Edinburgh Art Festival announces 'Improbable City' commissions

Edinburgh Art Festival has unveiled its 2015 commissions programme under the title The Improbable City, with an emphasis on artists who create imaginary worlds.


The festival (30 July - 30 August) is the UK's largest annual festival of visual art, launched its programme in March [link] and, with The Improbable City, will present new pieces from artists both Scottish and international.

Sorcha Carey, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival, said:

‘The Improbable City’ explores the work of artists who conjure alternative worlds in their work. Even without the fairytale topography of Edinburgh, a festival offers a natural home for the improbable – a moment when we are instinctively more open to discovery and experimentation.

She added

We are delighted to continue to expand the ambitions of our commissioning programme, with seven new projects by leading and emerging artists, including some of the very best practitioners from Scotland and several international artists showing in the UK for the very first time.

Commissions for 2015 include:

  • A large scale sculpture at Waverley Station by Charles Avery, who also has an exhibition at the Ingleby Gallery
  • A performative installation from former Turner nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, sited within the Old Royal High School
  • A prototype sea craft from Mexico's Ariel Guzik, designed for communication with dolphins and whales
  • A large scale chalk drawing from South African artist Kemang Wa Lehulere
  • New work from Quebecois performance, installation and video artist, Julie Favreau
  • New commissions from emerging international artists such as Finnish-English artist, composer and vocalist Hanna Tuulikki and Irish video artist Emma Finn.
  • New work selected as part of the festival's open call to early career artists

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said:

This year’s commissions show the depth of talent in Scotland and the appeal of the Edinburgh Art Festival to internationally renowned artists. Through the support of the Festivals Expo Fund, each year the commissions programme has helped transform the city and raised the profile of visual arts across Scotland whilst also supporting emerging artists.
Edinburgh in the summer is the perfect time and place to explore the ideas of ‘The Improbable City’ and celebrate Scottish creativity.

Find our more about Edinburgh Art Festival's commissions for 2015 on their website

Images: works by Charles Avery, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and Kemang Wa Lehulere (credit Edinburgh Art Festival)

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