Edinburgh Art Festival is back for 2016 and it is bringing with it some truly stunning pieces of art which have been curated and commissioned solely for the festival. This year’s Art Festival is taking place from 28th July until 28th August and it is known as the UK’s largest annual celebration of visual arts. Over 250,000 visitors come each year and it brings together the city’s leading galleries, museums and art spaces in a celebration of Scottish art and pieces brought in especially for the celebration. There will also be pieces of public art and a programme of innovative special events.
The majority of events at the festival are entirely free of charge and in 2015 there were over 40 exhibitions with a similar number promised for 2016.
Scotland’s Dazzle Ship
Edinburgh docks will be home to their very own Dazzle Ship for the duration of the festival. The ship has been designed by Turner Prize nominated artist, Ciara Phillips who unveiled her design a few months ago and has named it Every Woman. The MV Fingal has been transformed in Leith docks as part of the festival this year and it has been designed as a celebration of the role of women in the First World War.
Many of the pieces at this year’s festival has a First World War theme as it many of the exhibits are celebrating the centenary of the war.
Other pieces confirmed for the festival include a filmed portrait of Owen Dudley Edwards, by Roderick Buchanan and a new work interpreting the female nude by Jonathan Owen. Scottish artist Graham Fagen will be contributing a neon installation and there will be work by other artists including Sally Hackett, The Brownlee Brothers, Paloma Proudfoot and Aniela Piasecka.
This is just a small example of everything that is on show and art fans will not be disappointed. If visiting the city for the festival and whether you decide to visit for a few days or stay for the whole festival, the Royal Scots Club provides a central base from exploring everything that is on at the festival.