Art Late: Edinburgh Art Festival by night
- Arusa Qureshi
- 20 July 2017
Enjoy after hours entertainment at various arts spaces around the city
If you're an art enthusiast, the Edinburgh Art Festival will no doubt be a major highlight on your social calendar. And with good reason, since the annual festival consistently packs a punch with its diverse and rich programming. This year's festival is no different, with everything from exhibitions and tours to performances and talks to enjoy. But if you're on the lookout for fun and unusual things to do during the festival season, look no further than this year's Art Late series which is an always popular addition to the festival's lineup of events.
With after-hours gallery visits, exhibition tours, artist performances and talks, workshops and live music, the four nights planned throughout August will provide the chance to experience the festival's programme outwith regular hours. Alongside this, you'll be able to visit some of Edinburgh's finest arts spaces with a drink in hand and entertainment to keep you going.
The first Art Late, taking place on Thu 3 Aug, kicks off with a visit to the Talbot Rice Gallery, where you can view exhibitions by Stephen Sutcliffe and Jacob Kerray before heading to Dovecot Studios for Daughters of Penelope, a group exhibition that investigates women's stories and textile histories. After this, there will be two possible routes to choose from with the first route involving a trip to The Number Shop and the second route taking you to The Signet Library and the Museum of Childhood for shows that are part of the Pop Up Exhibitions & Events strand of the programme. This will all culminate with the big finale at The List's legendary Festival Party at Summerhall, where epic hand-picked performances, DJs and plenty of food and drink from the likes of Blue Moon, Black Bottle Whisky and Red Bull await you.
On Thu 10 Aug, the second Art Late event starts at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Modern One for the exhibitions Now and Artist Rooms: Ed Ruscha. The tour will then move on to Jupiter Artland by coach, where you'll have a chance to peruse the various works in the outdoor sculpture park including Marco Giordano's Self-Fulfilling Ego and Pablo Bronstein: The Rose Walk, before being treated to music by electro-pop trio BooHooHoo.
Next up in the series, Art Late 3 on Thu 17 Aug begins at Collective with a performance from artist Clara Ursitti and the East of Scotland Car Club, who have joined forces for a new sound work. After this, the group will once again have the choice of two routes which will go to either Edinburgh Printmakers or Rhubaba Gallery and Studios. The evening will finish up at Custom Lane with an artist performance from Pauline and the Matches and music from Glasgow synth-pop duo Happy Meals.
The final event on Thu 24 Aug will be a cracker, with the option of three different routes. Starting at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, you'll get to pick routes based on EAF commissions at a number of different locations. The first route will take you to see Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich's The Dragon of Profit and Private Ownership at Trinity Apse before moving on to the Kate Davis exhibition at Stills: Centre for Photography. Alternatively, you can choose to visit Toby Paterson: The Sociology of Autumn in Chessels Court or Bobby Niven's Palm House at the Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden, which will both be followed by Shannon Te Ao: With the sun aglow, I have my pensive moods at Gladstone Court. Fruitmarket Gallery will host the evening finale, where you can have a look around the Jac Leirner exhibition and enjoy music from folk musician/singer-songwriter Hamish Hawk.
Art Late, Various venues throughout Edinburgh, Thu 3, 10, 17 & 24 Aug, £9-11 (£8-10).