Edinburgh Art Festival

Featuring over 40 exhibitions each year, Edinburgh Art Festival is the platform for the visual arts at the heart of Edinburgh’s August festivals.

Art Buds Workshops 2021 Credit Sally Jubb Photography

(Image Credit: Sally Jubb Photography)

Celebrating its 18th edition, Edinburgh Art Festival runs from 27 July - 27 August 2023. 

About Edinburgh Art Festival

Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival brings together the capital’s leading galleries, museums, production facilities and artist-run spaces in a city-wide celebration of the very best in visual art.

The UK’s largest annual festival of visual art, it is a leading international platform for supporting the development, production and presentation of ambitious new work by artists working in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Each year the festival features leading international and UK artists alongside the best emerging talent, major survey exhibitions of historic figures, and a special programme of newly commissioned artworks that respond to public and historic sites in the city.

The vast majority of the festival is free to attend, and includes events, art exhibitions, performances, screenings, artist talks and guided tours.

Edinburgh Art Festival

Learning & Engagement

Alongside the main festival programme, EAF also run a yearly series of learning and engagement activities which aim to inspire people to get creative, remove barriers and broaden access to visual art and the festival programme.

Tailored tours, workshops and projects with community organisations and local schools explore fundamental local issues from an artistic point of view.

Platform: 2021 | Edinburgh Art Festival 2021 from Edinburgh Art Festival on Vimeo.

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This page was created in collaboration with our friends at Festivals Edinburgh.

Edinburgh has a jam-packed festival schedule all year around. Whether you love the arts, are mad about science, or relish the thought of getting lost in a good book, there’s a festival for you. Take a look at our guide to Edinburgh’s Festivals >