Edinburgh Art Festival returns for 2016

28 Jul 2016

The UK’s largest festival of visual arts is back presenting work by over 250 artists in more than 40 exhibitions across Edinburgh’s museums and galleries.

The Edinburgh Art Festival which is in its 18th year, runs from 28 July to 28 August and takes place in over 30 different galleries, museums and artist run spaces.

As well as seven new commissions as part of the 2016 Commissions Programme, the festival will feature ambitious presentations of both Scottish and international contemporary art alongside major survey and solo shows of artists from the 20th century and historic movements.

In Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the programme explores one of the most important points of intersection for art and architecture in Edinburgh: the monument.

Commissioned by EAF and 14-18 NOW, Dazzle Ship Scotland is the first  of the festival’s public art commissions to be unveiled. Entitled ‘Every Woman’, Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips has developed a design celebrating the role of women during the First World War and commemorating the battle-ready ships that docked in Leith 100 years ago.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “This year’s programme offers a diverse selection of outstanding exhibitions and events, and plays a vital role in widening access to the arts. During Scotland’s ‘Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design’, the festival will also promote our impressive buildings, heritage, and culture.”

Following the success of last year’s inaugural exhibition and supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo fund, Platform 2016 is back.

Dedicated to giving artists greater opportunities at the beginning of the careers, Platform 2016 will include four artists or collectives from across Scotland chosen by a panel including artists Ross Sinclair and Rachel Maclean.

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