Talbot Rice Gallery

Talbot Rice Gallery
The University of Edinburgh
Old College
South Bridge






0131 6502210


0131 6502213

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White gallery exhibition space at Talbot Rice Gallery
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An outstanding centre for art and ideas, the public art gallery of The University of Edinburgh, Talbot Rice Gallery presents original and relevant exhibitions within a unique historical context. The exhibitions exemplify creativity and ambition, seen through a distinctive programme of Scottish and International artists, with informed interpretation and lively educational events.

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Opening hours

Tues-Sat 1000-1700
(Open 7 days during Edinburgh Festival
Mon-Sat 1000-1700
Sun 1400-1700)
Certain Holidays Closed
Please call for details

Admission charges


The White Gallery has a changing programme of exhibitions, presenting the work of contemporary Scottish and International artists through solo, retrospective, and thematic exhibitions. The Georgian Gallery is an impressive neoclassical interior, originally designed by William Playfair. Recently refurbished this room now hosts vibrant historic, experimental and academic exhibitions. The upper level of the gallery displays a selection from The University Torrie Collection; a bequest of predominantly seventeenth century Dutch paintings.

Collection details

Photography, Fine Art, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Rosemarie Trockel
  • Alasdair Gray
  • Julie Roberts
  • Craigie Aitchison
  • Jenny Holzer
  • Jane & Louise Wilson
  • Joseph Kosuth
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

where language ends

  • 14 March — 2 May 2015 *on now

where language ends sees the University of Edinburgh's Talbot Rice Gallery filled with coloured light and sound, as Glasgow-based artists Ross Birrell and David Harding bring together stories about exile and conflict, the words of poets such as John Keats and reference Wojtek the bear, one of Edinburgh Zoo's most famous ex-inhabitants. But it's music that links the different elements of the exhibition, emerging as a redemptive force, though one never far from brutality and violence.

Throughout the exhibition video installations, such as Sonata in the Georgian Gallery, feature musicians of various nationalities, capturing virtuoso performances in single takes. The identities of the musicians form unspoken commentaries, on subjects including: violence against women and the ongoing political troubles between Israel and Palestine.