Edinburgh Art Festival was launched this weekend with more than 50 galleries across the city opening their doors to exhibitions by local and international artists.

The festival has commissioned 3 works: last year’s Turner prize winner Richard Wright has painted an intricate piece on the ceiling of the west stairwell at the Dean Gallery; Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth present Staged at the City Observatory on Carlton Hill – a video installation which looks at performance in the city, and at the Fruitmarket Martin Creed: Down Over Up looks at ideas of progression in the artist’s work.

There are also several performances/interventions taking place over the coming weeks. Read our interview with Neil Mulholland to find out more about An Unco Site! by the Confraternity of Neoflagellants taking place on 7 August. Ross Christie will be moving around the city with his Mobile Art Market showcasing emerging Scottish talent and selling all manner of artists’ printed items. And David Sherry will be performing three new works on the topic of Health and Safety, building on his residency at Deveron Arts earlier this year.

Here at Central Station you can look forward to interviews, reviews and discussions on all aspects of this year’s art festival. Keep your eyes peeled for blogs from our festival writers Tulta Behm and Stuart Fallon and be sure to add your own thoughts too.

Edinburgh Art Festival runs until the 5 September. Full programme details are available here.