Summerhall Festival Visual Arts
Summerhall is delighted to present its visual arts programme. Our concept continues to be an implicit homage to the founding principles of the Edinburgh Festival and this year we are focusing on the ways art addresses socio-political changes and documents the conflicts.
On the 50th anniversary of the 1968 protests we will showcase the interdisciplinary practices of experimental artists who respond to the challenges of the world’s shifting powers and comment on evolving belief systems. We hope to engage, inspire and provoke dialogue.
The programme will run from:
Pussy Riot championed gender equality, LGBT rights, environmental activism and called for a female president. They challenged masculine authority and stood for freedom of expression.
We know the imagery of Orson Welles and the themes of power & love that he addressed, but these sketches and drawings, many exhibited for the first time, give us new insights into his life and work.
Paintings exploring themes of military, social and political conflict around the world dating from the artist’s appointment as the Imperial War Museum’s official artist for the Gulf War of 1990-91.
‘Kurt Schwitters has left the building’ explores what's saved with art-work, what might be salvaged or re-built in reconstructing its stories and how these stories sustain or possess a legacy.
UZ Arts presents the work of 14 UK based artists who have been resident at Sura Medura in Sri Lanka over the winter of 2017/2018. The programme includes performances, installations, video and visual arts.
This exhibition curated by Summerhall documents Bbeyond’s history, following on from the powerful exhibition of 200 hundred drawings, installations in our 2017 programme and performances by Prof. Alastair MacLennan and Prof. Sandra Johnston.
From the Demarco archives - including a memorial to John Martin, co-founder of The Traverse and Forth Studios design agency.
This showing is from the artist's collection. TIG presented complex often surreal truths t0 belie or satirise stereotyping by news media or propaganda such as that of sectarian muralists.
Half a century old lingers on in our social memory as a momentous revolutionary date in cultural history, of valiant protests demanding equality and freedoms, confronted by state repression on both sides of the Cold War.
XSexcentenary are a female collective that identify as older and create and perform work underpinned by themes of feminism, ageing and abhorring ageism.
Edinburgh People is a photographic journey through the lens of an Edinburgh taxi driver. Using his black taxi as his mobile studio, Walls frames an ode of his city. Showcased under an unobtrusive taxi backdrop is an anecdotal narrative that brings his portraiture of life.
CAT (Creative, Aesthetic,Transgression) started life several years ago as a social media project.
Discover the ‘urmutter’ of modernism, a great neglected feminist artist and watch all the myths about modern art evaporate before your eyes.
Elsa in Philadelphia fills in the gaps in the critical period between Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s disappearance from New York and re-emergence in Philadelphia in the spring of 1917.
Britain’s first official war artist, Muirhead Bone trained at Glasgow School of Art and was posted to France in 1916, arriving during the battle of the Somme.