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Ross Birrell & David Harding: Triptych

Trinity Apse

Ross Birrell & David Harding: Triptych

Ross Birrell and David Harding's new project for Edinburgh Art Festival reflects on themes of flight and dispossession, through an installation in the historic setting of Trinity Apse.

Shilpa Gupta: For, in your tongue I cannot hide: 100 Jailed Poets

The Fire Station at Edinburgh College of Art

Shilpa Gupta: For, in your tongue I cannot hide: 100 Jailed Poets 

In this new work Gupta draws on the works of poets who have found themselves in conflict with political powers and dominant forces, highlighting the fragility and vulnerability of our right to freedom of expression today.

Ruth Ewan: Sympathetic Magick

Various venues

Ruth Ewan: Sympathetic Magick

Sympathetic Magick is a new project devised by artist Ruth Ewan for the Festival which uses the ancient art of street performance to bring magic onto the streets of Edinburgh.

Adam Lewis Jacob: No Easy Answers

Institut Français d’Écosse

Adam Lewis Jacob: No Easy Answers 

Lewis Jacob presents No Easy Answers, an experimental moving image installation combining manipulated animations, found material and interviews between the artist and his Nan.

Platform 2018: Rae-Yen Song

City Art Centre

Platform 2018: Rae-Yen Song 

Rae-Yen Song’s current work draws upon her identity as a female Chinese Scot, exploring the figure of the outsider who uses the self as a means to reveal something of the wider society.

Platform 2018: Annie Crabtree

City Art Centre

Platform 2018: Annie Crabtree

Annie Crabtree’s Body of Water derives from two related lines of enquiry – considering the misrepresentation of female pain; and the reclaiming of power through swimming.

Platform 2018: Renèe Helèna Browne

City Art Centre

Platform 2018: Renèe Helèna Browne

Renèe Helèna Browne’s work has been predominantly sound-based, researching emotional and physical entry points of intimacy into the body, as well as their boundaries and power relations.

Platform 2018: Isobel Lutz-Smith

City Art Centre

Platform 2018: Isobel Lutz-Smith

Isobel Lutz-Smith experiments with the ways in which a narrative can be grown from inverting the linear stages of filmmaking.

City Art Centre: Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye

City Art Centre

Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye

Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye is the first major exhibition to focus on this enigmatic artist who was one of the most unique Scottish painters of the 20th century.

City Art Centre: In Focus: Scottish Photography

City Art Centre

In Focus: Scottish Photography

In Focus: Scottish Photography showcases the City Art Centre’s photographic collections, charting the development of fine art photography in Scotland from the 19th century to present day.

Edinburgh College of Art: Festival Exhibition

Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art Festival Exhibition

This exhibition combines new work from postgraduate students studying Contemporary Art, Illustration, Interdisciplinary Creative Practices and Art, Space & Nature.

Edinburgh College of Art: Biodiversity

Edinburgh College of Art


Biodiversity is the outcome of research and work developed during Siobhan Healy’s time as an Artist in Residence at ECA and in collaboration with the artist and writer Alasdair Gray.

Edinburgh College of Art: DEAD IMAGES

Edinburgh College of Art

DEAD IMAGES. Facing the history, ethics and politics of European skull collections

Dead Images explores the contentious legacy of collections of human skulls, assembled during the 19th and early 20th centuries and still held in public institutions in Europe.

Edinburgh College of Art: The Common Sense

Edinburgh College of Art

The Common Sense

Melanie Gilligan's dystopian drama, The Common Sense, tracks the impact of a new immersive technology that enables individuals to tap into the sensation of others over 15 short episodes.

Edinburgh Printmakers: Nàdar / Prakriti

Edinburgh Printmakers

Nàdar / Prakriti

Nàdar / Prakriti is the first solo UK exhibition by Indian artist Ravi Agarwal, including new prints commissioned and published by Edinburgh Printmakers.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: Hemispheric Phases

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Hemispheric Phases

This exhibition is the culmination of a six-month exchange between Argentina and Scotland and presents newly commissioned work by the artists Birthe Jorgensen, Santiago Poggio & Scot Rogers.

The Fruitmarket Gallery: Tacita Dean: Woman with a Red Hat

The Fruitmarket Gallery

Tacita Dean: Woman with a Red Hat

This exhibition by acclaimed British artist Tacita Dean takes performance as its theme.

Ingleby: Jacob’s Ladder


Jacob’s Ladder

This exhibition features rare historical works alongside contemporary artists, celebrating mankind's relationship with space and our enduring attempts to fathom the unfathomable.

National Museum of Scotland: Art of Glass

National Museum of Scotland

Art of Glass

Presented in partnership with The National Centre for Craft & Design, this exhibition examines the diverse work of established and emerging glass artists working in Britain today.

The Number Shop: DOZEN

The Number Shop


The Number Shop showcases new contemporary art made in-house from their studio resident artists.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art: NOW

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern One

Jenny Saville, Sara Barker, Christine Borland, Robin Rhode, Markus Schinwald, Catherine Street

The third instalment of NOW features a major survey of works by renowned British artist Jenny Saville, spanning some 25 years of the artist’s career across five rooms.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art: Reinventing the Old Masters

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern One

Raqib Shaw
Reinventing the Old Masters

Eight works by Raqib Shaw will be shown, alongside two paintings which have long obsessed him: Joseph Noel Paton’s The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania, 1849 and Lucas Cranach’s An Allegory of Melancholy, 1528.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: 
Transportation Photographs from National Galleries of Scotland

Planes, Trains & Automobiles is the third in a series of thematic exhibitions exploring the exceptional permanent collection of photography at the National Galleries of Scotland.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery: Beyond Likeness

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Victoria Crowe
Beyond Likeness

Beyond Likeness brings together a group of outstanding portraits by the distinguished Scottish artist Victoria Crowe.

Stills: The days never seem the same: Gunnie Moberg and Margaret Tait

Stills: Centre for Photography

The days never seem the same: Gunnie Moberg and Margaret Tait

This two-part exhibition presents the photographs of artist Gunnie Moberg alongside archive material and films by the influential filmmaker and writer Margaret Tait.

Talbot Rice Gallery: Lucy Skaer: The Green Man

Talbot Rice Gallery

Lucy Skaer: The Green Man

Lucy Skaer’s solo exhibition will include newly commissioned work and a selection of objects drawn from the University of Edinburgh’s vast collection.

City Art Centre: Travelling Gallery at 40

City Art Centre

Travelling Gallery at 40

Travelling Gallery marks its fortieth year with an exhibition over two floors at City Art Centre celebrating its journey – past, present and future.

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh: Robert Powell: Between The Lost Places

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh

Robert Powell: Between The Lost Places

Powell's etchings and sculptures are minutely detailed, often depicting satirical and dark humoured scenes whilst referencing art history, literature and modern society.

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh: Assemblage

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh


Assembled three-dimensional constructions by Alberto Morrocco, Will Maclean and Gary Anderson, among others, will be exhibited.

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh: Fleming at Fifty: Masterworks from the Fleming Collection

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh

Fleming at Fifty: Masterworks from the Fleming Collection

Fleming at Fifty: Masterworks from the Fleming Collection showcases historic nineteenth and early twentieth Scottish paintings in modern and timely contexts.

Open Eye Gallery: John Bellany (1942-2013): The Wild Days

Open Eye Gallery

John Bellany (1942-2013): The Wild Days

The Open Eye Gallery presents a large-scale exhibition centring on John Bellany’s output during his most turbulent period in the 1980s, featuring many previously unseen paintings.

The Scottish Gallery: Victoria Crowe: A Certain Light

The Scottish Gallery

Victoria Crowe: A Certain Light

'A Certain Light' focusses on the variability of light in the natural world, from twilight and moonlight paintings, snowy hillsides illuminated and cast with shadows to looking with the evening sun over the waters of Venice.

The Scottish Gallery: Modern Masters VIII

The Scottish Gallery

Modern Masters VIII

This August, the Modern Masters series of exhibitions continues covering 125 years of Scottish Art History with individual works which speak to the richness of talent in the Scottish school in the modern period.

Rhubaba: Standard Bearers #1

Rhubaba Gallery and Studios

Standard Bearers #1 

Coinciding with the opening of Edinburgh Art Festival, Rhubaba will be launching the first in a series of flag artworks by Rhubaba studio holders, to be flown from a newly installed flagpole.

Rhubaba: All in a Day’s Work

Rhubaba Gallery and Studios

All in a Day’s Work

Rhubaba is delighted to present All in a Day’s Work, a listening lounge curated by Andrea Zarza.