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 combines ambitious presentations of contemporary and historic art from Scotland and around the world. Major contemporary exhibits for 2018 included works by Tacita Dean, Jenny Saville, Joana Vasconcelos, Lucy Skaer and Victoria Crowe.

For lovers of art history, 2018's not-to-miss exhibits included the largest display of work by Canaletto ever shown in Scotland, and an exclusive exploration of the extraordinary impact of Rembrandt’s work in Britain.

Also included was newly commissioned work by the rising stars of contemporary sculpture as well as leading established sculptors, including Phyllida Barlow, one of the most lauded British sculptors working today.


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.