Edinburgh Art Festival
Turner prize winner Grayson Perry will bring his first solo exhibition to Scotland this summer as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival.
Grayson, who is famous for his vases and tapestries as well as his writing, won the prize in 2003. His Edinburgh exhibition will feature his Julie Cope’s Grand Tour at the Dovecot Studios.
As well as a wide range of contemporary art the festival will include works by a broad range of artists including Bridget Riley, John Byrne, Jennifer McRae, Niall McDiarmid, Ishbel Myerscough and Eduardo Paolozzi.
At the City Art Centre there will be a first major survey of work by Victoria Crowe with more than 150 of her paintings from her youth to the timeless landscapes and portraits of more recent times.
New venues this year include the recently opened Collective on Calton Hill and Edinburgh Printmakers which opens at the end of April in Fountainbridge.
Collective director Katie Gray said: ‘This year will be Collective’s first Edinburgh Art Festival in our new home on Calton Hill and we are delighted to be bringing the whole site to life through a mixture of installation and film work from artists James Richards and Helen McCrorie. We look forward to welcoming visitors from all across the globe to Edinburgh and contributing to this shared celebration of visual art in the city.”
Festival director Sorcha Carey said: “Bringing together national institutions alongside leading contemporary art spaces, commercial art galleries and artist-run initiatives, our festival is born out of the rich reservoir of knowledge, expertise and passion for the visual arts that characterises our city all year round.”
Photographic work will be on show from next month with three of the twentieth century’s most influential photographers featuring in Artist Rooms, a new exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. It includes more than 40 outstanding works, from Francesca Woodman’s experimental images, to Diane Arbus’ raw, compassionate documentary photography, and the touching self-portraits that track the final years of Robert Mapplethorpe’s life.
Sir John Leighton, Director-General, National Galleries Scotland said: “The National Galleries of Scotland is proud to play a central role in Britain’s only major annual festival of the visual arts, contributing to the breadth and range of the programme which characterises the Festival as a whole, with major survey shows, and leading international names appearing alongside emerging artists.”
Edinburgh Art Festival runs from 25 July to 25 August
Artist Rooms: Self Evidence – Photographs by Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe at the National Portrait Gallery from 6 April to 20 October