Edinburgh Art Festival unveils 2016 exhibitions

Edinburgh Art Festival has announced details of more than 40 exhibitions and events set to take place during this year's festival in August

Feature by News Team | 23 Mar 2016

Mexican artist Damian Ortega presents a solo show at the city's Fruitmarket Gallery, set to span his various practices including performance, video, sculpture and photography, while the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art showcases more than 100 drawings from post-war German artist Joseph Beuys. Jonathan Owen presents a major solo show at the Ingleby Gallery, and there is a major exhibition to celebrate 30 years of the Inverleith House gallery within the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Elsewhere, Jupiter Artland hosts the first permanent UK installation from French sculptor Christian Boltanski, as well as new work from 2013 Venice Biennale exhibitor Hayley Tompkins, while Dovecot Gallery looks at Scottish art from the Second World War to the present day.

Siân Robinson Davies presents work at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, grassroots space The Number Shop hosts a group exhibition by its studioholders, and there will be new work at The Travelling Gallery and City Art Centre courtesy of New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund. 

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery hosts the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015 as well as an exhibition on the history of the self-portrait featuring works from Marina Abramović and Ai Weiwei; this year's programme also features exhibitions at Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh Printmakers, Scottish National Gallery, Rhubaba and the National Museum of Scotland.

Announcing the additions to this year's programme, Edinburgh Art Festival director Sorcha Carey said: "The richness and variety of our partner exhibition programme is second to none, and this year is no exception, bringing together work by artists from across the globe and through the ages – from the Celts to Leonardo da Vinci, and all the way through (by way of Impressionism and Surrealism) to today’s leading contemporary practitioners, as well as the undiscovered greats of tomorrow.”

EAF 2016 will feature 43 exhibitions at partner venues across the city, alongside a host of pop-ups and major commissions including Turner Prize nominee Ciara Phillips's Dazzle Ship project at Leith Docks. EAF will announce the remainder of its events and commissions for 2016 in May; the Edinburgh Art Festival takes place at venues across the city from 28 July to 28 August.

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