Edinburgh Art Festival reveals its partner exhibition programme for 2018

Phyllida Barlow in her studio. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Edinburgh Art Festival, the only major annual event dedicated to the visual arts within the UK, has revealed the first details of its 15th edition, bringing together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces in a city-wide celebration of the very best in visual art.

This year, the partner programme will present over 36 exhibitions across more than 25 venues, combining ambitious presentations of Scottish and international contemporary art with landmark art historical survey shows and newly commissioned work across the capital’s leading galleries and museums.

It will feature major presentations by esteemed contemporary artists such as Tacita Dean, Jenny Saville, Joana Vasconcelos, Lucy Skaer and Victoria Crowe. Landmark surveys of major figures in the history of art will include the largest display of work by Canaletto ever to be shown in Scotland, an exploration of the extraordinary impact of Rembrandt’s work in Britain, only to be seen in Edinburgh, and a retrospective of the great German Expressionist painter, Emil Nolde.

2018’s Festival will also offer the opportunity to see newly commissioned work by rising stars of contemporary sculpture as well as leading established artists, including Phyllida Barlow, one of the most lauded British sculptors working today. Group exhibitions across the Festival will feature some of the most respected Scottish and international contemporary artists, with themes of the natural world, our metaphysical relationship to space, landscape and environment, and the deep-seated affective power of place and belonging recurring throughout.

Edinburgh Art Festival runs from 26 July—26 August 2018. To find out more, visit edinburghartfestival.com. Its full programme will be announced in July.

'DOZEN' – Alessandro Di Massimo, MELON Slice 5, Fiona Beveridge, 2017

'DOZEN' – Alessandro Di Massimo, MELON Slice 5, Fiona Beveridge, 2017

‘Dialogical Possibilities: Visualising Urban Nature and Wildness in Scotland and India’ Work by Ravi Argawal

‘Dialogical Possibilities: Visualising Urban Nature and Wildness in Scotland and India’ Work by Ravi Argawal

‘Beyond Likeness’ Victoria Crowe (b. 1945) Ronald Stevenson, 1928 - 2015. Composer and pianist, 1983 Oil on hardboard, 71.20 x 91.40 cm Collection: National Galleries of Scotland, purchased 1983 © Victoria Crowe

‘Beyond Likeness’ Victoria Crowe (b. 1945) Ronald Stevenson, 1928 - 2015. Composer and pianist, 1983 Oil on hardboard, 71.20 x 91.40 cm Collection: National Galleries of Scotland, purchased 1983 © Victoria Crowe

‘Canaletto & the Art of Venice’ Canaletto The Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day c.1733–4 Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

‘Canaletto & the Art of Venice’ Canaletto The Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day c.1733–4 Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

'Art of Glass' Alter by Helen Maurer, 2017. Photo credit Sebastian Sharples

'Art of Glass' Alter by Helen Maurer, 2017. Photo credit Sebastian Sharples

Joana Vasconcelos, Red Independent Heart #3, 2008. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Joana Vasconcelos, Red Independent Heart #3, 2008. Photograph courtesy of the artist

‘Colour is Life’ Emil Nolde (1867-1956) Landscape (North Friesland), (Landschaft (Nordfriesland)),1920 Oil on canvas, 86.5 x 106.5 cm © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

‘Colour is Life’ Emil Nolde (1867-1956) Landscape (North Friesland), (Landschaft (Nordfriesland)),1920 Oil on canvas, 86.5 x 106.5 cm © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll