Edinburgh Art Festival, the UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art, has announced details of its 2014 festival programme.

The month-long schedule features more than 40 exhibitions, plus events, performances and tours across 30 of the city’s museums and institutions. Also featured are many smaller scale shows in artist-led, temporary and pop-up spaces.

Sorcha Carey, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival, said: “As the only major annual festival dedicated to the visual arts within the UK, Edinburgh Art Festival occupies a uniquely important place in the cultural calendar. Our 2014 programme features an extraordinarily rich series of solo and group presentations of Scottish contemporary artists alongside exhibitions of leading international artists, many showing in the UK for the very first time.”

Highlights of this, the festival’s 11th year, include solo exhibitions by leading contemporary artists Isa Genzken and Wim Delvoye, plus major exhibitions by Susan Hiller, John Byrne and Leon Morrocco, together with a new commission by Tris Vonna-Michell.

Elsewhere, visitors can view a special exhibition, ‘Where do I end and you begin’, which brings together international curators and artists from across the Commonwealth, including celebrated Indian artists, Amar Kanwar and Shilpa Gupta.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: “The Edinburgh Art Festival is a vital component in the success of Edinburgh’s wider festival programme, celebrating some of the very best visual art from Scotland and around the world. In the year of Homecoming, it promotes our fantastic culture, exceptional talent and reputation as a creative nation to a truly global audience.”

Edinburgh Art Festival runs from 31 July until 31 August.

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