Sat 03 Jul 2021

Marking Time: #Tidesong Launch


Presented by Summerhall and ASCUS Art and ScienceExperience the sound of the ebb and flow of the tides in harmony with the Earth, the Moon and the Sun in this collective coastal art event,... [more]

Sat 26 Jun 2021

Oscillations: Victoria Evans Artist Talk

13:00 - 14:00

Presented by Summerhall and ASCUS Art and ScienceJoin us to learn about the process of making music from tidal data and how the interplay of sun, moon, land and sea creates the tides. In... [more]

Sat 26 Jun 2021

E-NUMBERS v2.0: Sneha Solanki Artist Talk

14:30 - 15:30

Presented by Summerhall and ASCUS Art and ScienceFocusing on the emerging changes taking shape in our food landscape, join artist Sneha Solanki for a talk on her E-Numbers V2.0 project, a new... [more]

Thu 09 Apr 2020

(POSTPONED) Endurance with Markus Stitz

19:00 - 21:00

Edinburgh-based endurance athlete and author, Markus Stitz has travelled over 34,000km around the world to 26 countries on a single speed bike and to the mountains of Central Asia, Patagonia and... [more]


Thu 19 Mar 2020

David Livingstone Trust

(CANCELLED) Petina Gappah: Out of Darkness, Shining Light

19:00 - 20:30

Petina Gappah is an award-winning and widely translated Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe. She is the author of the novels Out of... [more]

Due to the ongoing situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been cancelled.

Sat 07 Mar 2020

The Women We Know - Discussion

18:00 - 20:30

Join us for this social gathering and discussion event held to mark the exhibition Mount Strange and the Temple of Fame, and to celebrate International Women’s Day. This is an... [more]

Sat 23 Nov 2019

The Dissection: Arab Strap's Philophobia

20:00 - 22:00

The Dissection returns to Summerhall, a series of music and conversation dedicated to exploring classic Scottish albums with the people who made them.Under the microscope this time is Arab... [more]

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.

Sat 23 Nov 2019

Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society at the University of Edinburgh

Makin Babies & the Law

14:00 - 16:00

Learn about the law regulating fertility treatment and feminist critiques of the same. Explore the legislation and case law which regulates embryo production and the devastating consequences this... [more]

Thu 14 Nov 2019

Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society at the University of Edinburgh

Your Robot Doctor Will See You Now

19:00 - 20:30

Artificial Intelligence can be applied to almost any field in medicine, and its potential contributions to biomedical research and delivery of healthcare seem limitless.AI has the capacity to... [more]

Tue 12 Nov 2019

Markus Stitz

Roads Less Travelled

19:00, 21:00

Edinburgh-based adventurer Markus Stitz recently completed two of the most challenging bikepacking/endurance races in the world – the Silk Road Mountain Race in Kyrgyzstan and the Highland... [more]

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.

Sat 09 Nov 2019

Bilingualism Matters

More Than One Language: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know

13:30 - 14:30

Early bilingualism in any languages, regardless of their status, prestige, and diffusion, can give children much more than two languages if they receive enough engaging input in a supporting... [more]

Tue 24 Sep 2019

Markus Stitz

Markus Stitz - Roads Less Travelled

19:00 - 21:00

‘Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.’ - Robert Frost Follow Edinburgh-based adventurer Markus Stitz on a bikepacking... [more]

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.

Fri 19 Apr 2019

The Dissection: KC Rules OK

20:30 - 22:00

Join us for the first in new lecture series The Dissection, in which iconic Scottish artists take a look back at the creative process and their artistic choices in the forming of their most seminal... [more]

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.

Sat 13, Sun 14, Fri 19 & Sun 21 Apr 2019

Summerhall Tours

14:00 - 15:00

Take a tour of Summerhall and discover its fascinating history. Did you know that one of the first known occupants of the site was a family run brewery established in the 18th century? The main... [more]

Please meet at Summerhall reception.

Tue 09, Wed 10, Tue 16 & Wed 17 Apr 2019

The Science of Gin and Tonic

14:00 & 16:00

Join Pickering’s Gin Co-Founder Matt Gammell in Summerhall Distillery for an abridged insight into the science of creating the perfect Gin & Tonic! Come and experience an in-depth, fast-paced... [more]

Standing only. Please contact venue with any access requirements.

Sat 06 Apr 2019

Louise Mackenzie: Artist Talk


With a background in psychology and an interest in philosophy, Louise Mackenzie explores human behaviour and the evolution of society through art practice. Taking human-made objects as a starting... [more]

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.

Sat 06 Apr 2019

Aurélie Fontan: Artist Talk


Inspired by the social and environmental impact of fast fashion, sustainable fashion designer Aurélie Fontan discusses her cutting edge garments inspired by science and biodesign and how these... [more]

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.

Sat 06 Apr 2019

Russell Beard: Artist Talk


Join artist Russell Beard as he discusses his joint exhibition with Stephen Kavanagh presenting new sculptural works and the challenges emerging from the social geo-political and environmental... [more]

Unreserved seating. Please contact venue with any access requirements.

Tue 12 Mar 2019

Violence Unseen | In Conversation

18:30 - 20:00

Join us for an evening of discussion on the link between gender inequality and violence against women and the importance of listening to and including in the debate various groups of women, and their... [more]

Thu 07 Mar 2019

The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt with RSC

The Dose Maketh the Poison

19:30 - 21:30

In this lecture, Dr Michelle Carlin will investigate the role of analytical chemistry and the advances which have helped to solve toxicology cases. Dr Carlin will consider a number of cases involving... [more]

Unreserved seating. 14-24 steps to seating.

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Summerhall Curated

Lethe by Sylwia Kowalczyk | Exhibition tour with the artist

14:00 - 15:30

Join us for an artist-led tour around Sylwia Kowalczyk's LETHE exhibition. Lethe is the river that cleanses Dante in Purgatory, the one that wipes memories of the dead as they drink from it or... [more]

Please note that it is a standing/walking event - when booking your ticket let us know if you require a seat

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Incidental Futures

We Are Your Archive


Tickets are free but limited. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your RSVP so others may come to the event.Incidental Unit (IU) with artist Anthony Schrag host the first event of... [more]

Unreserved seating. 4-10 stairs to seating.

Sat 22 Sep 2018

John Keane

Life During Wartime - Tour and Artist Talk


Please RSVP for this free event at this link.Join us for an artist-led tour around John Keane's LIFE DURING WARTIME exhibition. The tour will be followed by an in conversation with Giles... [more]

Free & unticketed (please RSVP)

Sat 31 Mar 2018 - Sun 15 Apr 2018

Edinburgh International Science Festival

The Edinburgh International Science Festival is once again taking over Summerhall for two weeks in April to bring a huge array of science packed talks, activities, workshops and more.The 2018... [more]

Sat 31 Mar 2018 - Sun 15 Apr 2018

Edinburgh International Science Festival

EISF - Adult events

Summerhall evenings become a viable hub of science debates with the plethora of discussions and activities for adults this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival. The Festival covers topics... [more]

Sat 31 Mar 2018 - Sun 15 Apr 2018

Edinburgh International Science Festival

EISF - Family events

There's more than 70 performances, activities and things to do packed full of amazing science at Summerhall this year for the Edinburgh International Science Festival.Little ones under five and... [more]

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Calum Colvin & Rab Wilson - Artist & Poet Talk and Performance


At times witty, controversial and tender, Calum Colvin’s images are presented alongside poems in response by poet Rab Wilson, which equally reflect on the life and aspects of Burns to dwell on who... [more]

Sat 24 Feb 2018

Adrian Wiszniewski - Artist Talk


Adrian Wiszniewski will talk about his practice with particular focus on his large body of work related to Burns he has produced over the years and what he has found so inspiring about the Bard's... [more]

Sat 24 Feb 2018

The Jasper King Memorial Trust

The Jasper King Memorial Trust Fundraiser and Charity Launch

19:30 - 23:30

A fundraising evening: live music sessions, mega raffles prizes, short speeches and some surprises.Respite. Adventure. Empowerment: The Jasper King Trust offers funded respite holidays on Eigg... [more]

Tickets available on door

Sat 24 Feb 2018


Rough Music Workshop


As the culmination of her Connect/Exchange residency at Stills Gallery, Kimberley O’Neill will present a workshop event on her research around Rough Music. The workshop will be led by invited... [more]