Get ready for Scotland’s Biggest Art festival 2 AUGUST – 2 SEPTEMBER 2012

The Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF), the UK’s largest annual festival dedicated to visual art, today announced its programme for its 9th edition. Taking place in more than 30 of the city’s museums, not-for-profit and commercial galleries, EAF will feature over 45 exhibitions from the biggest blockbuster names to the most exciting emerging talent, with further pop-up shows taking place in artist-run spaces and outdoor venues across Scotland’s capital.  EAF 2012 will run from 2 August – 2 September 2012

The 2012 Festival’s programme will feature major solo exhibitions by internationally-renowned artists, group shows and exhibitions by some of the UK’s most exciting early career artists. Newly-commissioned work by artists and collectives will emerge around Edinburgh’s historic monuments and public spaces as part of the EAF ‘Promenade Programme’, bringing visual art to the heart of the city’s Festival experience. Highlights will include a new sound installation by 2010 Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz, responding to Edinburgh’s famous One O’clock Gun.

The Festival will be supported by an innovative and wide-ranging events programme throughout August, including artists’ talks, dedicated workshops, family days and late night events, including the return of Art Late on Thursday 23 August.

Sorcha Carey, Director, Edinburgh Art Festival said:
“The 2012 Edinburgh Art Festival programme continues to make visual art central to the Edinburgh summer festival experience, with an unparalleled offering of major solo exhibitions by leading international artists and the opportunity to see some of the city’s most exciting new spaces dedicated to emerging talent. This year’s commissions programme – our most ambitious to date – brings new work by the very best Scottish artists, from internationally established names to recent graduates, into public spaces across the city, in an extended ‘Promenade Programme’ that will invite visitors to look anew at Edinburgh’s world famous heritage site.”

Major exhibitions by leading international artists including Dieter Roth at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Robert Kusmirovski at Summerhall,Tim Rollins & K.O.S and Donald Judd at Talbot Rice Gallery, Melvin Moti at National Museum of Scotland, Rachel Mayeri at Edinburgh College of Art and Philip Guston at Inverleith House
New commissions by Susan Philipsz, Andrew Miller, Kevin Harman and Anthony Schrag as part of a ‘Promenade Programme’ of publicly-sited works across Edinburgh city
Summer blockbusters at Edinburgh’s leading visual art venues including ‘Picasso and Modern British Art’ at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, ‘Van Gogh to Kandinsky: Symbolist Landscapes in Europe 1880-1910’ at Scottish National Gallery and ‘Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress’ at National Museum of Scotland
Solo retrospectives of critically acclaimed UK and Scottish artists including Ian Hamilton Finlay at Ingleby Gallery, Leslie Hunter at City Art Centre and John Bellany at Open Eye Gallery
A major exhibition of rarely-seen tapestries charting the history of Dovecot Studios in their centenary year, including works by David Hockney, Paul Gauguin, Eduardo Paolozzi and Claire Barclay
The best early career artists including artist collective ~ in the fields at New Media Scotland and group exhibitions at Rhubaba Gallery and Studios, GARAGE, Superclub and Contemporary Art Exchange

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