Thank You!

1st December 2016

Many thanks to the 13,000 art lovers who came through the doors at EAF2016 and helped make the fair a huge success. There were over 1200 art sales recorded over the weekend with many of our exhibiting galleries reporting some good after sales. The exhibitors this year displayed a vast and eclectic mix of artworks with mediums in painting, original printmaking, photography, bronze sculpture, stone and marble carvings, glassware and hand made bespoke jewellery all represented. The art fair this year catered for traditional, modern, contemporary, cutting edge and conceptual art lovers and prices ranged from tens of pounds to tens of thousands of pounds meaning there was genuinely "Art for Everyone!" Artists Jamie Frost and Damian Callan both entertained restaurant goers with their live art sessions where each of them created huge artworks in charcoal, while Art in Healthcare organised a series of artist demonstrations from the likes of Sara Beevers, Toby Paterson, Trevor Jones, Jayne Stokes, Olivia Irvine, Ann Oram and Jenny Smith. There was plenty for children to do with the drop in and play centre run by East Lothian Special Needs Playschemes. The Edinburgh Art Shop ran Open Easel Sessions for anyone wanting to try their hand at painting and Leo du Feu was there over the weekend with his now customary Kid's Art Classes. This years Fair demonstrated just how far we have come over the last 12 years and we have plans in place which we hope will help us to raise the profile of the event even further and make EAF even bigger and better than what it already is. We are very proud of what we have achieved so far but will not stop trying to improve the event for all our loyal supporters as we aim to make the Edinburgh Art Fair the best we possibly can for everyone. Thanks again to all those who exhibited and visited this year and we look forward to seeing you all at EAF2017.





The 12th annual Edinburgh Art Fair is upon us! We are looking forward to another great year of welcoming new exhibitors and visitors to the Corn Exchange and to having a weekend full of fun filled art activities and chat, viewing, and sales. We are excited about seeing galleries old and new and some who have not been with us in Edinburgh for a few years but who are descending on our beautiful city once again to take part in what is undoubtedly the UK's fastest growing art fair. Galleries from around the UK and Ireland, Spain and Cyprus, will be showcasing the talents of artists from all four corners of the globe. Emerging, mid-career, and established artists, will hang alongside recent graduates and first time exhibitors, bringing a wealth of talent, enthusiasm, and creativity to our little corner of the art world where we hope to find new friends for our exhibitors and discover new artists and new homes for the work that they bring. A full list of exhibiting galleries can be viewed on the exhibitor page of the website, and a floorplan showing the location of all the galleries can be accessed via the top of each page. For all those visiting and exhibiting this weekend we wish you all the very best for an enjoyable and successful EAF2016  



EAF2016 - Exhibitor Applications Now Invited

April 2016




We are now inviting applications for the last few remaining stands for EAF2016. Applications are invited from galleries, art dealers and artist collectives who are looking to promote their business to a knowledgeable and discerning audience. EAF offers a platform for galleries to showcase the work of their artists to a clientelle who, in most cases, will be new to them. The Fair attracts people from all walks of life: young professionals and families, seasoned art collectors, consultants, curators, professionals and, first time buyers. What they all have in common is a desire to see, and buy, a wide and varied mix of contemporary art.

The Fair regularly attracts upwards of ten thousand visitors and sees individual sales of over 1000 artworks, all of which are complimentary and professionally wrapped by our official packers; Mail Boxes Etc, Edinburgh.

Last years record breaking attendance of 13,500 people, purchased over 1,250 individual pieces, ranging in price from £100 to £40,000. 

Galleries interested in participating in Scotland's premier Art Fair should complete the online Exhibitor Application Form located here;

Hamish Henderson,' A Life Lived", by Charles Nasmyth.

October 20th 2015


Hamish Henderson, at home in his study, by Charles Nasmyth, 2015.


This year we are delighted to announce an exhibition of paintings and preliminary sketches and drawings depicting Hamish Henderson, one of the most interesting and important figures in post war Scotland's cultural renaissance.

This will be curated by artist Charles Nasmyth who first showed at the inaugural Edinburgh Art Fair in 2005, or, for the purists, Cafe (Contemporary Art Fair Edinburgh) as it was known. Back then Charles' subject was the poet William McGonagall, and the exhibition was made up of the original artworks which he later had published in his book; 'The comic legend of William McGonagall'. 

We are very excited to be hosting this exhibition celebrating the life of Hamish Henderson, and honoured that Charles has chosen the EAF for the unveiling of his finished painting.

Please read on;

The Artist

Charles Nasmyth is a professional artist and teacher who has worked for the last twenty-five years at Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh. A very talented and eclectic image maker with an interest in literary subjects, he is also a painter of landscapes, portraits and figurative subjects, and has brought both kinds of work together in an exhibition for this year’s Edinburgh Art Fair.  He first exhibited his landscape work in Edinburgh during the 1988 Festival with an exhibition entitled Landscapes of Highland Britain, which reflected his interest in the wild environments of Scotland, Wales and England. Always an adventurous walker, a number of his mountain landscapes have evolved from sketches made at high altitude, including one at 9000 feet in the Alpes Maritimes. Many examples of his landscape work will be for sale in the current exhibition, and he will also be demonstrating his skills in portraiture over the three days of the event as he works on a portrait of Mr Andy McDougall, founder of the Edinburgh Art Fair. The artist’s portrait of Richard Demarco CBE, which appears in the September/October edition of Edinburgh Life magazine, will also be on display. Charles will be available to discuss commissions for both portrait and landscape subjects.

It was at the inaugural Edinburgh Art Fair, in 2005, that Charles first showcased the original artwork for his graphic novel The Comic Legend of William McGonagall, which was subsequently published by Waverley Books, and later attracted the attention of the BBC, Scotland on Sunday and Independent newspapers. Since then, the artist has produced images based on the life and work of Robert Burns, frequently with an educational purpose in mind. His series of paintings based on Tam o’ Shanter, complete with a recitation by Kevin Thompson, can be found on You Tube and Teacher Tube. Other paintings by him on the theme of the poet have also appeared in both the World Burns Chronicle and Edinburgh Life. This work led to a commission from the Editor-in-Chief of the Burns Encyclopaedia, Professor David Purdie, to paint a picture depicting the meeting of Robert Burns and Jenny Cruickshank. The painting, which showed Burns setting the folksongs he had collected to music with the help of a talented young harpsichordist, underlined the late eighteenth century poet’s importance as a folklorist to his age. In much the same way, Nasmyth’s new portrait of the twentieth century poet and folklorist, Hamish Henderson, emphasizes his importance to our age. The painting will be on exhibition for the first time at the 2015 Edinburgh Art Fair.

The Subject

Charles Nasmyth’s large portrait of Hamish Henderson came about as the result of an introduction by Richard Demarco to the poet’s widow, Felicity, at last year’s Edinburgh Art Fair. The artist followed up Demarco’s suggestion that he should attempt a portrait of the poet who had died in 2002, because there were very few painted images of him in existence. With the enthusiastic support of Felicity, Charles set about researching the poet’s life, work and personality.

Hamish Henderson is considered by many to be a key figure in Scotland’s post war cultural renaissance, as a poet, a folklorist and co-founder of the School of Scottish

Studies at Edinburgh University. He was born on the 11th November 1919, to a single mother in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, but moved to the southwest of England whilst he was still a boy. Sadly, his mother died whilst living there, but Hamish, who became a brilliant linguist, won a scholarship to Dulwich College and studied Modern Languages at Downing College Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge he became enthused with radical socialist ideas, and in the weeks leading up to the outbreak of World War Two assisted Jews to escape from Nazi Germany. At first, he took a pacifist stance over the war but soon came to believe that no peaceful solution could be reached to counter the threat posed by fascism and eventually took a commission in the army as an intelligence officer. With a command of six European languages and an impressive fluency in German, he became very effective at interrogating captured German and Italian soldiers during the North African and Italian campaigns. It was during the war years that he started his series of moving war poems, Elegies for the Dead in Cyrenaica, which later won him the Somerset Maugham Award in 1948. At the end of the war he supervised the drafting of the surrender order read out to the Italian Fascist troops by Marshal Graziani, who was later convicted as a war criminal. It is alleged that Hamish kept the surrender document for the rest of his life. Also, during the Italian campaign the poet started to collect the lyrics of popular songs sung by the soldiers, including the still well known D-Day Dodgers sung to the tune of Lili Marlene.  

After the war, Hamish immersed himself in revitalizing the Scottish folk tradition, travelling the length and breadth of the country recording and collecting folksong. He was responsible for bringing the gypsy folksinger Jeannie Robertson to public attention and was deeply involved in the promotion of the Edinburgh People’s Festival in 1951. His thinking on popular culture was strongly influenced by the writing of the Italian Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci, and he was later to translate the thinkers Prison Letters into English. Henderson’s belief in the value of popular culture to radical socialist ideas and the advancement of Scottish home rule and independence brought him into conflict with his friend, ardent nationalist and poet, Hugh MacDiarmid, who took a rather more elitist view of culture. Notwithstanding an acrimonious exchange of letters to the Scotsman during the 1960’s, known as the ‘flytings’, the two retained an enduring respect for each other. 

Hamish Henderson remained a supporter of radical political causes all his life, including the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Anti- Apartheid movement. During the 1960’s he wrote the song Men of Rivonia in protest at the trial and imprisonment of Nelson Mandela and his co-defendants for alleged offences against the South African state in pursuit of racial equality. The song itself was popularized in Britain by singers like the Corries and Pete Seeger in the United States. Also, his song Freedom Come All Ye is seen by some as an alternative Scottish national anthem. 

Charles Nasmyth’s portrait of Hamish Henderson depicts the poet and folklorist lost in thought in an untidy office space, based on descriptions given to him by his widow Felicity Henderson.  The painting includes an image of the poet as a younger man and those of eight other key figures in the poet’s life, ranging from Pete Seeger to Nelson Mandela. There are also two important pieces of symbolism found in images of the Green Man and The Lion of Judah

Meet the Artist 

Charles will be present on both the Thursday and Friday evenings of the Art Fair, and all of Saturday and Sunday to talk to anyone who wants to discuss the portrait, which has received the unequivocal approval of Hamish Henderson’s widow and daughters

Art in Healthcare and the Edinburgh Art Fair

September 2015

Art in Healthcare is a key charity partner of the Edinburgh Art Fair and is making a significant contribution to this year’s event by organising a series of activities for the visiting public.

Visitors will be encouraged to help artist Olivia Irvine to create a painting live on the Art in Healthcare Stand (E1), while four professional artists will each give a 40-minute talk illustrating their practice and ways of working which are diverse and mix traditional skills and the use of new technologies. 

Here is a snapshot of the programme:

Saturday 14 Nov;

11.30 am: Jenny Smith: Laser-cutting as a drawing medium
2.30 pm: James Abell: Mixing new technologies and traditional techniques

Sunday 15 Nov;

11.30 am: Greg Moore: Pastel painting demonstration
2.30 pm: Julie Galante: Art inspired by travel 

These talks are free but booking is recommended, to do so email:

In addition, artist Leo Du Feu will run his highly popular painting workshops for children on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. These sessions are free and drop-in and they provide an amazing opportunity for kids of all ages to get their hands dirty and have fun with making art.

The Edinburgh Art Fair is proud to support Art in Healthcare who is the leading arts provider to health organisations in Scotland.



Own Art at the EAF!

September 2015

The Edinburgh Art Fair will, this year, be making it even easier to purchase art with the addition, on site, of Own Art.

Own Art is an Arts Council funded scheme that makes buying art easy and affordable by letting you spread the cost of your purchase with an interest free loan. Own Art loans have no fees whatsoever and are repayable in equal monthly instalments, allowing you to buy original art to enjoy in your own home, letting you live with the art you love. Look out for our logo in the gallery guide to see where you can use Own Art at the fair, join one of our fair tours, or drop by our stand to find out more.



Edinburgh Calling!

January 2015

Any gallery, art dealer or artist collective wishing to exhibit at Scotland's premier Art Fair, EAF 2015, should register their interest by submitting the online exhibitor enquiry form located on the exhibitor page of this website or, by emailing Laura Gressani at Please note; we cannot accept applications from individual artists as all galleries must exhibit the work of at least 3 artists. We do not have a price ceiling but we do request that there is a minimum price of £100 for any artwork you wish to sell. Last year, 12,500 visitors attended the Fair over the 3 open days and preview evening, and we sold in excess of £1m of art. We look forward to further success this year and to working with all our exhibitors, existing and new, to achieve this.

Happy New Year! & Thanks to all who visited the 2014 EAF!

5th January 2015

We at the EAF would like to wish all our exhibitors, visitors, Facebook and twitter followers, friends, and families, a very happy new year.

Our very best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy 2015.

We would also like to thank all of the galleries and visitors who exhibited at, and attended, the 2014 Edinburgh Art Fair for helping to make it such a successful event.

We welcomed a record number of visitors through our doors over the weekend and saw sales of artworks exceed all our expectations. 

We are also extremely grateful to all our supporters and sponsors for their help in putting on the Fair;

Mail Boxes Etc, Edinburgh, were once again incredible and we are indebted to them for all their hard work with wrapping all those artworks which were sold at the Fair and, for the dedication they show to the event.

Also, we are extremely thankful to Art in Healthcare for organising the artist demonstrations and for the painting and drawing classes they put on for the benefit and joy of our visitors. They were responsible for organising talks and demonstrations from 9 of the country’s leading contemporary artists and for arranging donations of art materials for the drawing classes they ran through artist Leo du Feu for the Fair's younger visitors.

Thanks also to Edinburgh Art Shop who were on hand to donate the easels, canvases, paints, palettes and brushes used for the still life painting classes and, Fife Dunfermline Printmaker Workshops who were in attendance providing complimentary and professional workshops in Silkscreen and Relief printmaking, providing guidance and encouragement to all those visitors and, indeed, exhibitors, who wanted to try their hand at producing their very own prints.

Finally, thanks must go to the staff and management at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange for aiding us in putting on the Fair and to Aubury & Associates for building the stands for the exhibitors to hang their work on.

Now we look forward to the 2015 EAF and to bringing you news of all the latest developments as they occur. 


The build begins!

10th November 2014

Aubury & Associates from North London have arrived to start constructing the stands for the 2014 EAF. This is our 9th year together and we are delighted to see them back in Edinburgh. It truly does mean that Fair Week is upon us when the team arrive. Here they are taking a break from their construction to model their new away kits and, if you look closely, you will see who they are supporting. Thanks go to Nicky and her team for always producing a top notch job and building us amazing stands for our exhibitors to hang their work on.


A Fair to Remember

9th November 2014

A fantastic selection of galleries and artists has been assembled from around the world for the delight of the thousands of art lovers and collectors who will descend upon the Corn Exchange this week for Edinburgh Art Fair’s 10th anniversary.

The fair offers the chance to visit 60+ galleries and buy original paintings, sculpture, glassware and ceramics, from over 500 artists, all of whom, have been brought together under the one roof for three days only.

Galleries to look out for include: The Scottish Gallery, the Royal Scottish Academy and Eduardo Alessandro Studios (who are hosting landscape artist, Ron Lawson‘s, first major solo Edinburgh exhibition while at the fair - see image below!).

The fair provides the perfect opportunity for a great day out for the whole family, with a lot more to this annual event than just art for sale.

There is a drop-in play room for very young visitors where children can be cared for by professional child-minders, meaning parents and guardians can explore the fair free from worry. Artist, Leo du Feu, will deliver daily art classes for young and old; while ‘Art in Healthcare’ will host still life painting lessons and artist talks, as well as demonstrations from esteemed artists including Henry Kondracki, Patsy McArthur and Alan McGowan.

Printmaking will be strongly represented this year with Glasgow Print Studios, Edinburgh Printmakers, and Yorkshires Staithes Studios all exhibiting. Workshops in screen and relief printing will be ongoing throughout the weekend, courtesy of Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop, for those interested in finding out about the different processes of producing a print and who want to get their hands dirty by creating their very own masterpiece.

There will be an abundance of refreshments with snacks, light lunches and high teas served in the restaurant; and a coffee kiosk and fully stocked bar situated in the main hall. Elsewhere in the venue, you will find Bert’s Coffee shop, where guests can sit and relax over a nice lunch or cappuccino and ponder their purchases.


Check you!

17th October 2014

Edinburgh based artist Wendy Helliwell, and Arbonne skincare consultant Marjory Kenny, have teamed up to launch CHECK YOU – a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of regular checking as well as raising money for the vital research work carried out by Breakthrough.

Wendy lost her mother to the disease in 2001 and has since incapsulated the 'Touch Look Check' method within her idea to support her chosen charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Wendy, a carrier of the faulty gene BRCA 1, decided to take preventative measures to ensure she did not face the same fate as her late mother and now feels that she is in a position whereby, through her art, she can help others.

“I knew I wanted to support the charity as it is very close to my heart and I feel I am in a position to help others take control of their own bodies as I did. Checking should be as automatic as putting on your make up and this is the concept of the whole idea.”

Last year Wendy Exhibited at the Edinburgh Art Fair and one of the paintings in her exciting collection was a large artwork made up from all her own old and unused make-up.

This gave her the idea of producing a large Artwork using old, leftover and unused make-up as her medium, which on completion will be sold by auction with all proceeds of the sale going to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The auction will kick off at a special Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity event to be held in the Edinburgh Sheraton on Thursday 23rd October, and will close at the Preview Evening of the 10th Anniversary Edinburgh Art Fair on Thursday 13th November, 2014.

Tickets for the Sheraton event are available from Marjory at and bids can still be taken at the preview evening of the art fair with the winning bid being disclosed at the end of the evening.





Polish Art Europe & Play Poland Film Festival

5th September 2014

The Edinburgh Art Fair has teamed up with Polish Art Europe this year to celebrate the art and culture of our 2 great nations.

The EAF will be brought to the attention of the many thousands of visitors to the annual Polish Art Festivals based here in the UK, while the Art Fair will provide the backdrop for the inaugural UK showing of some of Polands most celebrated artists. 

Polish Art Europe takes special pride in bringing together a number of Polish and international organisations to collaborate with the aim of providing audiences in the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland, Norway, Canada and the Republic of China with the best program of astounding and memorable cultural events.

Through their passion and dedication to promote Polish culture and artists, as well as to support mutual understanding between communities, they have crafted the fourth edition of the; Play Poland Film Festival, during which they will present some astonishing works by Polish artists living in the United Kingdom.

For the 2014 Edinburgh Art Fair, they will be showcasing a range of work from some of Poland’s most celebrated artists still living in their native land as well as highlighting artworks by some relatively unknown artists.

All the Fun of the Fair

23rd August 2014

The Too Much Fun Club, a celebrated visual art and illustration collective based in Edinburgh, will be creating one of their famed murals live over the 3 days the Fair will be running. Sure to entertain visitors to the Fair, they will be working on a 7 metre long masterpiece showcasing their skills to all those interested in the hugely popular medium of street art.