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Turner Prize winner brings out the big guns for festival

A NEW take on the capital's famous One O'clock Gun by the Turner Prize winning artist Susan Philipsz is part of this year's visual art festival in the capital.

a blast: Susan Philipsz new work involves Edinburgh's One O'clock Gun.
a blast: Susan Philipsz new work involves Edinburgh's One O'clock Gun.

The Edinburgh Art Festival this year has more exhibitions and new commissions than before, including a "Promenade Programme" of public art across the city, major exhibitions by leading contemporary artists, a new pavilion created by Glasgow-based artist Andrew Miller, and a cross-city sound installation by Philipsz.

It also features new venues such as the Rhubaba Gallery and Superclub, alongside previously advertised exhibitions such as Picasso at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art and the Van Gogh show at the Scottish National Gallery.

The festival, from August 2 to September 2, includes retrospectives of artists including Ian Hamilton Finlay at the Ingleby Gallery, Scottish Colourist GL Hunter at City Art Centre and John Bellany at the Open Eye gallery.

Philipsz, who won the Turner Prize for her sound installations in 2010, will unveil her new work, which responds to the One O'clock Gun and traces the line of an old cable between Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill. Entitled Timeline, it will feature a series of short sound installations across the city.

Miller's festival pavilion, in St Andrew Square, will be constructed from "salvaged materials".

Sorcha Carey, director of the Edinburgh Art Festival, said: "The festival programme continues to make visual art central to the Edinburgh summer festival experience.

"This year's commissions programme brings new work by the very best Scottish artists into public spaces across the city."

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