Edinburgh Art Festival launches for 2013

Packed programme features talents such as Robert Montgomery, Peter Liversidge and Christine Borland

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Edinburgh Art Festival launches for 2013

It’s no small coincidence that as the sun finally appears, the Edinburgh Art Festival has launched its programme for 2013. Colourful and smile-inducing, the programme features great venues, major new solo exhibitions and some enticing new commissions, with a line-up of 45 exhibitions across 30 of the city’s galleries, museums and pop-ups.

Among the many highlights, look out for a handful of publicly sited pieces from such talents as Robert Montgomery, best known for his poetic sculptures; Peter Liversidge, inspiring the city to fly their white flags to the mast and say HELLO; Glasgow's Christine Borland collaborating with New York based video artist Brody Condon; musician and occasional One Ensemble collaborator Sarah Kenchington constructing an instrument from 100 decommissioned organ pipes; and Katri Walker’s multi-channel audio-visual installation. Experimental composer Daniel Padden and Peter Nicholson complete the line-up of new commissions with The Complaints Choir, which invites people to sing their complaints out loud.

Elsewhere, throughout August, there will be major new shows from Mexico-born artist Gabriel Orozco at the Fruitmarket, as well as works from room-fixated German artist Gregor Schneider and conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. Adding to the EAF’s charms is the sprinkling of new venues this year, including the use of gallus gothic kirk, the Trinity Apse, for Kenchington’s aforementioned installation. Well known spaces will be reimagined too, with a huge 1.3 tonne stone library being installed at the National Museum of Scotland, as part of artist Ilana Halperin’s contribution to the programme.

Also keep ‘em peeled for a major exhibition on the life of Mary Queen of Scots, a century of fashion photography from Conde Nast’s archives, avant-garde artist Man Ray portraits at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and an examination on witchcraft at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Other top contributions come from Alasdair Gray, Alan Davie and John Byrne, whose work on new hand-tufted rugs will be shown at Dovecot.

Edinburgh Art Festival runs from 1 Aug-1 Sep.

Edinburgh Art Festival

Scotland’s largest annual celebration of visual art offers work by the best contemporary Scottish artists as well as exhibitions of the most important international artists and movements of the 20th century and other historical periods.

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