Edinburgh Art Festival 2016 programme revealed

Portraiture and international contemporary art feature prominently in this year's event

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Edinburgh Art Festival 2016 programme revealed

Barbara Rae, Spring Tide, Lacken, 2015. Courtesy of Open Eye Gallery

The exhibition programme for the 13th edition of the Edinburgh Art Festival has been announced, and it's a belter. With over 42 exhibitions across 30 venues in the city, the EAF is the UK's largest festival of visual art.

Heading up the programme is an exhibition celebrating 30 years of Inverleith House, which features work by several renowned contemporary artists, including Louise Bourgeois, John McCracken, Joan Mitchell and Robert Ryman. Additionally, a new exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery from Mexican artist Damian Ortega will explore 'The Art of War'.

This year's event has a strong focus on portraiture: a theme which will be explored through various mediums, including painting, film and photography. There's a major survey of self-portraiture at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, with work covering six centuries (and by that, we mean everything from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei's Instagram selfies. Elsewhere, you can see images of contemporary famous faces (with everyone from Benedict Cumberbatch to the Obamas) at The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015.

Other highlights include a major solo show of Barbara Rae's work at Open Eye Gallery, as well as an exhibition tracing the careers of William Gillies and John Maxwell at City Art Centre. New work from Glasgow-based Hayley Tompkins will be exhibited at Jupiter Artland, and there's a solo show by Jennifer Bailey at Collective.

Contemporary art's not the only strand getting a look in, either. There are major historical art exhibitions programmed, including an exploration of 19th-century landscape artist Charles-Francois Daubigny's work at the Scottish National Gallery, and an exhibition of Surrealist works, which comes from four private collections at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

In addition to the city-wide exhibitions, there are also a selection of new multi-media installations and pop-up exhibitions, including a multi-channel video installation by Helen McCrorie at the Glasite House, and an outdoor installation by artists Petter Yxell and Baha Görkem Yalim, curated by ANGL Collective and a transient architectural outdoor installation by Aeneas Wilder.

Speaking about the programme, Sorcha Carey, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival, said: 'We are delighted today to announce details of the full exhibitions programme for the 13th edition of Edinburgh Art Festival. The richness and variety of our partner exhibition programme is second to none, and this year is no exception, bringing together work by artists from across the globe and through the ages – from the Celts to Leonardo da Vinci, and all the way through (by way of Impressionism and Surrealism) to today’s leading contemporary practitioners, as well as the undiscovered greats of tomorrow.'

The Edinburgh Art Festival, Thu 28 Jul – Sun 28 Aug, Various Venues, Edinburgh.

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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