City Art Centre

City Art Centre
2 Market Street


City Art Centre




0131 529 3993


0131 529 3977

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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.

A - Z: An Alphabetical Tour of Scottish Art

  • 26 April — 16 November 2014 *on now

The collection covers a wide range of subject-matter, depicted through a variety of styles and media. Traditional oil portraits of public figures hang alongside contemporary installation pieces. But who are the artists behind these artworks?

A - Z: An Alphabetical Tour of Scottish Art introduces some of the men and women whose work makes up this rich collection. Painters, sculptors, photographers and printmakers are all featured, representing the key movements that have shaped Scotland’s artistic identity. From William Allan to Aleksander Zyw, this exhibition cuts across time periods, themes and media to explore the breadth and diversity of Scottish art.

A - Z is the first exhibition to be staged in the City Art Centre’s newly refurbished lower ground floor gallery. This exciting space has now been redeveloped to create a dedicated area for showing the permanent Scottish Art Collection. In the coming years, visitors will be able to see more of this collection than ever before, through a changing programme of temporary displays.

The Scottish Art Collection, cared for by the City of Edinburgh Museums and Galleries, is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland. The refurbishment of the lower ground floor gallery has been undertaken with the support of Museums Galleries Scotland through the Recognition Capital Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Abstract painting of First World War battlefield

Picturing Conflict: Art of the First World War

  • 8 November 2014 — 18 January 2015

The First World War was a life-changing event for millions of people, a conflict that elicited responses in literature, music and the visual arts. Artists depicted the people, places and experiences of the war in official and unofficial capacities, producing formal commissions as well as more personal images. These artworks provide a valuable insight into the events of the war and its impact on those involved.

'Picturing Conflict: Art of the First World War' presents a small selection of paintings and other artworks that relate to this period, drawn from the City Art Centre’s permanent collection. Featured artists include Eric Robertson, David Young Cameron and John Lavery.