Art Festival Announces Summer Plans

Art - Royal Collection Trust cHMTheQueen

The 17th edition of the Edinburgh Art Festival [29 July to 29 August] 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.

As galleries begin to reopen after many months of closure, this year, more than any, we are proud to cast a spotlight on the uniquely ambitious, inventive and thoughtful programming produced each year by Edinburgh’s visual art community.
All our festival venues will be following the latest government Covid guidelines to ensure visitor safety, and we will be keeping our website regularly updated on what audiences can expect during their visit.

We look forward to sharing full listings before the festival begins in late July, but for the meantime we are delighted to share with you soem of the highlights.

Art - Ellie Harrison cNatalie Lyons Ballantine

Highlights from the Programme

Our festival-led programming features major new commissions and presentations by leading international artists, including the UK & European premiere of Lessons of the Hour by Isaac Julien in partnership with National Galleries of Scotland; and two new festival co-commissions, with work by Sean Lynch in collaboration with Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop; and a sound installation by Emeka Ogboh with Talbot Rice Gallery

In a new approach for the festival, we are delighted to collaborate with Glasgow based artist, film-maker and programmer, Tako Taal as Associate Artist. Responding to the festival’s invitation to reflect on themes and ideas emerging from Isaac Julien’s Lessons of the Hour, Taal has invited new commissions for public and digital spaces, by a new generation of artists living and working in Scotland: Chizu AnuchaSequoia BarnesFrancis DosooThulani RachiaCamara Taylor and Matthew Arthur Williams.

We will also see the return of Platform, the festival’s annual showcase supporting artists in the early stages of their careers to make and present new work – with Jessica HigginsDanny PagaraniKirsty Russell and Isabella Widger invited to create new work for Platform: 2021.

There will also be chance to discover new generation artists at some of our partner galleries across Edinburgh, including the work of Satellite participant Alison Scott at Collective and Sekai Machache at Stills.

Solo presentations across the capital include Christine Borland at Inverleith House, RBGE, Alberta Whittle at Jupiter Artland, Frank Walter at Ingleby Gallery, Ian Hamilton Finlay at The City Art Centre, Sonia Mehra Chawla at Edinburgh Printmakers, and a major exhibition by the artist Karla Black for the newly developed and reopened Fruitmarket.

This year’s edition will also feature important retrospectives and major survey shows including The Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure at National Museum of Scotland, Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour at The Queen’s Gallery, Joan Eardley at The Scottish Gallery and Archie Brennan at Dovecot Studios.

Art - Alison Scott cAaron McCarthy

Image Credits [from the top]:

  • Royal Collection Trust  © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021 
  • Ellie Harrison_Early Warning Signs_Credit Natalie Lyons Ballantine
  • Documentation of Alison Scott taking part in open-weather, on Calton Hill. Photo_ Aaron McCarthy

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