presentations of Scottish and international contemporary art alongside major solo and survey shows of artists from the 20th century and historic movements. The 2015 festival also features numerous performances, guided tours, workshops and talks by some of the world's leading artists and curators throughout the month of August.

Highlights include:

Seven new commissions across the city, including:

  • A 5 metre tall bronze tree by acclaimed Scottish artist Charles Avery housed within Edinburgh’s historic Waverley Station. This commission, presented in tandem with his solo exhibition at Ingleby Gallery, is based on his ongoing project, 'The Islanders'. 
  • A performative installation, to be sited within the debating chamber of the Old Royal High School by British artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd.
  • The first prototype of an underwater ship designed to facilitate communication with dolphins and whales by acclaimed Mexican artist Ariel Guzik.
  • A new 10-metre long site-specific chalk wall drawing, to be erased at the end of the festival, by South African artist Kemang Wa Lehulere.
  • New commissions by young international artists, including Finnish-English artist, composer and vocalist Hanna Tuulikki; Irish video artist Emma Finn; and French-Canadian performance, installation and video artist, Julie Favreau at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. 
  • New for 2015, following an open call to early career artists, Ben Callaghan, Ross Frew, Jessica Ramm and Antonia Bañados have been selected by a panel including artists Christine Borland and Craig Coulthard, to present new work for the festival.

Over 40 exhibitions across more than 30 spaces, including:

  • Internationally-renowned artists introduced to UK audiences for the first time, including the first solo exhibitions in Scotland by Phyllida Barlow, Hanne Darboven, Kwang Young Chun and Beatrice Gibson; the first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery by American artist John Chamberlain and the first large-scale solo show in the UK by New York-based artist 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 Lee Miller and Pablo Picasso, Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, 18th century portraiture by Jean-Étienne Liotard and the pioneer of Pop Art Roy Lichtenstein presented across the National Galleries of Scotland, in addition to celebrated Scottish artists John Bellany at Open Eye Gallery and Joan Eardley at The Scottish Gallery.
  • A strong focus on contemporary and historic photography, including David Bailey at Scottish National Gallery, a major survey of the invention and development of photography in the Victorian period at the National Museum of Scotland, new work by political duo kennardphillips at Stills and Canadian artist Derek Michael Besant at Edinburgh Printmakers. 
  • Exhibitions by the next generation of talent in Scotland and beyond, including Samara Scott and Lauren Gault at Jupiter Artland, France-Lise McGurn at Collective and a group show at one of Edinburgh’s newest venues, The Number Shop.

More information is here.

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