City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Art Festival


By edg - Posted on 26 July 2017

Richard Wright Stairwell
Event details
Time: 
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:00pm - Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 11:59pm
Telephone (info): 
0782 533 6782

Established in 2004, the Edinburgh Art Festival is the newest major addition to Edinburgh's Festivals in August, but it filled a longtime gap.

Visual art somehow seemed obscured by the creative mayhem of the rest of the festival before the galleries clubbed together and launched their own festival within the Edinburgh Festival.

The Edinburgh Art Festival takes place in a circuit of galleries and artist-run spaces across the city (too many to list above). Much of the exhibitions and shows are free.

Highlights are the exhibitions in major art galleries such as the Scottish National Gallery, Portrait Gallery, and Gallery of Modern Art, with special installations by leading talents in the Scottish and international art world in the Edinburgh Old Town.

Commercial galleries also get in on the action, often with a focus on contemporary and emerging Scottish artists.

As well as a host of performances, screenings, artist talks and guided tours, and the EAF's Art Late, newcomers to the festival may want to search out the permanent commissions by Callum Innes, Martin Creed, Richard Wright, and Alison Watt.