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Art Diary

Edinburgh Art Festival

30 July 2021

The Edinburgh Art Festival was cancelled last summer, but this year it returns for its 17th edition, with a month of programming that runs from 29 July until 29 August. Highlights among the 35 commissions and exhibitions held across the city include new works by Isaac Julien, Sean Lynch and Emeka Ogboh and major surveys of Joan Eardley at The Scottish Gallery and Charles H. Mackie at the City Art Centre. At the National Museum of Scotland, ‘The Galloway Hoard’ presents newly conserved Viking-age objects to the public for the first time. There is also an online programme of events and digital works; you can find these along with further information on the Edinburgh Art Festival’s website.

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The Lady of the Lake from 'The Lessons of the Hour' (2019), Issac Julien.

The Lady of the Lake (Lessons of the Hour) (2019), Issac Julien. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice

An Anglo-Saxon disc brooch. National Museums Scotland.

An Anglo-Saxon disc brooch from the Galloway Hoard. National Museums Scotland

Girl with a Poke of Chips, Joan Eardley. The Scottish Gallery.

Girl with a Poke of Chips (c. 1960–63), Joan Eardley. Courtesy the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Synthesis (1978), Archie Brennan. Dovecot Studios.

Synthesis (1978), Archie Brennan. Photo: Kenneth Gray. Courtesy Dovecot Studios