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. 

What makes it special?

  • The vast majority of the festival is free to attend, and includes free events, 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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