Opportunity: Pop Up Exhibition & Events at Edinburgh Art Festival

22nd February 2019

Pop Up Exhibition & Events conceived specifically for The Edinburgh Art Festival 2019


Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the platform for the visual arts at the heart of Edinburgh’s August festivals, bringing together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces in a city-wide celebration of the very best in visual art.

Each year, the Festival features leading international and UK artists alongside the best emerging talent, major survey exhibitions of historic figures, and a special programme of newly commissioned artworks that respond to public and historic sites in the city.


In addition to promoting the work of our programme partners, Edinburgh Art Festival invites proposals from within Edinburgh, the rest of the UK and internationally for one-off projects conceived specifically for the Festival. Selected projects will feature in the Festival Guide, website and promotional literature.


Practitioners, curators and organisations working in the field of visual art are invited to propose exhibitions and events (incl. film screenings, performances, panel discussions, artist talks etc) for inclusion in the 2019 Edinburgh Art Festival Programme. Proposals will be assessed on the basis of quality and the extent to which they meet the selection criteria outlined below. Submissions will be reviewed and selected by a panel of curators chaired by Sorcha Carey, Festival Director.


  1. All proposals must demonstrate a high degree of artistic quality, both in the content and presentation of the project.
  2. Proposals will not be accepted from organisations with a year-round programme of visual arts exhibitions in the city: if this describes your work, please visit our website for details of how to become a Festival Partner.
  3. Proposals that have been conceived specifically for the Festival; represent a significant development in the work or ambitions of the artist or organisation involved; take intelligent risk; or encourage audiences to enjoy new or potentially challenging work are particularly welcomed and will be prioritised. Projects or solo showings by artists that have featured in Edinburgh Art Festival programmes of the last 2 years will be considered lower priority for inclusion.
  4. Proposals should show an understanding of the needs of audiences, and address how the presentation and interpretation of work might engage new and existing audiences. Proposals should show a commitment to equality of access for all audiences.
  5. Proposals should address the practicalities of showing in Edinburgh in August. This must include a proposed or confirmed venue, with details of the level of discussions with proposed venues to date. Successful applicants will be required to confirm all venue details by Monday 1 April: any projects without confirmed venue permits by this point will be withdrawn from the Festival programme. Edinburgh Art Festival is unable to provide Festival venues, but may be able to advise on potential spaces and contacts. Please contact info@edinburghartfestival.com for further information.
  6. Proposals should be for projects taking place in the City of Edinburgh (defined according to the boundaries of City of Edinburgh Council). Proposals for events taking place a short journey from the city will be considered, where that proposal can offer direct transport from the city centre (for example, previous Festival programmes have included special bus tours to Little Sparta).

The selection panel can only assess applications on the basis of material submitted. It is therefore essential, and in your interest to supply the highest quality visuals possible, which fully represent your project.

Successful applicants will be asked to pay a participation fee of £250 + VAT. A reduced fee of £90 + VAT will be charged for one-off events or very short exhibitions. Please see below for full payment terms and conditions.

If you/your organisation is unable to afford the participation cost, you may be eligible for a fee waiver, which will be awarded in demonstrable cases of need. If you wish to be considered for a fee waiver, please indicate this at the time of application, and submit a short statement to support your case.

For more information, please contact info@edinburghartfestival.com


Visit the Edinburgh Art Festival website to download the Pop Up Proposal Form.


  • Deadline for proposals (to be received by midnight) 24 February
  • Selection panel convene w/c 4 March
  • Notification of decision w/c 11 March
  • Deadline for venue confirmation 1 April
  • Deadline for project copy for Edinburgh Art Festival Guide 1 April
  • Edinburgh Art Festival launches 25 July
  • Art Late a series of open gallery evening events.
  • Please indicate on your form if you, and the venue, are interested in participating 1, 8, 15 and 22 August
  • Final day of Edinburgh Art Festival 2019 25 August

A Green Pop Up

If you’re interested in creating an event with environmental themes, Creative Carbon Scotland might be able to help. Please get in touch with our Producer, Gemma Lawrence. You can also find out about the Green Tease Network.

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