For the month of August, Edinburgh's leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces present an innovative programme of special events – most of which are free to attend. The festival also includes new public art commissions by established and emerging artists.

Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) combines ambitious presentations of contemporary and historic art from Scotland and around the world. The 2019 edition of the festival featured a characteristically eclectic line-up with highlights including the first-ever Scottish solo shows from Samson Young and Grayson Perry. 

Jupiter Artland added a major new outdoor artwork to their collection in the form of Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos's Gateway, while both Collective and Edinburgh Printmakers hosted their first EAF exhibitions at their new homes. Another highlight came courtesy of the National Galleries of Scotland which presented Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage, which was dubbed as 'the first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place anywhere in the world.'

The festival is due to unveil its programme for 2020 which promises to be just as dynamic and thought-provoking as ever. 

History

Edinburgh Art Festival was founded to shine a light on art during Edinburgh’s festival period, when theatre, opera, music and comedy traditionally take centre stage. Supporting both leading and emerging talent has always played a key role, as has ensuring that a complementary education programme enhances the experience through workshops, tours and school projects.

Offering free events and commissioning artworks that respond to public and historic sites in the city have also always been a major part of the festival.

Visit the Edinburgh Art Festival website.