Edinburgh Art Festival

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The UK's largest annual celebration of visual art, attracting over 250,000 visitors each year, Edinburgh Art Festival brings together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events. 

(NB: 2018 dates above are tbc)

What makes it special?

  • The vast majority of the festival is free to attend, and includes exhibitions, performances, screenings, artist talks and guided tours.
  • The festival includes over 40 exhibitions each year, showcasing some of the best contemporary art alongside important artists and works from modern and historical periods.  
  • Each year Edinburgh Art Festival commissions new work by leading and emerging Scottish artists, with a particular emphasis on artists who are developing work for non-gallery contexts. 
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