Summerhall Festival Visual Arts

02 AUG - 24 SEPT 2017

Summerhall is delighted to present its visual arts programme in the year of the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival that was created “to heal the wounds of war”.

Our concept continues to be an implicit homage to its founding principles and this year we are focusing on the ways art addresses sociopolitical changes and documents the conflicts. The showcase will feature interdisciplinary practices of experimental artists who respond to the challenges of mass migration, rise in nationalism and comment on evolving belief systems.

Private view 2 August 2017

18:00 – 19:00


Summerhall galleries are free

The programme will run from:

2nd August – 24th September 2017

  • Alastair MacLennan

    This retrospective comprises drawings, performance artifacts and video documentation, encapsulating different series of artworks made from the 1970s onwards, up to MacLennan's current practice.

  • Liliane Lijn

    In Early Events (1996-2000), Liliane Lijn brings to Summerhall five narrative sculptures, exhibited for the first time in the UK, that form part of a series in which the artist examines her psyche.

  • European Women's Video Art

    The exhibition is a collaboration between Summerhall and EWVA (European Women’s Video Art in the 1970s and 1980s), an AHRC funded research project, based at Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee

  • Colombo Art Biennale

    The Sri Lankan programme presented at the 2017 Festival is an interlinked journey of theatre, installation, visual and performance art.

  • SURA MEDURA, Sri Lanka

    The Sura Medura International Residency has been welcoming European artists to live and work in Sri Lanka since 2006. Artists are invited to make work that could only be made in Sri Lanka.

  • Rose Frain

    This Time in History, What Escapes is an installation about Afghanistan, where the humanitarian and political crisis continues and ISIL/Islamic State is gaining ground.

  • Bridging 1977

    Artists Climb New York City’s Largest Bridges Embracing Manhattan as Media Sculpture – 40 Year Anniversary

  • Jane Frere

    Artist and theatre designer Jane Frere has worked in a variety of media over many years.

  • Rock against racism posters

    From fly-posting to picture frame, from street to gallery, Richard Lees‘ This Is Hull! Rock Against Racism Posters is a visually stunning retrospective of original silk screen prints.

  • Rudolph von Ripper

    The Austrian aristocrat Baron Rudolph von Ripper was an internationally acclaimed printmaker and painter and a contemporary of Otto Dix, George Grosz and Käthe Kollwitz.

  • A Lady's Not A Gent's

    The Urinal is the first great feminist work of art, created by Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven in 1917 as a protest against America’s declaration of war on Germany.

  • Elsa in Philadelphia

    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.


    The exhibition communicates an alternative narrative about the “refugee crisis”. It challenges the dehumanising and depoliticising rhetoric of mainstream media using artworks.


    Sir Muirhead Bone was a Scottish etcher, drypoint and watercolour artist who became known for his depiction of industrial and architectural subjects Britain’s first official war artist.


    The Demarco European Art Foundation in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University present the art of Aletia Upstairs in the form of a Happening, entitled ‘The Artist as Explorer’


    An Edinburgh Arts Festival outreach project in collaboration with Summerhall.