Edinburgh Art Festival announces programme
- Anna Millar
- 3 July 2008
This article is from 2008.
Another week, another festival launches. Hot on the heels of the Fringe, the EIF and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, relative newbie the Edinburgh Art Festival last week laid out its stall, boasting a roster of art glitterati from a 20-year Tracy Emin retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern to an array of works from such established artists as Alexander Heim,Kay Rosen and Richard Wilson.
Other highlights of the month long art fest include Frances Richardson, who returns to the Corn Exchange Gallery and Japanese artist Takaya Fujii, who exhibits at the Scottish Poetry Library.
This year's line-up boasts over 50 exhibitions spanning public and private galleries, long-established spaces and new galleries, with over 120 associated events added to the mix for good measure. The Festival is also set to expand its creative reach out with the city centre to both Portobello, with the continued participation of Big Things in the Beach, and Musselburgh where Eskmills shows work for the first time. Last night organizers said the growth of the Festival in such a short space of time showed its long-term potential.
'Creating a focus for the visual arts during Festival time was the motivating force behind the galleries'desire to establish an annual Art Festival,'said Tessa Jackson, Chair of the EAF Board. 'Now, five years after the inaugural event the Edinburgh Art Festival can truly be said to have come of age as an increasing number of the city's galleries commission and curate exhibitions specially for the Festival, and the programme of associated events attracts an ever larger and broader audience.'
Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts at the Scottish Arts Council said she hoped that the EAF would, helped by Edinburgh's popularity over the month of August, attract audiences to the full range of the city's artistic potential.
"The Edinburgh Art Festival provides the opportunity for audiences in the City and visitors alike to experience a wide range of exciting exhibitions and events featuring work from some of the world's most imaginative visual artists.'
EAF runs from 31 Jul–31 Aug