The Festival, now in its fourth year, showcases work by some of the best Scottish, national, and international artists exhibiting in Edinburgh. International highlights from this year's programme include; a major retrospective of Warhol at the National Gallery of Scotland, work by South African artist William Kentridge at Edinburgh Printmakers and a major exhibition of photographs taken in 1974 by American artist William Eggleston at Inverleith House.
directed by Joanne Brown
The Edinburgh Art Festival, now in its fourth year, showcases work by some of the best Scottish, national, and international artists exhibiting in Edinburgh, during the month of August.
Having successfully spent the last three years, harnessing under one festival, the enormous amount of high quality, visual arts activity taking place in Edinburgh each year, the festival is now entering a new stage. With the recent appointment of the festival’s first ever director Joanne Brown, it is now able to concentrate on developing its own programme of curatorial talks and events. Ensuring that, with more galleries, institutions and artist-led organisations taking part that ever before, the Festival continues to be a major player in the cultural arena during August.
Joanne Brown, Director of the Edinburgh Art Festival, said:
‘I am delighted to announce details of this year's programme. The quality of the work included is a clear indication of the level of energy and enthusiasm that the visual arts community in Edinburgh has for a festival of its own. As the festival's first Director this gives me a strong platform from which to develop and grow the festival. Ensuring that each year, the reputation of the festival grows both at home and abroad, attracting more and more people to visit Edinburgh in August to see the diverse range of visual arts on offer, in what is undoubtedly one of the most visually engaging cities in the world.’
Tessa Jackson, Chair of the Edinburgh Art Festival Steering Committee, said:
‘The Edinburgh Art Festival is about quality and showcasing international art in a huge variety of ways. The appointment of a Festival Director this year has been a major step towards ensuring that all our partner visual arts organisations can work together throughout the year and that more collaborations, not just between artists but also between the galleries and other festivals, become an integral part of the Festival's programme.’
One of the major themes of this year’s programme is the work and life of Picasso, with two of the national institutions in Edinburgh showing major exhibitions of his work: Picasso: Fired with Passion at the National Museums of Scotland looks at Picasso’s life after the Second World War when he was living in the South of France; Picasso on Paper, at the Dean Gallery, is showing around 100 drawings borrowed from the world famous Staatsgalerie Museum’s collection in Stuttgart.
Reflecting changes in society and our present cultural surroundings, a second, Eastern European theme is also emerging from this year’s programme. Among the artists exhibiting are three well-known Georgian artists from Tblisi at the Patriothall Gallery and, six Polish artists as part of a group show curated by new arts organisation Canvas, specifically for the festival.
International highlights from this year’s programme include; a major retrospective of Warhol at the National Gallery of Scotland, work by South African artist William Kentridge at Edinburgh Printmakers and a major exhibition of photographs taken in 1974 by American artist William Eggleston at Inverleith House. These photographs are on public display for the first time ever during the Edinburgh Art Festival.
Among those better-known UK artists, who are showing new work are; Turner prize nominee Nathan Coley at doggerfisher, Alex Hartley at The Fruitmarket Gallery, David Batchelor at Talbot Rice, Rachel Whiteread at Ingleby Gallery and photographer John Stezaker at Stills.
Collaborations between festivals and organisations are always a major part of the festival’s programme and this year the Collective Gallery’s Comic Book Projectleads the way.The Collective are exploring the relationship between performance and art, working with Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, the Book Festival, the Film Festival and artists including John Hegley and Brian Dewan. In addition the festival’s themed walks will link exhibitions at some of the major galleries such as Richard Long at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art with Art in the Garden an exhibition at the Edinburgh Book Festival and Jardins Publics the visual arts element of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.
The Festival’s launch will be held on the morning of Thursday 26 July.
The Edinburgh Art Festival is supported by the Scottish Arts Council
and The City of Edinburgh Council.