If you’re heading to bonnie Scotland to get your fix of the latest contemporary art this autumn, then you are most certainly in for a treat!
The Edinburgh Art Festival is back once again and is filled to the brim with engaging new pieces sure to delight the thousands of art lovers that flock to the city each year. However, if you’ve only got a few hours to spare during your visit, where should you to head first?
Here is a quick five-minute guide to the best artwork on display at this year’s festival so you can make the most of your time in Edinburgh.
Bridget Riley – National Galleries of Scotland
The first museum survey of Riley’s work to be held in the UK for 16 years, the artist creates dazzling abstract paintings which explore the fundamental nature of perception. Through Riley’s observations of the natural world, inspiration from the work of other artists, and through her own experimentation, the artist has made an investigation of the act of painting and how we as viewers see art as a whole.
Riley is one of the most distinguished and world-renowned artists working today and visitors to Edinburgh can catch this exhibition until the 22nd of September.
Victoria Crowe: 50 Years of Painting – City Art Centre
A collection of more than 150 paintings created throughout a 50-year career, the Victoria Crow collection will be exhibited at the City Art Centre throughout the Edinburgh Art Festival and up until the 13th of October this year.
Showing the artist’s appreciation of early Renaissance and North European painting, visitors can uncover early hidden gems and chart the personal life of the artist through her work. Some notable pieces include the bleak landscape of the Sheep, Shepherdess and Harbour Craig created in 1975 and the later portrait of the eminent psychoanalyst Dr Winifred Rushforth.
Grayson Perry: Julie Cope’s Grand Tour – Dovecot Studios
Available until the 2nd November 2019, Grayson Perry: Julie Cope’s Grand Tour is a series of tapestries. There is also ‘A House for Essex’, an installation designed by the artist dedicated to the life of Julie Cope, a typical Essex woman, rather than a patron saint.
Celebrated Turner Prize winner, Perry shows how different crafts and techniques can be used to create art during this engaging and inspiring exhibition that takes the everyday and transforms it into something truly exceptional.