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Mud Oven Afternoons

Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

Mud Oven Afternoons 

Each Friday during the Festival, 2—5pm 

3, 10, 17, 24 and 26 August

Come along to Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden each Friday afternoon during the Festival to experience the Palm House in the wildflower meadow, see the mud oven in action, and create your own edible sculptures.

Art Early: 4 August

Various venues

Art Early: 4 August

4 August, 10am–12.30pm

Art Early is a series of programmed tours and activity trails for families and children of all ages.

Art Early: 18 August

Various venues

Art Early: 18 August

18 August, 10am–12.30pm

Art Early is a series of programmed tours and activity trails for families and children of all ages.

Explorers Outdoors

Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

Explorers Outdoors

3, 10, 17, 24 August, 10am—12noon

Join us every Friday at Bobby Niven’s Palm House for outdoor exploration, play and making in the Scottish Wildlife Trust garden.

Explorers at Central Library

Central Library

Explorers at Central Library

5, 12 July; 2, 9 August, 2—4pm 

Explorers comes to the Central Library for drop-in workshops suitable for ages 8—13. Come and explore different materials, themes and approaches each week.

Ross Birrell & David Harding: Keep me like the echo

Scottish Parliament

Ross Birrell & David Harding: Keep me like the echo

25 August, 6–8pm 

'Keep me like the echo', a performance devised by artists Ross Birrell and David Harding for The Scottish Parliament.

Artist Talk: Ruth Ewan

Institut Français d’Écosse

Artist Talk: Ruth Ewan

11 August, 12noon–1pm

The artist introduces her practice and her collaboration with socialist magician Ian Saville.

Artist Talk: Ross Birrell & David Harding

Institut Français d’Écosse

Artist Talk: Ross Birrell & David Harding

18th August, 12noon–1pm

The artists introduce their commission for the Festival, and discuss their individual and collaborative practices.

Artist Talk: Adam Lewis Jacob

Institut Français d’Écosse

Artist Talk: Adam Lewis Jacob

25th August, 12noon–1pm

Lewis Jacob introduces his new commission and talks about his wider practice.

Platform 2018: Artist Tour: Rae-Yen Song & Renèe Helèna Browne

City Art Centre

Platform 2018: Artist Tour: Rae-Yen Song & Renèe Helèna Browne

11th August, 3–4pm

Join us for an introduction to the Platform 2018 exhibition with the artists Rae-Yen Song and Renèe Helèna Browne.

Audio Described Tour

Various venues

Audio Described Tour 

15th August, 10am–1pm

Juliana Capes will lead an audio described tour of selected festival venues. This event welcomes people with disabilities including people with visual impairments.

Platform 2018: Artist Tour: Annie Crabtree & Isobel Lutz-Smith

City Art Centre

Platform 2018: Artist Tour: Annie Crabtree & Isobel Lutz-Smith

18 August, 3–4pm

Join us for an introduction to the Platform 2018 exhibition with the artists Annie Crabtree and Isobel Lutz-Smith.

Invisible Women: Consensus

Urbane Art Gallery

Invisible Women: Consensus

31 July, 7—9pm 

Weaving a path from Scotland to Canada, Consensus forces us to consider how gender and time shape perceptions of worth, drawing a parallel from our complex cinematic history to present-day inequality in the film industry.

Jupiter Campout: ROMANTI-CRASH!

Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Campout: ROMANTI-CRASH! 

28—29 July, 1pm–late 

Taking place across the romantic setting of Jupiter Artland, ROMANTI-CRASH! will take you on a journey to explore love, affection and contemporary rituals of devotion from Saturday evening through to Sunday morning.

The Art of Inhabiting Nature: Panel Discussion

Edinburgh Printmakers

The Art of Inhabiting Nature: Panel Discussion

28th July, 2–4pm

Chaired by Gemma Lawrence, a Producer from Creative Carbon Scotland, this special panel discussion will include talks from Ravi Agarwal, Dr Norman Shaw and Don O’Driscoll. Together they’ll discuss the philosophical underpinnings of nature in our societies and fresh ways to respond to the deep environmental problems of today’s world.

Artist Talk: Nàdar / Prakriti

Edinburgh Printmakers

Artist Talk: Nàdar / Prakriti

27th July, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Agarwal will discuss his wider artistic practice, as well as his work as a writer and environmental activist. He’ll also talk about his residency last year in the Scottish Highlands supported by the John Muir Trust and how this informed the work he created for Nàdar / Prakriti.

Surreal Edinburgh – Your Favourite Places in the City

City Art Centre

Surreal Edinburgh – Your Favourite Places in the City

11th August, 10:30am–3:30pm

Adult creative workshop using mixed media techniques to explore your favourite spaces and memories of Edinburgh, inspired by Edwin G. Lucas’s colourful paintings. Workshop with visual artist Lauren McLaughlin.

How to Draw like a Fashion Designer

Dovecot Gallery

How to Draw like a Fashion Designer

2nd August, 11am–12:30pm

Join fashion curator and author Dennis Northdruft as he leads this practical workshop in drawing tricks and fashion design tips with inspiration from the Liberty exhibition.

LIBERTY Silk Scarf Painting Workshop with Hilary Simon

Dovecot Gallery

LIBERTY Silk Scarf Painting Workshop with Hilary Simon

7th August, 10:30am–4pm

The Liberty silk scarf is a fashion institution. Take inspiration from the LIBERTY Art Fabrics & Fashion exhibition at Dovecot this summer to design and paint your own silk square at this workshop for beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Artists in the Gig Economy

Edinburgh College of Art

Artists in the Gig Economy

24th August, 2pm–6pm

How does the gig economy shape art production in Scotland? From Airbnb’d spare rooms to second shifts working for Deliveroo, in what ways are artists implicated in this precarious new economy? A workshop sharing experiences and new research presented alongside Melanie Gilligan’s The Common Sense.

The Collectors: Christina Jansen talks Contemporary Jewellery in Scotland

Dovecot Gallery

The Collectors: Christina Jansen talks Contemporary Jewellery in Scotland

3rd August, 11am–12pm

Join Christina Jansen, the Managing Director of The Scottish Gallery, as she talks about recent vital trends in collecting jewellery, as well as future directions for the contemporary makers who will be exhibiting in Scotland during the year ahead.

Incidental Surgery

DOK Artists Space

Incidental Surgery

14, 16, 21, 23 August, 4–5pm

Bookable hour long surgeries with an artist mentor to discuss the work of the participant and support them to develop a sustainable practice to fit into their life circumstances.

Katie Orton Time Tours

Collective

Katie Orton Time Tours

11 & 12 August, 10–11am & 2–3pm

Artist Katie Orton leads a participatory tour for 7-11 years olds exploring the sights and landmarks of Calton Hill, whilst thinking about their relationship to different types of time, the history of timepieces and the science of telescopes and clocks. Encouraging thought, discussion and creativity, the workshop will engage children with the history of timekeeping on Calton Hill through movement and play.

Meanwhile –  a round table discussion on sustaining an art practice

DOK Artists Space

Meanwhile – a round table discussion on sustaining an art practice 

17 August, 6–8pm

A round table discussion with the exhibition artists and invited friends to share strategies of resilience, agency, pleasure and acceptance in developing a sustainable art practice. We warmly welcome students, artists and people considering taking up art in any form to come along and share your stories.

Discussion Group: Time

The Fruitmarket Gallery

Discussion Group: Time 

22 August, 5–6pm

Join a discussion of time in the context of Tacita Dean’s work. There will be a small amount of reading to do in advance, provided when you book.

Reel-to-reel: Double Bill

The Fruitmarket Gallery

Reel-to-reel: Double Bill 

10 August, 6:30–10:30pm

"Prompted by Tacita Dean’s Foley Artist (1996), we screen two films in which the creation and recording of sound are central to the narrative. Join us for one or both.

Saturday Tours

The Fruitmarket Gallery

Saturday Tours 

Every Saturday, 2–2:30pm

Drop in for an informal tour of Tacita Dean’s exhibition with one of The Fruitmarket Gallery’s Information Assistants.

Sunday Makers: Sound Effects

The Fruitmarket Gallery

Sunday Makers: Sound Effects

12 August, 10–11am

Creative workshops exploring themes, ideas and materials in Tacita Dean’s exhibition, led by artist Louise Fraser, you will play with a range of everyday objects and materials to create sound effects for films.

Free Bus to Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland

Free Bus to Jupiter Artland

Thursday 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August, 10am / 3pm return

As Edinburgh city centre swells with visitors, we offer an escape to Jupiter Artland on our free bus service as part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

Kate McMillan and Gemma Rolls-Bentley in conversation

Arusha Gallery

Kate McMillan and Gemma Rolls-Bentley in conversation

25 August, 2.30–3:30pm

Artist Kate McMillan and Gemma Rolls-Bentley will discuss McMillan's sound and video installation, The Past is Singing in our Teeth.

Artist Talk: Victoria Crowe: A Certain Light

The Scottish Gallery

Artist Talk: Victoria Crowe: A Certain Light

11 August, 11am–12pm

Please join artist Victoria Crowe discuss her Edinburgh International Festival exhibition, A Certain Light.

Weaving The Chris Ofili Tapestry

Dovecot Gallery

Weaving The Chris Ofili Tapestry 

17 August, 11am–12pm

Join Dovecot Master Weavers for a fascinating insight into the making of The Caged Bird’s Song; an epic tapestry triptych, interpreted at Dovecot from a watercolour by Chris Ofili.

The Festival Breakfast Club at the Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery

The Festival Breakfast Club at the Open Eye Gallery

2nd August, 8:30–10am

Begin selected Thursdays of the Festival with breakfast and art from 8:30am to 10am at The Open Eye Gallery, The Fine Art Society and The Scottish Gallery.

Standard Bearers #1

Rhubaba Gallery and Studios

Standard Bearers #1

28th July, 3–5pm

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

Shilpa Gupta and Salil Tripathi in conversation

Institut Français d’Écosse

Shilpa Gupta and Salil Tripathi in conversation

27th July, 10–11am

Shilpa Gupta introduces Salil Tripathi, writer, journalist, and Chair: Writers in Prison Committee, PEN International to discuss her commission 'For, in your tongue I cannot hide'; and to consider some of the writers and poems who have informed this major new work.

Sympathetic Magick: Palm House

Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden

Sympathetic Magick: Palm House

26, 27 July, 3, 10, 17, 24 and 26 August, 3–4pm 

Artist Ruth Ewan collaborates with renowned socialist magician Ian Saville, and other professional and amateur magicians to create a new work that weaves a trail of magic with a political edge through the city and the Festival’s programme.

Sympathetic Magick: West Parliament Square

West Parliament Square

Sympathetic Magick: West Parliament Square

Friday, Saturday and Sundays throughout the festival, 12:30–1:30pm 

Watch out for regular late morning appearances of Sympathetic Magick amongst the city’s main hub of street performance, just off the High Street – including the Festival opening and final weekends.

Exhibition tour with Artists and Museum Curator at The Anatomical Museum

The Anatomical Museum

Exhibition tour with Artists and Museum Curator at The Anatomical Museum

25 August, 10am–4pm

Last chance to see Clausen and Sletteland’s participatory and collaborative art works produced from an NHS Lothian artist residency, and to hear the artists in discussion with museum curator Malcolm MacCallum.

The Festival Breakfast Club at the Fine Art Society

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh

The Festival Breakfast Club at the Fine Art Society

16th August, 8:30–10am

Begin selected Thursdays of the Festival with breakfast and art from 8.30am to 10am at The Open Eye Gallery, The Fine Art Society and The Scottish Gallery.

The Festival Breakfast Club at the Scottish Gallery

The Scottish Gallery

The Festival Breakfast Club at the Scottish Gallery

9th August, 8:30–10am

Begin selected Thursdays of the Festival with breakfast and art from 8:30am to 10am at The Open Eye Gallery, The Fine Art Society and The Scottish Gallery.

Professor Duncan Macmillan and Victoria Crowe in conversation

Golden Hare Books

Professor Duncan Macmillan and Victoria Crowe in conversation

13 August, 6:30–8pm

Join artist Victoria Crowe and Professor Duncan Macmillan as they discuss Victoria’s life and work.

Curator tour at The Art of Glass

National Museum of Scotland

Curator tour at The Art of Glass

1 and 21 August, 2–3pm

Join Sarah Rothwell, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Design at National Museums Scotland to learn more about this exhibition and gain a unique insight into the extraordinary breadth of glass artists working in Britain today.

Adam Linklater: ‘Mythopoeia’ Artist Talk and special Screening of ‘Origins’ by Andy Cumming

Maritime Lane Collective

Adam Linklater: 'Mythopoeia' Artist Talk and special Screening of 'Origins' by Andy Cumming

22 August, 5–7pm

Artist talk with special screening of the short 30-minute experimental film titled ‘Origins’ by Andy Cumming will be shown on the 22nd August at 5pm. After the screening the audience will be invited to ask questions about the film and the exhibition as a whole.

Dead Images Exhibition Tours

Edinburgh College of Art

Dead Images Exhibition Tours

31 July and 2 August, 12noon–12:45pm

Our introductory tours are designed to contextualise the Dead Images exhibition and an ongoing research project, which focuses on contentious collections, difficult heritage and curatorial dilemmas, associated with them.

Dead Images Lunchtime Talks

Edinburgh College of Art

Dead Images Lunchtime Talks

31 July, 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 August, 12noon–12:45pm

Our programme of informal lunchtime talks provides additional insights to the Dead Images project offered by academics, researchers, artists and curators who consider the concepts inherent to the exhibition from multiple perspectives.

Colour is Life: Emil Nolde’s Paradox - Between Expressionism, ‘Degenerate Art’ and Fascism

Scottish National Gallery

Colour is Life: Emil Nolde’s Paradox - Between Expressionism, ‘Degenerate Art’ and Fascism

7 August, 12:45–1:30pm

In this lecture, Dr Deborah Lewer, Senior Lecturer in History of Art, University of Glasgow, explores the contradictions of Nolde’s work, reception and politics and considers his fraught legacy today.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: From Route 66 to the Peripherique

Scottish National Gallery

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: From Route 66 to the Peripherique

21 August, 12:45–1:30pm

Scottish artist Kate Downie presents a selection of her work thematically linked to our current exhibition Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Transportation Photographs from the National Galleries of Scotland.

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

Stills: Centre for Photography

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

27 July, 1-2pm

Join Ben Harman, Director of Stills and curator of The days never seem the same, on a tour of the exhibition to learn more about the photographs, films and rarely seen archive material on display.

Sympathetic Magick: Sandy Bell’s

Sandy Bell’s

Sympathetic Magick: Sandy Bell's

27 July, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 August, 7–9pm

Artist Ruth Ewan collaborates with renowned socialist magician Ian Saville, and other professional and amateur magicians to create a new work that weaves a trail of magic with a political edge through the city and the Festival’s programme.

Sympathetic Magick: Impossible is Not an Option: Mark Walbank’s magic performance for children

Central Library

Sympathetic Magick: Impossible is Not an Option: Mark Walbank’s magic performance for children

11 August, 11am–12noon

A magic performance for children with Mark Walbank, part of the Ruth Ewan Sympathetic Magick programme.

The Past is Singing in our Teeth sound performance

Arusha Gallery

The Past is Singing in our Teeth sound performance

27 August, 6-8pm

Join us for a preview and performance of Kate McMillan’s gallery-wide video and sound installation, The Past is Singing in our Teeth. The evening will include a special performance by Glasgow-based percussionist and sound artist Signy Jakobsdottir.

Family art-making

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern One

Family art-making

Sunday 15 July–Sunday 12 August, 2–4pm daily

"Move, Make, Colour, Create! Join us every day this summer for free art-making and creative play!

Sympathetic Magick with screening of The Illusionist

Filmhouse

Sympathetic Magick with screening of The Illusionist

11 August, 3:30–5:30pm

As part of artist Ruth Ewan’s project for Edinburgh Art Festival, magician Mark Walbank presents a special 30-minute live performance for young people and families followed by a screening of Sylvain Chomet’s acclaimed animated feature The Illusionist (2010).

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