What’s on

We are excited to share the first details of Edinburgh Art Festival 2019, with more exhibitions and events to be announced in the coming months.

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Collective: If play is neither inside nor outside, where is it?


Helen McCrorie: If play is neither inside nor outside, where is it?

13 July – 6 October

Tues – Sun, 10am-5pm

Helen McCrorie’s 'If play is neither inside nor outside, where is it?' features a new film centred on an outdoor playgroup that meets in the grounds of a former military camp in Scotland.

Collective: Migratory Motor Complex


James Richards: Migratory Motor Complex

26 July – 20 October

Tues - Sun, 10am – 5pm

James Richards 'Migratory Motor Complex' is a six-channel electro-acoustic installation that explores the capacity of sound to render artificial spaces and locate sonic and melodic events within them.

Edinburgh Printmakers: Hanna Tuulikki: Deer Dancer

Edinburgh Printmakers

Hanna Tuulikki: Deer Dancer

26 July – 5 October

Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Deer Dancer is an ambitious cross-artform project by Hanna Tuulikki, investigating deer mimesis within traditional dance across the world, commissioned by Edinburgh Printmakers.

Ingleby: My Own Private Bauhaus


David Batchelor: My Own Private Bauhaus

24 July – 28 September

Mon – Sat, 11am – 5pm

(Closed Mondays and Tuesdays after August)

My Own Private Bauhaus marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus. David Batchelor pays tribute to the movement through a personal appreciation of the triangle, circle and square.

Open Eye Gallery: John Busby: Silent Landscape

Open Eye Gallery

John Busby: Silent Landscape

29 July – 2 September

Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 4pm

The Open Eye Gallery presents a large-scale exhibition centring on the distinctive and largely unseen landscape paintings by celebrated artist John Busby.

Stills: Centre for Photography: Cindy Sherman: Early Works, 1975-80

Stills: Centre for Photography

Cindy Sherman: Early Works, 1975-80

28 June -– 6 October

Daily, 11am – 6pm

Stills is excited to present an exhibition showcasing seminal early works by Cindy Sherman, one of the most influential artists of the last 40 years.

Talbot Rice Gallery: Real Music

Talbot Rice Gallery

Samson Young: Real Music

26 July – 5 October

Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm , Sat/Sun 12noon– 5pm

(after August Tues – Fri, 10-5, Sat 12noon – 5pm)

Talbot Rice Gallery is proud to present Hong Kong artist and composer, Samson Young’s (b. 1979) first ever solo exhibition in Scotland, Real Music, during Edinburgh Art Festival 2019.

The Fine Art Society: Intimate: a portrait

The Fine Art Society

Intimate: a portrait

25 July – 31 August 

Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm; Sat, 11am – 4pm

A group exhibition of portraiture, depicting sitters with whom the artists are close. Paintings and photographs which capture the essence of sitters in ways that the artists know intimately.

The Fine Art Society: Nicole Farhi: Writing Heads

The Fine Art Society

Nicole Farhi: Writing Heads

25 July – 31 August 

Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm

Sat, 11am – 4pm

A series of 25 busts of 20th century novelists and playwrights sculpted and painted by Nicole Farhi MRSS, from Françoise Sagan to Muriel Spark and Samuel Beckett.

The Scottish Gallery: Ever After

The Scottish Gallery

Derrick Guild: Ever After

24 July – 24 August

Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm; Sat 10am – 4pm

Derrick Guild has created Ever After for The Scottish Gallery. This is a site specific exhibition which is an ongoing dialogue with Guild’s fascination with art history.

National Galleries of Scotland: NOW

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern One

NOW Anya Gallaccio, Charles Avery, Aurélien Froment, Roger Hiorns, Peles Empire, Zineb Sedira

1 June – 22 September

Daily, 10am–5pm (July), 10am–6pm (August)

NOW is the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s dynamic three-year series of contemporary art exhibitions. The fifth instalment in the series will be centred on a major survey of work by Anya Gallaccio.

The National Galleries of Scotland: The Long Look

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Long Look: The Making of a Portrait

25 May – 27 October

Daily, 10am–5pm (July), 10am–6pm (August)

A collaboration between the painter Audrey Grant and the photographer and printmaker Norman McBeath, The Long Look explores the art of portraiture beyond the conventional artist and sitter relationship.

Arusha Gallery: All That the Rain Promises and More…

Arusha Gallery

All That the Rain Promises and More...

25 July – 14 September

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm; Sun, 1 – 5pm

This exhibition brings together the work of 17 artists who share a preoccupation with the symbiotic connection we each have with our environment.

National Galleries of Scotland: Artist Rooms

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

ARTIST ROOMS: Self Evidence - Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe

6 April – 20 October

Daily, 10am – 6pm

With a particular focus on self-portraiture and representation, this exhibition celebrates the work of three of the twentieth century’s most influential photographers.

The Scottish Gallery: Kiln Gods

The Scottish Gallery

Stephen Bird: Kiln Gods

24 July – 24 August

Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm; Sat, 10am – 4pm

The Scottish Gallery presents Kiln Gods, an exhibition by Stephen Bird inspired by the small sculptures made by potters to act as talismans of good luck during the firing process.

Edinburgh College of Art: Fully Awake

Edinburgh College of Art

Teaching Painting: Fully Awake

25 July – 25 August

Daily, 11am – 5pm

Fully Awake is a cycle of exhibitions curated by Ian Hartshorne (Manchester School of Art) and Sean Kaye (British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow) for the organisation Teaching Painting.

Edinburgh College of Art: Grey to Blue

Edinburgh College of Art

Yulia Kovanova: Grey to Blue: Ecological Entanglements

25 July – 25 August

Daily, 11am – 5pm

Grey to Blue focuses on the exploration of colour and its spatio-temporal dynamics, to reconsider its perceptual boundaries in search of new possibilities.

Edinburgh College of Art: Summer at ECA: ECA Festival Exhibition

Edinburgh College of Art

Summer at ECA: ECA Festival Exhibition

10 – 18 August

Daily, 11am – 5pm (14 & 15 August, 11am – 8pm)

Edinburgh College of Art welcomes visitors to a showcase of work by Postgraduate students. This show combines new work from postgraduate study in Contemporary Art, Illustration, Interdisciplinary Creative Practices, Materials Practice and Art, Space & Nature.

Edinburgh College of Art: Double Disaster (Closing Down)

Edinburgh College of Art

Yokollection: Double Disaster (Closing Down)

27 July – 18 August

Daily, 11am – 5pm

Double Disaster (Closing Down) presents a video pilgrimage to the site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 car crash in Durness, alongside key works by Yokollection.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: Adam Benmakhlouf

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Adam Benmakhlouf

25 July – 25 August

Tues – Sun, 11am – 5pm

Adam Benmakhlouf has been commissioned to make a sound work for Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s beacon tower, drawing on his knowledge and experience of the workshop, surrounding environment as well as their experimental Schools Programme.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: Caroline Achaintre

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Caroline Achaintre: Encounter L. 

25 July – 25 August

Tues – Sun, 11am – 5pm 

A solo presentation of new and recent work by artist Caroline Achaintre in Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Courtyard.

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop: Lucy Wayman

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Lucy Wayman

25 July – 31 May 2020

Publicly sited – 24hr access

A new public sculpture by Lucy Wayman situated on the Hawthornvale cycle path near Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

Open Eye Gallery: John Busby Remembered

Open Eye Gallery

 John Busby Remembered

29 July – 2 September

Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm; Sat, 10am – 4pm

To coincide with Silent Landscape, the Open Eye Gallery presents an exhibition of invited artists who worked alongside, and who were acquainted with, Busby during his prolific career.

Edinburgh Printmakers: A Machine for Making Authenticity

Edinburgh Printmakers

A Machine for Making Authenticity

26 July – 12 October

Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm

A Machine for Making Authenticity plays on the transformation of Edinburgh Printmaker’s new building at Castle Mills from a site of mass industrial manufacture to one of handmade artistic production.

The Scottish Gallery - Modern Masters IX

The Scottish Gallery

Modern Masters IX

24 July – 24 August

Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm; Sat, 10am – 4pm

Modern Masters IX is a selection of individual works of art representing the modern spirit in Scottish painting and visual art.

ECA - Sonikebana

Edinburgh College of Art

Martin Parker: Sonikebana

25 July – 17 August

Daily, 11am – 5pm 

Sonikebana is a long-form sound composition that is transformed and performed by listeners as it happens.