Edinburgh Art Festival ‘highlight of the visual arts calendar in Scotland’

Celebrated artist Grayson Perry will hold his first major solo exhibition in Scotland as part of the line-up for the Edinburgh Art Festival.

The former Turner Prize winner’s exhibition Julie Cope’s Grand Tour will be at the city’s Dovecot Studios.

Artists from around the globe feature in the programme for the 16th edition of the festival, which was announced by organisers on Monday.

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art will present a major survey of work by Paisley-born Anya Gallaccio.

As well as a wide range of contemporary art there will be major retrospectives, such as the Bridget Riley exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy,  spanning more than 70 years of the painter’s work.

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The Edinburgh Art Festival takes place during the city’s festival season (Jane Barlow/PA)

Sorcha Carey, festival director, said: “Bringing together national institutions alongside leading contemporary art spaces, commercial art galleries and artist-run initiatives, our Festival is born out of the rich reservoir of knowledge, expertise and passion for the visual arts that characterises our city all year round.

“As ever, the breadth and range of the programme opens up space for surprising connections across time, art form and the city of Edinburgh itself.”

The Fine Art Society will show a group exhibition of portraiture by artists ranging from John Byrne and Jennifer McRae to Eduardo Paolozzi.

Sculptor and former fashion designer Nicole Farhi’s work Writing Heads, a series of 25 busts of 20th century novelists and playwrights, will be on display.

Work by some of the most influential photographers of the 20th century also features, including Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman, Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Amanda Catto, head of visual arts at Creative Scotland, said: “The Edinburgh Art Festival is a highlight of the visual arts calendar in Scotland and an exceptional opportunity for people to experience a rich mix of exhibitions and events across the city.”

The festival runs from July 25 to August 25.

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