EAF 2023: Scotland’s International Art Fair
Edinburgh Art Fair is back with another dynamic programme of art, music, talks and workshops, alongside a carefully considered lineup of food and drinks featuring some truly spectacular art puns
Edinburgh Art Fair returns to the O2 Academy this November with a three day creative extravaganza in the former Corn Exchange. Featuring hundreds of visual artists local and international, the fair also hosts EAF LIVE, a programme of live music, artist Q&As, family-friendly creative workshops, bars and street food vendors, including the inimitably-named ‘The Salvador Deli’ Bánh Mì.
Founded on the ethos that art should be for everyone, the fair offers the opportunity to buy work by household names but also maybe fall in love with pieces from self-taught, outsider artists and emerging talent. Internationally-renowned artists will rub shoulders with recent graduates, with galleries arriving in the capital from throughout the UK and Ireland, Europe, South America, and the Far East, with some travelling from as far afield as South Korea, Japan, and Peru.
Exhibitors to look out for this year include Galerie Barroue Planquart (France), Diverso Art (Peru), Anatoliy Anshin Photography (Japan), Samseyoung Art Gallery and Museum (South Korea), Cube Gallery (London), Kingfisher Art (Chipping Norton), Gallery 545 (Belfast), Patriothall Collective (Edinburgh), Castlegate House Gallery (Cumbria), The Art Agency (Surrey), Synergy Fine Art (London), Staithes Studios (Yorkshire), CCA Galleries International (Jersey), and Edinburgh’s Robertson Fine Art.
The workshop programme includes drop-in sessions for kids with materials and creative inspiration provided (free of charge) by Edinburgh Art Shop's talented staff. Children's author Helen Watson will appear on Sunday, with a reading from her latest book Oor Haggis and fun activities around Scotland's wild creatures. On the Friday, artist Harti will be offering an insight into the creative process with a live Q&A.
The live music programme looks set to be buzzing too. There’ll be acoustic sets from a range of musicians in the afternoons, while in the evenings the Live Lounge will transform into a live music venue, with five acts performing on each of the Friday and Saturday nights. Look out for The Dana Dixon Band, Ant Thomaz, and winner of The Voice UK, Stevie McCrorie. To find out more (and book your tickets), head to artedinburgh.com
Edinburgh Art Fair, O2 Academy Edinburgh, 17-19 Nov, £7.50-45