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Edinburgh Art Festival 2005

Launch 28 July 2005

Over thirty galleries will take part in this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, which will complement and run concurrently with Edinburgh’s other major festivals in August.

Talbot Rice Gallery entrance; Courtesy Talbot Rice Fruitmarket Gallery upper gallery; Photo: Fruitmarket Gallery The gallery. Courtesy: Edinburgh Printmakers  Labour in Vain, Ryan Doolan. Courtesy: Collective Gallery
The galleries will exhibit a range of new and existing artwork, including:

  • work by internationally renowned artists,
  • works loaned from some of the world’s most prestigious and important collections,
  • artistic talent from Scotland and
  • exciting collaborative projects by artists working across different media including site-specific installations. 

Highlights at Edinburgh Art Festival

Among the highlights of this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival are major ‘blockbuster’ exhibitions planned by Scotland’s national arts organisations. These include:

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson – one of the giants in the history of photography, at the Dean Gallery – the only UK venue for this world tour;
  • Francis Bacon, one of the most important British artists of the 20th century, at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art;
  • rare court costumes and Fabergé items from St Petersburg at the Royal Museum illustrating the history of Nicholas and Alexandra: The Last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia; and
  • Gauguin’s Vision at the Scottish National Gallery.

Events and exhibitions unique to Edinburgh which have been programmed to take place during the Art Festival include:

  • Cai Guo Qiang’s ‘black rainbow’ suspended over Edinburgh Castle made from over two thousand black pyrotechnic smoke shells alongside an exhibition of his work at the Fruitmarket Gallery;
  • Edinburgh-based philosopher and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay who marks his 80th birthday with exhibitions at the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Ingleby Gallery and the Scottish National Poetry Library; and
  • The Healing Touch at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery which celebrates Edinburgh’s Royal College of Surgeons’ 500th year with a look at Scottish men and women who have pioneered medicine.

International artists of outstanding quality and leading Scottish artists are also exhibiting in Edinburgh in August including: Greek artist Jannis Kounellis at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Portuguese painter Paula Rego at the Talbot Rice Gallery; fifteen contemporary Japanese artists at the Merz Gallery; and ‘Looking Both Ways’ at the City Art Centre, an exhibition of work by twelve contemporary African artists curated by the Museum for African Art in New York.

Scottish artists taking part, who already have international profiles, include:

  • Glasgow-based Claire Barclay with a new site-specific sculptural installation at doggerfisher;
  • Jackie Anderson’s figurative paintings at the Amber Roome Gallery;
  • Leon Morrocco at the Open Eye Gallery; and
  • for the first time the RSA Annual Exhibition will take place in August showcasing the works of the 127 Academy members alongside a number of invited artists at the Royal Scottish Academy.    

Participating galleries

Amber Roome Contemporary Art
Assembly Rooms
Bourne Fine Art
City Art Centre
Collective Gallery
Dean Gallery
Edinburgh College of Art
Edinburgh Printmakers
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
The Embassy
E m e r g e D Edinburgh
The Fruitmarket Gallery
Ingleby Gallery
Inverleith House
Merz Gallery
Open Eye Gallery
The Queens Gallery
Royal Museum
Royal Scottish Academy Building
Royal Scottish Academy
The Scottish Gallery
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Scottish Poetry Library
Stills Gallery
Talbot Rice Gallery
Total Kunst
Travelling Gallery
WASPS Patriothall Gallery 

Related links
* More Edinburgh festivals
* Summer Festivals across Scotland
* Festivals diary
* More events
* Back to Summer festivals homepage
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