Edinburgh Art Festival 2019: Top five exhibitions

As the 2019 Edinburgh Art Festival begins, our Art Editor picks out five exhibitions to see across the city this August

Feature by Adam Benmahklouf | 25 Jul 2019

Sriwhana Spong

In the new film castle-crystal, Spong brings together the writings of 16th century mystic, St Teresa of Avila, who has already been the subject of feminist study. Spong employs the Saint's idea of an imaginary castle to think about the spaces where women can write and feel free to create, and includes the personal tale of a family bathroom, as well as Javanese poetry. Institut français d’Ecosse, West Parliament Sq, until 25 Aug, 10am-5pm

Nathan Coley

Edinburgh Art Festival always sees the opening of a few venues normally closed to the public, and The Future is Inside Us, It’s not Somewhere Else is worth a visit already just to see Parliament Hall. Coley has installed stunning new works that combine his trademark neon text with bespoke, precious handmade French wallpaper to stunning effect. Parliament Hall, 11 Parliament Sq, until 25 Aug, 10am-5pm

Samson Young

Real Music is the product of Young’s collaboration with University of Edinburgh researchers to create a virtual instrument that pushes the limits of composition and music performance. As part of his musical experiments, Young also includes a work showing musicians playing a classical composition with muted instruments. Talbot Rice Gallery, South Bridge, until 5 Oct, Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm


Each year, Platform centres emerging artists in the Festival's programme. This year, Harry Maberly, Suds McKenna, Anna Danielewicz and Joanne Dawson present their practices, which extend across environmental issues, writing, garment pattern making, fandom, performance and cartooning. Old Fire Station @ ECA, 76 Lauriston Pl,  until 25 Aug, 10am-5pm

Hanna Tuuliki

For Deer Dancer, Tuuliki works across music, costume, choreography, film and print to consider the deer, its cultural connotations of hetero-masculinity and the material and ecological implications of this potent symbolism. Edinburgh Printmakers, 1 Dundee St, until 5 Oct, 10am-5pm (not Mon)

Adam Benmahklouf presents The Noise Of Making Spills Over, a new sound installation at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop as part of EAF – details here

Edinburgh Art Festival 2019, 25 Jul-25 Aug