Keynote Lecture
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Dark Pool (installation detail), 1995. Courtesy of the artists.

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As a highlight of the opening weekend, we are delighted to present a special lecture by Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. Cardiff and Miller have made one of their acclaimed video walks – Night Walk for Edinburgh – commissioned by The Fruitmarket Gallery and presented in partnership with Edinburgh International Festival and in association with Edinburgh Art Festival.

Collaborating since 1995, the artists are internationally recognised for their immersive works that create transcendent, multisensory experiences in which the viewer is drawn into multiple and sometimes unsettling narratives.

Cardiff and Miller have exhibited worldwide with solo shows including Vancouver Art Gallery; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey; and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Their work has been included in group exhibitions and biennales such as the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014, the Istanbul Biennial in 2015, and dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012. Representing Canada at the 2001 Venice Biennale, the artists received the Biennale’s Premio Prize and Benesse Prize.

The Keynote Lecture offers a rare opportunity to hear the artists speak about their work, their ideas and the experience of making Night Walk for Edinburgh.


The Edinburgh Art Festival Keynote Lecture is a partnership between Edinburgh Art Festival, British Council Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland and Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh. The 2019 Keynote Lecture is presented in partnership with The Fruitmarket Gallery.

Adult: £7.50
Concession: £5.00

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Friday 26 July 


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Scottish National Gallery
Royal Scottish Academy
The Mound,
Edinburgh, EH2 2EL