10 Artists Invited to Mark our Dates

Peter Liversidge, Flags for Edinburgh, 2013.

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It was with great sadness that, in April this year, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we announced that the 2020 edition of Edinburgh Art Festival would not take place.

Now, as Edinburgh begins to emerge from lockdown and we reflect on a period of unprecedented global change and upheaval, we have invited 10 artists from previous festival editions, to work with us to mark the dates of what would have been our 2020 festival (30 July – 30 August).

Ruth Ewan; Ellie Harrison; Tam Joseph; Calvin Z Laing; Peter Liversidge; Tamara MacArthur; Rosalind Nashashibi; Rae-Yen Song; Shannon Te Ao; and Hanna Tuulikki each present work as part of this August offering. Combining archival presentations chosen for their resonance in relation to the current context (local and global), alongside specially conceived responses, our selection includes online screenings and live performances as well as a small number of projects appearing in public sites around the city.

Our selection is informed by and seeks to reflect on the profound personal and societal impacts of this global pandemic – as we look to find new ways of communicating and being together; to confront the urgent inequalities in our society; and to imagine new futures.

Above all, we are guided by a desire to connect with artists and audiences, as we look forward with optimism to returning next year.

You can explore the full series of artist responses here.

This series of responses has been made possible thanks to the support of the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.


30 July – 30 August


Online & Around the City