Art attack in Edinburgh

Programme announced for the annual Edinburgh Art Festival, now in its 12th year.

The Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) today announced its 2015 programme, combining Scottish and international contemporary art alongside major artists from history.

As the UK’s largest annual festival of visual arts, attracting nearly 300,000 attendances in 2014, EAF will this year present over 40 exhibitions across more than 30 of Edinburgh’s leading museums, galleries and institutions, as well as artist-run spaces and unexpected pop-up locations.

Continuing its support for the next generation of Scottish artists, this year for the first time the festival will issue an open call for proposals by early career artists to be selected by critically acclaimed Scottish artist Christine Borland. 

The City of Edinburgh Council is a funding partner for the Edinburgh Art Festival. The Council accommodates the organisation in the City Art Centre and offers regular use of the Trinity Apse and other Council-owned property for festival activities.

The Council aims to maintain and build on Edinburgh's reputation as the ideal location for major events and festivals. Working with the city’s cultural sector, the Council’s arts development team ensures that arts plat a vital and lasting role in Edinburgh by developing strategic policy, offering advice on cultural projects, and awarding cultural grants.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s new Festivals and Events Champion, said: “The Edinburgh Art Festival has delivered another fantastic and diverse programme for 2015, which includes exciting new artworks for public galleries and spaces in the capital. As the largest visual arts festival in the UK, it brings the very best in this field from across the globe to Edinburgh, greatly enhancing the city’s excellent reputation as home to the world’s greatest festivals. This year it is especially exciting to hear that new artists who are just starting out in their careers will be able to apply to work in close collaboration with Christine Borland and the Festival, in a move that could help to boost these artists’ careers.”

The EAF will run from 30 July - 30 August 2015. Find out more at the EAF website

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