Celebrating our 18th year, we welcomed 200k visitors across festival sites and 35+ partner exhibitions in from 28 July – 28 August 2022.

Our commissions programme invited artists and audiences to explore and respond to sites beyond the centre, unfolding westward along the Union Canal, which this year celebrates its 200th anniversary. The theme – The Wave of Translation – took inspiration from John Scott Russell’s (1808-1882) observation of a solitary -soliton- wave, and its influence on fibre-optic technology.

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This year’s events featured both online and in-person activities bringing together artistic collaboration, scintillating conversations, interactive activities and highlighting beautiful hidden venues across the city that welcomed all. With 38 festival lead events catering to children and families with our Art Buds events and Mud Ovens, sensory led events for the visually and hearing impaired, and Art Late 1 and 2 (online), our unique evening events showcasing live shows, artists talks and tasters celebrating the breadth of the festival programme.

Partner Galleries

Through partnership with artist led organisations and galleries, we were able to bring exciting exhibitions by upcoming and world renowned artists from around the world, both historically and contemporary. These artists bring a selection of art and exhibitions that tell a story of history, culture and self. From Ishiuchi Miyako showcase of her most celebrated photo series at Stills, Celine Condorelli’s exhibition that plays on texture and environment at Talbot Rice to Ashanti Harris who uses art to showcase Caribbean culture and discuss cultural identity and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

EAF x The Skinny

In partnership with the skinny, we commissioned four emerging writers to attend the festival and review exhibitions. The emerging writers focused on various aspects of the festival bringing in a fresh voice to arts journalism.

We would like to thank all of the artists, staff, funders and of course you the public for attending and interacting with the festival.