Art Festival makes strides with walking tours

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Edinburgh Art Festival features great work at a wide range of galleries and other venues across the city - and with this geographical variety comes the opportunity to create some fascinating multi-venue walks and tours, alongside work about walking itself.

Guided Tours throughout the Festival

Right through the Festival's run (30 July-28 August) there are daily guided tours of venues, aimed at helping art lovers get a snapshot of what's on offer and a look round the city itself. The tours are free and depart at 2pm each day from the Festival Kiosk, located just off the Royal Mile on Blair Street.

When: throughout Edinburgh Art Festival
Where: meet at Edinburgh Art Festival Kiosk
Cost: Free

Friday 5 August - Calton Hill and the Burns Monument

Paul McAuley of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries is joined by artist Jonathan Owen to guide a group around the monuments of Calton Hill, finishing with a visit to Owen's own specially-commissioned piece for the Art Festival within the Robert Burns Monument.

When: Friday 5 August, 12pm
Where: meet at Nelson's Column, Calton Hill
Cost: £5

Thursday 11 August - Walking Women (Walking Institute/Deveron Arts)

A day-long series of events exploring the relationship between female artists and walking, whether for protest, performance, transgression or other reasons. A series of artists will give walks and talks, alongside a range of other related events.

When: Thursday 11 August, 11am-7pm
Where: Out of the Blue, Dalmeny Street
Cost: Free

Friday 12 August - Monument Walks: Families

Storyteller Daniel Seriddge leads a family-friendly trail around the Royal Mile and Old Town, checking out many of the areas monuments. Participants will also get to meet Sally Hackett and find out about her commissioned piece, The Fountain of Youth at the Museum of Edinburgh.

When: Friday 12 August, 12pm
Where: meet at Edinburgh Art Festival Kiosk
Cost: Free

Friday 12 August: Ugly Walk, part of All Roads Lead to Venice (Walking Institute/Deveron Arts)

In summer 2015, Anthony Schrag spent over 3 months walking from Huntly in Aberdeenshire to the Venice Biennale. Instead of following traditionally scenic routes though, he opted for an Ugly Walk, taking in towns and cities in his way. Here Schrag takes participants on a walk through industrial estates to challenge assumptions of what represents beauty. 

When: Friday 12 August,  9am
Where: meet at Ocean Terminal
Cost: Tickets £5

The walk concludes at Summerhall in time for the following 3 free events:

  • 11am - 1pm The Psychology of Long-Distance Walking
  • 2 - 4pm - Walking to Venice Panel Discussion
  • 4 - 6pm - Europe: Will We Walk Again?

Saturday 13 August - How Humans Adapt (Walking Institute/Deveron Arts)

Dressed in wetsuits and carrying perforated umbrellas, Munich-based artists Thomas Huber and Wolfgang Aichner perform a 5-hour, 12-mile walk taking in the Pentland Hills. Their walk considers how walking might be considered public or private, sporting or political, or perhaps even an artform in itself.

When: Saturday 13 August, 9am (ends approx 2pm)
Where: meet at Summerhall
Cost: Free

Friday 19 August - Monument Walks: Public Spaces

A guided walk along Holyrood Road, led by Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place at Architecture and Design Scotland. Diarmaid will discuss how ideas of public space can vary, and asks what it is that makes a street a public place.

When: Friday 19 August, 12pm
Where: meet at Dynamic Earth
Cost: Free, but space limited so please book in advance

Friday 26 August - Monument Walks: Re-imagining Edinburgh's Past

Edinburgh writer, activist and researcher Jim Slaven leads a guided walk through the Old Town, exploring monuments and hidden histories. Slaven's work focuses on immigrant and working class histories, and this walk will consider how remembering and forgetting interact. 

When: Friday 26 August, 12pm
Where: meet at Edinburgh Art Festival Kiosk
Cost: £5

Edinburgh Art Festival runs from 28 July – 28 August 2016. Find out more, including links for detailed programme and ticketing information on our Festival page.

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