The 2015 EAF Programme features performances, guided tours, workshops and talks by some of the world’s leading artists and curators throughout 30 July – 30 August. Highlights include a series of artist performances to run alongside the 2015 EAF Commissions Programme, uniting some of the most innovative artists from across the globe to create work under the theme of The Improbable City – a response to the unique fairy-tale architecture and setting of Edinburgh. Performances include The King Must Die by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd; SING SIGN: a close duet by Hanna Tuulikki; and a special one-off live performance combining electronic music and field recordings of dolphins and whales by Mexican artist Ariel Guzik, to accompany his first exhibition in the UK. Each year EAF’s popular Festival Detours brings a series of intimate live performances by leading and emerging stars to the city’s museums and galleries. This year’s programme will see acclaimed comedian Phill Jupitus perform live in Inverleith House; poet Carol Ann Duffy at Talbot Rice Gallery; A Pocket Full of Grimms, a children’s theatre show, at Jupiter Artland; and upcoming music sensation, Man of Moon, at Collective.
The 2015 Events Programme also sees the return of EAF Explorers, a special activity trail for families; Art Late, a popular series of specially programmed late openings and events; and an EAF Film Club to accompany Platform: 2015, an exhibition of early career artists selected by open call; as well as the festival’s Tourist-in-Residence, a series of alternative tours of the city led by artist Catherine Street. Street will lead three performative tours exploring some of the more improbable spaces in the city – including The Book of Money, a look at Edinburgh’s longstanding relationship with the financial industry, and a visit to the city’s newest institution, The Library of Mistakes, a reading room dedicated to the world history of economic successes and failures.
The wider festival programme will include regular opportunities to hear artists talk about their work, including Charles Avery in conversation with Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Director Simon Groom at Ingleby Gallery; a tour led by Tara Donovan at Jupiter Artland where the artist will select several works within the sculpture park’s permanent collection that reflect her exhibition; a panel discussion with curators from the Hanne Darboven Foundation and Talbot Rice Gallery, on Darboven’s legacy as one of the 20th century’s most idiosyncratic conceptual artists; and a part-improvised, group-vocal acoustic performance work by Deb Marshall created within and in response to the vast, neo-classical ‘Adam Dome’ of H.M. General Register House.
Artists present performances as part of their work created for Edinburgh Art Festival’s 2015 Commissions Programme, housed in exciting off-site locations.
30 July, 8, 15 & 29 August | Fountains Close
SING SIGN is an intimate performance devised for the closes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Composed by Hanna Tuulikki, and performed with Daniel Padden, the work combines music and gestures drawn from British Sign Language to reflect on how our experience of the city is inseparable from the the languages that we speak. The performance on 15 August will be followed by a BSL Tour of the Old Town led by Karen Forbes at 3:15pm.
1, 22 & 29 August | Old Royal High School
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
Known for her deliberately shambolic and lo-fi performances, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s new work The King Must Die explores the ancient Greek cult of the Mother Goddess, immersing us in an intense and supremely pagan celebration of feminity and female power.
1 August | Trinity Apse
Mexican artist Ariel Guzik gives a live soundscape and performance of a specially devised set combining electronic music and field recordings of whales and dolphins, with Alejandro Colinas and Emilio Galvez. Field recordings by Nature Expression and Resonance Research Laboratory.
Enjoy a late breakfast with this year’s commissioned artists. The artists will discuss their work with specialists from areas related to their practice, over coffee and croissants.
30 July | Ingleby Gallery
Charles Avery in conversation with Simon Groom, Director of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
1 August | Trinity Apse
Ariel Guzik in conversation with Mark Simmonds OBE and Nicola Triscott, Arts Catalyst
2 August | 9 – 11 Blair Street
Julie Favreau, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd in conversation with author Edward Hollis, and curator Sorcha Carey.
9 August | 9 – 11 Blair Street
Hanna Tuulikki in conversation with writer and curator Ella Chmielewska.
16 August | 9 – 11 Blair Street
Emma Finn in conversation with Sorcha Carey.
23 August | 9 – 11 Blair Street
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd in conversation with Professor Neil Mulholland.
4 & 18 August | 9 – 11 Blair Street
Accompanying Platform: 2015, this year’s Film Club offers an opportunity to see artist films from across Scotland. Join us for an evening of screenings curated by artist-led gallery, Embassy in Edinburgh and Luke Collins, Project Manager for artist’s moving image agency LUX Scotland, Glasgow.
Art Late is a series of specially programmed late openings and events, taking in live music, performances, artist talks and tours. This year offers even more opportunities to enjoy the evening programme.
13 August | 6 – 10:30pm
Including Ingleby Gallery, Old Royal High School, Collective, Stills, Edinburgh Printmakers, Inverleith House and GARAGE
20 August | 6 – 10:30pm
Including Talbot Rice Gallery, Stills, Number Shop, National Portrait Gallery and Dovecot Studios, with a special Curator’s tour of the exhibitions at Dovecot Studios, a 10% discount on selected textile products, a weave demonstration by Apprentice Weaver Ben Hymers and a gun-tufting demonstration by Trainee Tufter Vana Coleman. Featuring band Miaoux Miaoux to close the evening, with additional support from Blue Moon.
Each year the festival works with locally based artists, offering unique perspectives of the city through one-off tours. This year, artist and writer Catherine Street will be leading three new tours of venues across Edinburgh taking inspiration from the theme of this year’s commissions programme: The Improbable City. Each afternoon during the festival, there are guided tours of venues, leaving from the festival Kiosk on EAF Kiosk on 9-11 Blair St, EH1 1QR. With different routes to choose from, these are a great way to find your way through the city and explore the festival. Additionally, every Friday at 1pm, you can end the week with a Walking Lunch Tour. Armed with a brown-bag lunch, this tour is designed to give you a snapshot of the festival during your lunch break.
EAF takes place from 30 July – 30 August. For the full festival programme and booking details visit www.edinburghartfestival.com or go to the Edinburgh Art Festival Kiosk on 9-11 Blair Street, EH1 1QR.
See Festival Director Sorcha Carey’s initial response to the festival programme and exhibition recommendations on Central Station here.
Find more events in our weekly bulletin here.