Art attack! Programme revealed for Edinburgh Art Festival 2017

Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF), the largest annual festival of visual art in the UK, has announced details of its 14th edition, including partner exhibitions and pop-up events by contemporary and modern artists from the UK and beyond.

 This year, as Edinburgh celebrates its 70th anniversary as the Festival City, EAF and partners will present over 45 exhibitions across more than 35 venues, combining ambitious presentations of Scottish and international contemporary art with important survey shows, across the capital’s leading galleries and museums as well as site-specific pop-ups and artist-run spaces.

Highlights of the 2017 programme include:

  • Exhibitions of work by internationally recognised artists, including Jac Leirner at The Fruitmarket Gallery; Pablo Bronstein at Jupiter Artland; Ed Ruscha at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; and Patrick Staff at Collective.
  • Solo presentations by some of Scotland’s leading artists, including Douglas Gordon and Graham Fagen at Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Stephen Sutcliffe at Talbot Rice Gallery; and winner of the 2016 Margaret Tait Prize, Kate Davis, at Stills.
  • Significant survey and historical shows including an overview of British Realist Painting at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; a celebration of the great landscape painters John Constable and William McTaggart at the Scottish National Gallery; the largest exhibition in 70 years about the Jacobites at the National Museum of Scotland;  and works by Hanna Tuulikki and Fiona Mathison in an exhibition exploring the history and cultural identity of women expressed in their work in textile at Dovecot Gallery. Additionally, in the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh as The Festival City and the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, City Art Centre will celebrate Edinburgh’s history through an A-Z tour of their collection.
  • Key figures in the history of photography are explored at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, with a major exhibition of the work of Crimean war photographer Roger Fenton; plus an exploration of duo Hill & Adamson at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
  • Significant group exhibitions including the inaugural exhibition in the six-part series of NOW at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, with work by Mona Hatoum, Rivane Neuenschwander and Nathan Coley; pairings of artists at Ingleby to celebrate their 20th anniversary; and Edinburgh PrintmakersNew Edition, with work by Museums Press, Poster Club and Emer Tumilty.
  • Presentations of contemporary artists working in expanded contexts include new commissions from Laura Aldridge, Bobby Niven and Oliver Osborne alongside rarely seen archival material at Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; new work from Charlotte Barker at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop; Sue Jane Taylor at the National Museum of Scotland; Thought Collider at New Media Scotland; and a collaborative project centered around the work of Melbourne-based writer Jessica Yu, leading to the establishment of an in-gallery press at Rhubaba.
  • Emerging Scottish artists will also be showcased across the city, including Ross Little at Collective, Jacob Kerray at Talbot Rice Gallery, Marco Giordano and Pester & Rossi at Jupiter Artland; MA degree show at Edinburgh College of Art; and a series of artists in residence at The Number Shop.

Sorcha Carey, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival, said:

“As Edinburgh celebrates 70 years of festival culture, our festival continues to bring together the city’s leading museums and galleries in a unique celebration of the very best of visual art. With exhibitions across the length and breadth of the city – the vast majority of which are free – Edinburgh Art Festival offers an unrivalled opportunity to immerse yourself in art drawn from across the world and the centuries, stretching from Caravaggio and Constable, by way of Turner Prize winners, to the most exciting recent graduates making art today.”

Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts at Creative Scotland, said:

“The launch of the Edinburgh Art Festival programme is always an exciting moment and with an impressive range of exhibitions and activities taking place across the city, there is something for everyone to enjoy. As Edinburgh celebrates 70 years as a festival city, the Edinburgh Art Festival continues to make a significant contribution to Scotland’s cultural landscape and demonstrates the quality and vitality of our visual arts sector.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Edinburgh's Festivals and Events Champion, said:

“Maintaining its title as the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art, the Edinburgh Art Festival will deliver a staggering programme celebrating the 70th anniversary year of the Festival City.

“The City of Edinburgh Council has championed the Edinburgh Art Festival since it was established and is delighted to continue its support this summer. The 2017 programme will feature artworks from all corners of the globe, spanning the city’s many galleries, museums, unique and unusual spaces. This year, I’m especially excited to see the city’s collection drawn together at our superb City Art Centre. Edinburgh Alphabet: an ‘A-Z’ of the city’s collection will celebrate the history of the city and people through its vast collection of objects and art. The Edinburgh Art Festival remains a key platform for early career artists, helping to promote the vital and lasting role the arts play in Edinburgh and Scotland. I am looking forward to experiencing the work of emerging artists at the Talbot Rice Gallery, Number Shop and Jupiter Artland amongst others. This programme is not to be missed.

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