Edinburgh Art Festival was founded in 2004 through an ambitious partnership of galleries committed to ensuring that high quality presentations of visual art remained at the core of Edinburgh’s summer festival experience. This partnership remains at the core of our Festival, and is reflected in the rich programme of exhibitions developed for the Festival each year by our Partner Galleries.
Presented across leading national institutions, internationally recognized contemporary art galleries and artist run spaces, it offers a chance to discover work by some of the very best historic and contemporary artists from Scotland, the UK and beyond.
Pop Up Exhibitions & Events
Each year the festival issues a call for projects and events conceived especially for the festival. Taking place in pop-up venues across the city, this programme is a chance to discover new work in unusual spaces.
The call for submissions for Edinburgh Art Festival Pop Up Exhibitions & Events opens each January - please sign up to our Newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to hear the latest news and announcements.
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.
A Festival initiative dedicated to providing greater opportunities for artists at the beginning of their careers to participate in the festival programme. Now in its third year, Platform is a dedicated opportunity for artists at the outset of their career to make and present new work in the festival programme.
Platform call for submissions is announced each January - please sign up to our Newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to hear the latest news and announcements.
Our Commissions Programme has resulting in a growing programme of permanent works for the city. These include:
Bobby Niven, Palm House, 2017 (Open to members of the general public on request)
Alison Watt, Still, 2004 (Phone ahead to check opening times)
Taking place in partner galleries and venues throughout the city, Art Late is a series of specially programmed openings and events every Thursday evening in August during the Festival, taking in live music, artist performances, talks and tours.
Children & Families
Explorers is our programme of activities, workshops and events for children, families and young people. In 2017 we expanded our work with schools, to run a week of free visits for school groups, working in partnership with City Art Centre.
You can read more about our Learning and Engagement Programme here.