Edinburgh Art Festival 2018 Partner Exhibition Programme announced Running from 26 July – 26 August, this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival will include exhibitions across 25 venues. Programme highlights include: a Tacita Dean show at The Fruitmarket Gallery that takes performance as its theme; Ollie Dook’s commission for Jupiter Artland, Of Landscape Immersion, which explores the notion that zoos mimic the natural habitat of animals; and Lucy Skaer’s exhibition ‘The Green Man’ at Talbot Rice Gallery featuring newly commissioned work alongside objects drawn from the collection of the University of Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Art Festival commissions and events programme will be announced in the coming months.

Arts sector has lowest gender pay gap While major arts employers (those with over 250 staff) on average pay their male employees 4.4% more per hour, of the 40 arts and culture organisation who reported their gender pay gap to Government, a quarter pay their female staff a higher hourly rate than their male staff. The overall gender pay gap in the arts sector is lower than the 12% average across all employment sectors, however there are a number of arts organisations that have a greater than average gap in favour of men. These include The Southbank centre (18.3%), Live Nation (31%) and The National Gallery (15.2%). Sadler’s Wells has a gender pay gap of 0%, while National Museums of Scotland pay women 15% more than men.

Beninese artist Emo de Medeiros launches crowdfunding campaign to finance the production of installation conceived for Dak’Art 2018 The artwork, titled )U(, is a multimedia and interactive piece that will occupy a 300 square metre room. De Medeiros hopes the work will inspire younger generations in Dakar to continue stretching the boundaries of art practice.

A New York judge has awarded two Nazi-looted Egon Schiele drawings to the heirs of an Austrian Holocaust victim The drawings, Woman Hiding Her Face and Woman in a Black Pinafore, will go to the heirs of Fritz Grunbaum, killed in Dachau concentration camp in 1941.

12 artists shortlisted for Aesthetica Art Prize 2018 David Birkin (USA), Electra Lyhne-Gold (UK), Fabio Lattanzi Antinori (UK), Jiayu Liu (UK), Jukhee Kwon (Italy), Kenji Ouellet (Germany), Laura Woodward (Australia), Lisa Chang Lee (UK), Noémi Varga (UK), Peter Davis (UK), Reginald Van de Velde (Belgium) and Shauna Frischkorn (USA) have been selected for works that question the social and political structures that surround us in this ‘post-truth’ era. Aesthetica director Cherie Federico said: “the works submitted and selected are becoming more dynamic, evoking a range of emotions from despair to hopefulness for a future world where society is more harmonious.”

Tracey Emin tells of sexual assault by female artist Tracey Emin describes to Kenny Goss during a BBC Radio 4 interview how, as a younger artist, she was assaulted at a party by a famous female artist who grabbed her by the crotch, slamming her up against a wall. Said Emin: “I pushed them away and picked up my fist, I was going to punch them. It caused such a scene, and I told everyone what the person had done, much to their humiliation. Sexual harassment is sexual harassment regardless of what sex it is.”

1. Ollie Dook, Visit to the Zoo. Courtesy: the artist and Edinburgh Art Festival

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