Edinburgh Art Festival announces 2015 programme

Feature by News Team | 24 Mar 2015

The programme for this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival has been unveiled, with over 40 exhibitions, installations and events set to take place in the city this August.

The headline works for this year's festival include the debut Scottish shows from sculptor Phyllida Barlow and Korean artist Kwang Young Chun, as well as a major solo show for US expressionist sculptor John Chamberlain and works by Scottish artists Toby Paterson and Sara Barker.

The EAF’s 2015 commissions programme includes a new solo exhibition by Charles Avery, continuing his ongoing project The Outsiders, as well as new work by Turner Prize alumna Marvin Gaye Chetwynd. More details of this year’s commissions – based around the theme of ‘The Improbable City' – will be announced next month.

Our very own exhibition – The Skinny Showcase – will return, presenting work by some of Scotland’s best emerging artists. Last year’s show featured work by Caitlin Hynes, Fiona Beveridge, Melanie Letore and Edward Humphrey, winner of the Fleming-Wyfold Bursary at this year’s RSA New Contemporaries exhibition

Sculptor Lauren Gault will produce a new installation at Jupiter Artland alongside work from Samara Scott, while France-Lise McGurn will create an immersive installation as part of Collective Gallery’s Satellites programme. The Festival will also host its first open call for work by early career artists, with winners selected by Christine Borland, Craig Coulthard, and Festival director Sorcha Carey.

In the Festival’s strand of retrospectives and historic work, there are Roy Lichtenstein and M.C. Escher exhibitions at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, a show at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery focusing on the relationship between Pablo Picasso and the US photographer Lee Miller, and an exhibition of rarely-seen works by the late John Bellany at Open Eye Gallery curated by his wife Helen.

The 2015 Edinburgh Art Festival runs from 30 July to 31 August at venues across Edinburgh.

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