Scottish National Gallery
Scottish National Gallery
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The National Galleries of Scotland looks after one of the world's finest collections of Western art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. These holdings include the National Collection of Scottish art which we are proud to display in an international context.
We care for, research and develop these collections and we aim to share these works of art with as wide a public as possible. Every year we welcome over a million visitors from Scotland and the rest of the world to our various Galleries sited in Edinburgh.
We have active programmes of education, outreach and special exhibitions and where possible we work with partners across Scotland to maximise the impact of our activities.
Open daily, 10am-5pm. Thursdays until 7pm.
Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Art
- 22 March — 14 September 2014 *on now
This exhibition celebrates the recent acquisition, jointly with the National Gallery in London, of two outstanding mythological paintings by Titian. The purchase of the first of these, Diana and Actaeon, was concluded in 2009, and that of its pair, Diana and Callisto, in 2012, and they have only recently gone back on display at the Scottish National Gallery.
Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Art provides the National Galleries of Scotland with an opportunity to thank the organisations and individuals who contributed so generously to the acquisition of these hugely important and influential pictures. The exhibition draws on the Gallery's exceptionally rich collection of sixteenth-century Venetian paintings, drawings and prints to showcase and contextualise Titian's two Diana canvases, including works by Lorenzo Lotto, Palma Vecchio, Jacopo Bassano, Jacopo Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese. The loan of one additional, highly important painting by Titian – the Death of Actaeon from the National Gallery, London – has been secured. Technical information, comparative images and other interpretative material will enrich the visitor experience and provide deeper insights into the art of this exceptionally fertile creative period in Venice’s history.
- Any age
GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland
- 28 June — 2 November 2014 *on now
This landmark series of exhibitions will celebrate some of the very best art to have emerged from Scotland in the last 25 years, and will be shown at more than 50 venues across the country from June to October 2014. This nationwide programme, which has been developed as a partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow Life, supported by Creative Scotland, will be one of the most ambitious celebrations of contemporary art ever held by a single country, recognising the huge international acclaim that artists working in Scotland have achieved over the last generation.
At the Scottish National Gallery, large-scale installations such as Steven Campbell’s 1990 Third Eye Centre exhibition On Form and Content and Turner Prize-winner Martin Boyce’s 2002 Tramway show Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours will be recreated. Also on show will be the abstract canvases of Turner Prize Nominee Callum Innes, video projections by Rosalind Nashashibi, and a sculptural installation by Christine Borland, not seen in Scotland before. The exhibition will also provide a challenge for Turner Prize-nominees Karla Black and David Shrigley to produce new work in response to the Gallery’s imposing neo-classical spaces
- Any age
The Art of Golf | The Story of Scotland’s National Sport
- 12 July — 26 October 2014 *on now
The Art of Golf tells the story of the birth and evolution of Scotland’s National Sport by bringing together extraordinary works of art, rare items of memorabilia, and museum pieces of unique significance within the game’s history.
The exhibition begins in the early 17th century, with paintings of the playing of ‘kolf’, the European ancestor of the game we know today. It then goes on to chart the origins of modern Golf in Scotland, including paintings of important early links courses in Bruntsfield, Leith and Musselburgh.
This first section of the show culminates with the greatest golf painting of all time, Charles Lees’ The Golfers (1847), which depicts a match being played on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews.
Moving into the 20th century, The Art of Golf showcases beautiful oils of the course at North Berwick, painted by John Lavery, one of the ‘Glasgow Boys’, as well as rare original golf-themed railway posters.
The exhibition takes the story of Golf right up to the present day. Images of the superstars of the modern game hang alongside breathtaking aerial shots of Scotland’s most famous golf courses, including the Old Course in St Andrews, Carnoustie, Muirfield and Gleneagles
- Any age
Bags of Art and Cart
Bags of Art and Art Cart enables young visitors and their families to explore the diverse range of art on show. It is loaded with an exciting variety of art materials and specially-designed creative activities. Trained educators are also on hand to help young visitors with enquiries.
How to obtain
Drop in to the National Gallery's self-led art activities to explore the Art Cart. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 6246410 for more details.
Saturday Art Club
Saturday Art Club consists of four-week courses, each led by a different artist, and linked to a particular exhibition, theme, display or artwork. Sessions are led by practising artists, providing continuity between courses for the participants. Saturday Art Club currently runs from September to April each year. There are two classes: 10.00-12.00 for 5-7 year olds and 13.30-15.30 for 8-11 year olds. A maximum of fifteen participants in each group is maintained to ensure a high-quality experience.
How to obtain
To book contact the gallery on email@example.com or 0131 6246410. Also note that the host gallery of Saturday Art Club does move between the various National Galleries of Scotland venues.
Saturday Studio is devised with and for young people aged 11-15 years. The courses take place in four-week blocks on Saturday afternoons from 13.30-16.30. Saturday Studio currently runs from September to April each year. There is a maximum of fifteen participants to ensure a quality experience. Saturday Studio began in September 2004, developing out of Saturday Art Club. As a particular group of young people reached the 11 year old cut-off, they wanted to continue attending courses at the Galleries. They themselves were involved in planning the format, timing and content of Saturday Studio. Such consultation with participants continues by meetings and letters.
How to obtain
Booking ahead is essential and can be done by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0131 6246410. Also note that Saturday Studio does move between the various National Galleries of Scotland venues, depending on the course so do check in advance.