New public art for Edinburgh with Art Festival Commissions

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Edinburgh Art Festival has announced the return of its Commissions Programme, a collection of ambitious projects creating new pieces of art for the city, often in unexpected places.

Taking place between 26 July and 26 August 2018 in spaces across Edinburgh, this year’s programme includes commissioned artwork from internationally renowned artists, alongside Platform: 2018, a showcase of work for those at the beginning of their careers.

Launching the 2018 Commissions Programme, Edinburgh Art Festival Director Sorcha Carey said:

Over the past ten years, the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund has supported our Festival to work with leading and emerging Scottish and international artists to open up new places and conversations in our city.
This year’s programme is no exception, bringing together five artists each with highly distinctive practices, but united by a common interest in some of the urgent social questions of our day. Our 2018 edition of Platform continues to support artists at the beginning of their careers, with four female artists from across Scotland selected to take part.

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The programme will feature a new commission by Indian artist Shilpa Gupta and a collaboration between Glasgow-based artist Ruth Ewan and Marxist magician Ian Saville.

Also included in the programme are multimedia artist Adam Lewis Jacob, and Ross Birrell & David Harding who will collaborate with Syrian composer Ali Moraly for the Festival’s closing weekend.

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Platform: 2018 boasts an exciting all-female line-up with showcases of new work by Glasgow-based artists Annie Crabtree, Isobel Lutz-Smith, Rae-Yen Song and Renèe Helèna Browne who were selected from an open call by artists Jonathan Owen and Hanna Tuulikki.

Commenting on the unique line-up of this year’s programme, Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts at Creative Scotland, said:

The Edinburgh Art Festival is a highlight of the visual arts calendar, bringing together a world class programme that offers significant opportunities for public engagement and participation. We welcome [the] announcement of the 2018 commissions which represent a rich and diverse collection of works.
It is exciting to see the range of artists included, from established international figures to those at an early stage in their career, and we look forward to the new perspectives and ideas that their works will bring to the many thousands of people who will visit the Festival during August this year.

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Through a range of media, this year’s artists will address contemporary political issues including freedom of expression and consumer culture. The Platform lineup promises a focus on identity, with commissions exploring cultural heritage, gender expression and more.

The 2018 commissions will appear in spaces across the city, including Edinburgh College of Art, gothic kirk Trinity Apse, Institut Français d’Écosse, and across the streets of Edinburgh.

The programme presents a unique opportunity to enjoy a diverse artistic showcase across a range of exciting spaces, and is sure to engage residents and visitors alike in debates around the important and pressing issues explored.

Edinburgh Art Festival takes place from 26 July to 26 August 2018 with the Commissions Programme and Platform 2018 on show throughout. For full details and listings, visit the Edinburgh Art Festival website.

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