Edinburgh Art Festival gets underway


A month long festival to showcase the visual arts in Scotland got underway today.  The Edinburgh Art Festival features exhibitions and events across museums, galleries and pop-up spaces across the city. It brings together new commissions, and includes work by local and international artists.

The Scottish Government, through its Expo Fund, has supported the Solar pavilion in St Andrew Square Garden – a temporary structure designed by artist Karen Forbes.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“Edinburgh’s Festivals make a valuable contribution to our economy, they provide a platform to showcase the wealth of our rich culture and our exceptional creative talent, and raise the international profile of Scotland.

“Solar Pavilion is an exciting new addition to the Art Festival programme providing its first ever hub. Playing host to a series of free events in partnership with local galleries and museums, the Pavilion is a stunning space which will entice a whole new audience to experience the visual arts this festival season.”

Sorcha Carey, Director, Edinburgh Art Festival said:

“We are delighted to launch our first festival pavilion today. Karen Forbes’ Solar Pavilion transparent glass structure is a highly appropriate focal point for our festival which shares the very best of Scottish and international visual art.”

The Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund recognises the exceptional creative talent that exists in Scotland and gives it an international platform on which to excel. It is available to all 12 festivals to support the development of Scottish-based work.