Following the cancellation of the 2020 festival and an exceptionally challenging period for the creative sector, the Edinburgh Art Festival has confirmed its return from 29 July to 29 August this year.  

The 17th edition of the festival will bring together over 35 exhibitions and new commissions in visual art spaces across the city, complemented by an online programme of events and digital presentations.  

As galleries begin to reopen after many months of closure, this year, more than any, the Festival is proud to cast a spotlight on the uniquely ambitious, inventive and thoughtful programming produced each year by Edinburgh’s visual art community.  

Sorcha Carey (Director, Edinburgh Art Festival) comments: 

“Festivals have always offered a space for gathering, and this year more than any, we are proud to come together with partners across the city to showcase the work of artists from Scotland, the UK and around the world. Some exhibitions are newly made in response to the seismic shifts of the past year; others are the result of many years of planning and careful research; but all are the unique, authentic, and thoughtful products of our city’s extraordinarily rich visual art scene. 

The past year has revealed how precarious things can be for artists and creative freelancers, as well as for the institutions and organisations that support the production and presentation of their work. As galleries begin to re-open across the city, and we look forward to welcoming audiences safely back to the festival and our city, now more than ever we need the space for community and reflection that art and artists can provide.” 

Paul Bush OBE (Director of Events) added:  

“Edinburgh and Scotland are a leading destination for the very best in the visual arts and EventScotland is delighted to be supporting the Edinburgh Art Festival to maintain this reputation. The team has worked hard to produce an exciting and varied programme of in-person exhibitions as well as an online programme of events and digital presentations, which will allow audiences to engage with the Festival in the way they feel most comfortable. 

Events are an important part of our communities as they not only bring us great entertainment, they also sustain livelihoods and bring social and economic change. Following a difficult period for the industry it is wonderful to see the Edinburgh Art Festival return and once again provide a platform for emerging and established artists from across Scotland, the UK and the world to share their work.” 

All festival venues will be following the latest government Covid guidelines to ensure visitor safety, and the website will be regularly updated on what audiences can expect during their visit. 

For more information, please visit or follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @EdArtFest #EdArtFest #ArtUnlocks 

Source: EventScotland  

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