Edinburgh Art Festival 2015 programme is announced
- Alex Johnston
- 24 March 2015
For the first time, the EAF features an open call for submissions by early career artists
Edinburgh Art Festival announced its 2015 programme today. For the first time in its 12-year run the festival is issuing an open call for proposals by early career artists, giving recent graduates a chance to have their work seen by an international audience during Edinburgh's festival month, alongside the work of major Scottish and international artists.
The festival features the first solo shows in Scotland by Phyllida Barlow at Fruitmarket Gallery; Kwang Young Chun at Dovecot Studios; Hanne Darboven at Talbot Rice Gallery, and Beatrice Gibson at Collective. Other notable international events are he first solo show in a public gallery by the late John Chamberlain, and the first major solo show in the UK by the remarkable US artist Tara Donovan.
There's also new work by Scottish artists, with shows by Toby Paterson at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and by Sara Barker at Jupiter Artland, as well as the aforementioned open call, which will see a minimum of three submitting artists chosen by a panel including EAF director Sorcha Carey and artists Christine Borland and Craig Coulthard.
The 2015 commissions programme features new work in unusual locations across the city from, among others, Charles Avery and the ever-unpredictable Marvin Gaye Chetwynd. There are live performances in the Associate Programme, a strong photographic component in new exhibitions by Canadian photographer Derek Michael Besant and Scottish duo kennardphillips, and enterprising Edinburgh galleries such as Rhubaba, Collective and The Number Shop will all be hosting EAF shows.
As if that's not enough in a month already stuffed with more things to see and do than anyone could possibly go to, there are examinations of the birth of photography; 19th century Japanese porcelain; panel discussions, sound works and other events. Edinburgh: festival like you mean it.
Edinburgh Art Festival is at various venues in Edinburgh from Thu 30 Jul--Sun 30 Aug 2015.