Edinburgh Art Festival sets visitor record

image captionRobert Wilson will take over as the festival's new chair

More than half a million visitors attended events at this year's Edinburgh Art Festival, according to organisers.

The number represents the highest to date for the festival, set up in 2004.

Among this year's top attractions was Turner prize winner Richard Wright's stairwell project, at the Dean Gallery, which had 30,000 visits.

The numbers coincide with the announcement that Robert Wilson will be the festival's new chairman.

He set up the sculpture park Jupiter Artland on the outskirts of Edinburgh two years ago, and takes over the role from former chair Tessa Jackson.

He said the festival had achieved an "enormous amount" since its inception.

"The ambitious commissioning, the unique collaboration of over 35 member galleries and the driving forward of the visual arts programme, will ensure that Edinburgh Art Festival is central to the creative future of both Edinburgh and Scotland," he said.

Kim Coleman and Jenny Hogarth's installation at the top of Calton Hill in the city's observatory attracted 4,000 visitors and was among the most popular works.

Also featured at this year's festival were artists such as Joan Mitchell, Martin Creed, Iran do Espirito Santo, Julie Roberts, Edward Weston and Hito Steryl.

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