Edinburgh Art Festival

  • 29 July 2021 - 29 August 2021
  • 35+ exhibitions across the city. Online events and presentations.

Art is Back! Edinburgh Art Festival returns with 35+ exhibitions across the city and a special programme of online events and presentations.

Edinburgh Art Festival

Following the cancellation of the 2020 festival, EAF returns this year from 29 July to 29 August for the 17th edition of this renowned creative 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. Each year the festival comprises newly commissioned artworks by leading and emerging artists, alongside a rich programme of exhibitions curated and presented by partners across the city.

This year, EAF are proud to collaborate with a range of partners to bring together a programme of new work by artists working in Scotland, UK and internationally.

Programme Highlights include:

* The UK and European premiere of Isaac Julien’s Lessons of the Hour is presented in partnership with National Galleries of Scotland. This major new ten-screen film installation offers a poetic meditation on the life and times of Frederick Douglass, the visionary African American writer, abolitionist and a freed slave, who spent two years in Edinburgh in the 1840s campaigning across Scotland, England and Ireland for freedom and social justice.

* Irish artist Sean Lynch, in a co-commission with Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, presents a new project casting a spotlight on Edinburgh’s public monuments and sculptures.
* Nigerian sound artist Emeka Ogboh, in a co-commission with Talbot Rice Gallery, presents a new sound installation sited in Edinburgh’s Burns Monument, a circular neo-classical pavilion, built in 1831 as a national monument to Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns.

The festival is also planning a series of digital and hybrid events, to include artist and curator conversations, bespoke tours through the programme, events and activities for families and community groups, as well as newly commissioned work for digital space.

All venues will be following the latest government Covid guidelines to ensure visitor safety. EAF will be keeping their website regularly updated on what audiences can expect during their visit.

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