Art Festival Talks offer insight and inspiration

Paintings, sculptures, photography, drawings, design and even mathematics – Edinburgh Art Festival (30 July to 30 August) covers it all and with a series of talks from industry insiders, there are lots of opportunities to be inspired.  


Explore the development in fashion photography with Suzanna Brow, Curator of Photographs at Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with Selling Dreams: Fashion Photography on 11 August. The talk will start with Victorian society portraiture and move onto today's more eccentric and high quality fashion images.

In Conversation: Zandra Rhodes will give fashionistas an exclusive insight into the industry with pink haired fashion icon and designer Zandra discussing her experiences with Professor Chris Breward.

Find out about legendary photographer David Bailey at Snapshot of Bailey on 12 August. Anne Braybon, photography historian and former curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London, will reveal intimate behind the scenes stories, exclusive images and film clips.


Art meets poetry with Talk: Rtizfrolic: An evening of poetry and discussion inspired by the sculptures of John Chamberlain on 14 August. With Jane Goldman and Alistaur Rider.


Meet the people behind the exhibitions with Curator's Tours: Kwang Young Chun, Aggregations on 14 August. Dovecot Gallery’s Exhibition Curator Kate Grenyer talks about inspiration behind Korean artist Kwang Young Chun's mulberry paper assemblages. Grenyer will also give a tour with Bernat Klein: A Life in Colour Curator's Tours on 20 August.


Artist Talk
discussions taking place throughout the Festival include Emma Finn (16 August) discussing her new work with festival director and curator of The Improbable City, Sorcha Carey. On 20 August look out for James Morrison & Joan Earldey In Context with Guy Peploe, who will be giving a short talk linking the two exhibitions. Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (23 August) will see the contemporary visual artist discuss her new project with Neil Mulholland.

Learn about the artists’ process and ideas at Fine Lines: A Talk and Tour with Christina Jansen (18 August) as the gallery director and curator gives a short talk and guided tour around the applied arts 2015 Festival exhibition.


Cutting Up Picasso – Cubism and Lee Miller’s Collage
on 18 August with Dr Patricia Allmer, Chancellor's Fellow, Edinburgh College of Art, will explore Lee Miller’s Collage – a 1937 piece of work Miller made in response to Picasso’s portrayals of her. A must see for fans of cubism and surrealism.

The Lecture on 20 August with Professor Nick Wade will explore the subject of Derek Michael Besant’s exhibition, human visual perception. Professor Wade will present his research into the representation of space and motion in human vision and the relationship between visual science and visual art.


More from Lee Miller at Lee Miller: Wonder & Horror on 25 August. Miller is best recognised for her work as a war photographer and correspondent for Vogue magazine, a period discussed during the lecture with by Richard Calvocoressi, author of Lee Miller: Portraits from A Life (2002).

The closing talk at Edinburgh Art Festival 2015 is M.C. Escher: A Mathematician’s Eye View on 27 August. This talk looks at how mathematics was a key influence on Dutch graphic artist, Maurits Escher’s work. Join Professor Ian Stewart for a talk on the relationship between art and maths.

For more information on these talks and other events at Edinburgh Art Festival visit


  • Erika Stevenson, courtesy of Edinburgh Art Festival 
  • Inverleith House: John Chamberlain, installation view, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh ® 2015 Fairweather & Fairweather Ltd Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York #1 
  • Dovecot Studios: Kwang Young Chun, Aggregation 13-NV045 RED (detail), Dovecot Gallery, photo credit Stuart Armitt 
  • Emma Finn, Double Mountain, 2015. Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival.  
  • Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, The King Must Die, 2015. Photo Ruth Clark. Commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival. Installation shot, Old Royal High School, Edinburgh. 
  • Joan Eardley, Sea at Catterline, c. 1960, oil on board, 71 x 119 cms. Image courtesy of The Scottish Gallery

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