Edinburgh Art Festival launches 2015 programme

Edinburgh Art Festival has announced its programme for 2015, combining some of the best in contemporary Scottish and international art, with work from (and about) big names including Picasso, Roy Liechtenstein, MC Escher and David Bailey.


International artists presenting solo exhibitions in the UK for the first time include Phyllida Barlow, Hanne Darboven, Kwang Young Chun and Beatrice Gibson. American artist John Chamberlain offers his first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery, with his compatriot Tara Donovan presenting her first large-scale solo UK show.

Contemporary Scottish artists feature strongly as well, with Toby Paterson and Sara Barker two of those featured. There will also be new work commissioned for EAF 2015, including from Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and Charles Avery.

Sorcha Carey, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival, said:

As the only major annual festival dedicated to visual arts within Scotland and the UK, Edinburgh Art Festival occupies a uniquely important place in the cultural calendar.
The youngest of Edinburgh’s summer festivals, the breadth and quality of our exhibitions programme is unrivalled, and this year we are particularly pleased to be introducing so much international work to UK audiences for the first time.
We are also delighted to continue our support for early career artists through a newly launched open call, which will provide an international platform for artists based in Scotland who are trying to develop a full-time practice.

A minimum of three-Scotland based artists will benefit from the new open call, winning the chance to present their work at the 2015 festival. Proposals will be selected by a panel led by Ms Carey, alongside artists Christine Borland and Craig Coulthard.

Work from more established artists will include material from to much-loved Scottish artists John Bellany and Joan Eardley, as well as Dutch graphic artist MC Escher, and Pop Art pioneer Roy Lichtenstein.

There'll also be an exhibition of around 100 photographs looking at the relationship between Lee Miller and Pablo Picasso. And with photography featuring strongly in 2015, there will more high profile shots on show at the UK's largest exhibition from revered photographer David Bailey.

To find out more about Edinburgh Art Festival 2015, please visit www.edinburghartfestival.com

Images (clockwise from top left):

  • Kwang Young Chun, Aggregation 06 - JN028, 2006
  • Detail from Roy Lichtenstein, Reflections on a Girl 1990. Lithograph, screenprint on paper and metalised PVC on paper. ART
  • Detail from James Morrison Storm Over the Grampians 14.i.2015 Oil on Board. Courtesy of the Scottish Gallery
  • David Bailey, Jack Nicholson 1978. (C) David Bailey

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