City Art Centre

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Enjoy a visit to the City Art Centre, a main Edinburgh art gallery with one of the best collections of Scottish art. We show interesting exhibitions from our own collections and from all over the world. We can also tempt you with an excellent café and attractive shop located on the ground floor.

The City Art Centre has a busy programme of exhibitions which change regularly to suit the interests of our visitors. People come to see favourites from the City’s nationally Recognised collection of Scottish art; new work from local or international artists or exhibitions from other countries. Exhibitions of historic and modern photography, contemporary art and design, architecture and the built environment are staged in a rolling programme. We have shown Egyptian and Roman objects and even featured artwork and costumes from the Star Wars films.

An escalator and lift help you move around six floors, and you can be refreshed by sampling the menus in the café, or buy art books, cards, handbags and jewellery from our ground floor shop.

The City Art Centre is conveniently placed near to the Waverley rail station in the city centre.

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Opening hours

Mon-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 12.00-17.00

Admission charges

Free admission to permanent collection, admission charges may apply to temporary exhibitions.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Wall to Wall: Scottish Art from the Collection

  • 23 May — 27 September 2015 *on now

The City Art Centre’s collection of Scottish art is a nationally recognised collection of over 4500 artworks that has grown over the years through purchases, donations and bequests. Wall to Wall: Scottish Art from the Collection celebrates this important public resource, while providing an overview of Scottish art that is both fresh and comprehensive.

In the first significant showing of the collection since 2011, Wall to Wall brings together an exciting new selection of artworks, including much-loved favourites, lesser-known pieces and recent acquisitions. The exhibition adopts a thematic framework to explore four key areas - people, landscape, still life and abstraction. A variety of artistic styles and different media are juxtaposed, showcasing the impressive breadth of creativity that has developed in Scotland over the last 250 years.

Significant groups and movements such as the Scottish Colourists, Glasgow Boys and Edinburgh School are all represented in the exhibition, as is the work of diverse individuals including Allan Ramsay, Joan Eardley, Henry Raeburn, William Gillies, Jon Schueler and Victoria Crowe.


City Art Centre
2 Market Street


City Art Centre




0131 529 3993


0131 529 3977

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