Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK's largest annual festival of visual art, attracting nearly 300,000 attendances in 2014. We bring together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events. Our programme is unique in combining ambitious presentations of contemporary art alongside major solo and survey shows of artists from the 20th century and historic movements. Our commissions programme champions new work by Scottish and international artists. The vast majority of the festival is free to attend.
Edinburgh Art Festival is made possible through the generous support and sponsorship of a range of organisations.
Alongside the rich programme of exhibitions organised by our partner galleries, each year the festival commissions new work by leading and emerging Scottish artists, with a special emphasis on publicly sited projects. This year’s commissions programme is titledThe Improbable City.
Our 2015 programme will also include for the first time, a group exhibition dedicated to providing early career artists with more opportunities to participate in the festival.