About

Edinburgh Art Festival is a unique celebration of the visual arts, delivered in partnership with the city’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces. Over the past ten years we have grown to become the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art, recording nearly 300,000 attendances at over 40 exhibitions and 20 venues throughout August 2015. We engage new audiences with the visual arts, support artists to deliver ambitious projects and foster rich debate amongst local communities about culture and heritage in our city.

Commissions Programme
We support Scottish and international artists to make new and ambitious projects which engage with the extraordinary context of Edinburgh in August. Presented principally in public spaces, our commissions allow access to overlooked or neglected parts of our city’s heritage.

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Commissions Programme

Pop-Up Exhibitions & Events
Conceived especially for the festival and taking place in pop-up venues across the city, this programme is a chance to discover new work in unusual spaces.

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Pop-Up Exhibitions & Events

Art Late
A series of specially programmed evening tours between partner galleries and festival venues, taking in live music, artist talks, curator’s tour, and more.

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Art Late

Partner Exhibitions
Presented across leading national institutions and artist run spaces, this rich programme of exhibitions developed by our partners is a chance to experience ambitious and innovative presentations of some of the very best historic and contemporary artists from Scotland, the UK and beyond.

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Partner Exhibitions

Activities & Events
A daily programme of special events, including artist talks, tours and performances.

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Activities & Events

Platform: 2016
A new festival showcase for artists at the beginning of their careers.

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Platform: 2016

Permanent Commissions
Several artworks commissioned for the festival have remained permanently in the city, available to visit all year round.

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Permanent Commissions