Edinburgh Art Festival 2018 celebrates the best of visual art for its 15th edition
- Katharine Gemmell
- 26 March 2018
Solo presentations by female artists and comprehensive art-historical survey shows are at the centre of this year's art festival
Edinburgh Art Festival has announced the first details of the 15th edition of one of the biggest annual festivals dedicated to the visual arts in the UK. This year the partner programme will feature over 35 exhibitions in 22 venues across the city to celebrate the very best in the visual art world.
For the 2018 programme it's all about the women, with a remarkable number of solo presentations by female artists, including exhibitions by contemporary artists Tacita Dean, Jenny Saville, Joana Vasconcelos, Lucy Skaer and Victoria Crowe. Highlights include Tacita Dean's display of landscape, portrait and still life that examines the theme of performance at Fruitmarket Gallery. Phyllida Barlow's commision for Jupiter Artland's tenth anniversary titled quarry is another highpoint and features three sculptural objects that embody her trademark textural style.
Themes that are prevalent at this year's festival are the natural world; our relationship to space, landscape and the environment; and the power of place, community and belonging. Space and the environment are explored by Ravi Agarwal in his show at Edinburgh Printworks, which draws from experiences in New Delhi to deal with the challenges posed to urban nature in Scotland. Over at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, the themes of place, community and belonging are manifested in newly commissioned work from Birthe Jorgensen, Santiago Poggio and Scott Rodger which was the culmination of a six-month international exchange between Scotland and Argentina.