City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Art Festival

By edg - Posted on 21 January 2013

Dazzle Ship at Leith Docks
Event details
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 12:00pm - Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 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 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival takes place in a circuit of 27 venues across the city, with exhibitions in major art galleries such as the Scottish National Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art and artist run spaces.

Commercial galleries also get in on the action, often with a focus on contemporary and emerging Scottish artists, while the Edinburgh Art Festival spices things up with commissions of public art.

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 exhibitions" by Callum Innes, Martin Creed, Richard Wright, and Alison Watt.