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The Edinburgh Art Festival: Richard Hamilton, University of Edinburgh's SaltCity and Royal Scottish Academy Residencies for Scotland

With the Edinburgh International Festival in full flow, Giles Sutherland dodges the theatres and heads to the galleries for the city's art festival

Edinburgh Art Festival. Until 31 August.

Richard Hamilton: Protest Pictures. Until 31 October. Inverleith House Royal Botanic Garden, EH3 5LR

Salt City – Cádiz: Field + Work. Until 29 August. Matthew Architecture Gallery, University of Edinburgh, 20 Chambers Street, EH1 1JZ

ReSeArch: RSA Residencies for Scotland. Until 21 September. RSA Finlay Room, Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, EH2 2EL

After several decades of taking a back seat to opera, theatre and music, visual art at the Edinburgh International Festival has come into its own with a lively, diverse and extensive selection of exhibitions and events presented under the aegis of the annual Edinburgh Art Festival, now in its fifth year. In a programme which includes over 40 shows and a range of talks and other events, there is much for the art-loving festival-goer to enjoy, from small exhibitions hosted in private temporary venues to large blockbusters such as Impressionism and Scotland, at the National Gallery, and Tracey Emin: 20 Years, at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

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