Edinburgh Art Festival 2019 – the numbers paint a pretty picture

Phyllis Stephen , The Edinburgh Reporter, August 28 2019

With world premieres, major retrospectives and work from established and emerging artists among more than 50 exhibitons presented by galleries, pop up venues and historic spaces across the length anbd breadth of the city, the 16th edition of Edinburgh Art Festival  concluded yesterday having recorded over 290,000 attendances. 


Over 80% of the programme is free to attend and 21 community groups were welcomed from across the city to experience hands on art work. The diverse 32-day programme for 2019 featured the work of over 300 artists from Scotland, the rest of the UK and across the world, firmly positioning visual arts at the heart of Edinburgh’s world-famous summer festivals and highlighting the vibrancy of the city’s year-round visual arts offering.


Highlights across the 2019 Festival programme included: