Edinburgh Art Festival

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Edinburgh Art Festival is the platform for the visual arts at the heart of Edinburgh’s August festivals, bringing together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces in a city-wide celebration of the very best in visual art. Each year, the festival features leading international and UK artists alongside the best emerging talent, major survey exhibitions of historic figures, and a special programme of newly commissioned artworks that respond to public and historic sites in the city. The vast majority of the festival is free to attend. 

The 2021 edition will bring together over 35 exhibitions and new commissions in visual art spaces across the city, complemented by an online programme of events and digital presentations. All festival venues will be following the latest government Covid guidelines to ensure visitor safety, and they will be keeping their website regularly updated on what audiences can expect during their visit, with full listings due in late-Spring - but see the latest programme announcement HERE.

What makes it special?

  • The vast majority of the festival is free to attend, and includes free events, art exhibitions, performances, screenings, artist talks and guided tours.
  • The festival includes over 40 exhibitions each year, showcasing some of the best contemporary art, fine art and abstract 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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