ARt Galleries In Edinburgh
Edinburgh is, without a doubt, a city of culture. And
the cultural life of Scotland’s capital is certainly
enriched and driven by the large amount of art on offer.
A staggering four million people visit Edinburgh’s
galleries and museums every year. And that staggering
footfall is due to the wide variety on offer. The visual
choice available from the Scottish National Gallery
of Modern Art to the smallest of private galleries
is the envy of other cities the world over and appeals
to an equally varied audience.
There are a surprisingly large amount of public galleries
in the city. These are the City Art Centre, the aforementioned
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which contains
a collection of approximately 5,000 pieces ranging from
prints and paintings to contemporary video installations,
the National Gallery of Scotland, the Royal Museum, the
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Dean Gallery and
the Talbot Rice Gallery. Meanwhile, there were at least
18 private galleries at the last count.
The City Art Centre [map],
on Market Street, is one of the leading exhibition spaces.
It contains six galleries and has housed Edinburgh’s Scottish Art collection since 1980.
The city is also home to the Edinburgh Art College
an educational establishment on Lauriston Place that holds
regular public exhibitions in the Andrew Grant Gallery and also in the Sculpture Court.
Edinburgh’s National Gallery [map],
on The Mound, was opened in 1859. A place of some repute,
this world-famous exhibition space is home to all of the
big names of Scottish art as well as Scotland’s
greatest collection of European paintings and sculpture
from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism. The permanent
collection at the National includes Constable, El Greco, Monet, Rembrandt and Velazquez.
For those determined to see a different, close-up slant
on Scotland’s history, the Scottish National
Portrait Gallery [map] , on Queen Street, houses a range
of portraits painted by leading European and American
masters, alongside more recent photographs and miniatures.
The promotion of young Scottish artists has always been
important to the Royal Scottish Academy [map],
which, like the National, is also situated on The Mound.
The academy’s building continues to take a full
and active role in the nurturing of Scotland’s talent,
and is also home to yet another exhibition space. Here
you'll find paintings by famous masters, as well as work
by modern and contemporary sculptors, pottery and video
The Dean Gallery [map],
Belford Road, displays world-class examples of surrealist
art and work by Dada. It is a good place to
start your tour of Edinburgh’s more unusual art.
A visit to The Fruitmarket Gallery [map] is a visual treat in itself. Housed in a stunning building
in the Market Street area of Edinburgh, the gallery is
an international art space showing six varied and
interesting exhibitions every year.
Edinburgh Printmakers [map] is an artist studio and gallery dedicated to contemporary
fine-art printmaking. You’ll find amazing exhibitions,
as well as courses and events. Check it out at 23 Union
Compare holiday snaps with the impressive range of photography
on offer at The Stills Gallery [map],
Cockburn Street. Scotland’s first and foremost photography
gallery continues to go from strength to strength with
a long list of internationally renowned exhibitions.
Close by is the Collective Gallery [map],
also on Cockburn Street, which is home to modern contemporary
art installations and new media displays.
But if you’re hoping to purchase some unusual visual
art pay a visit to the Artizin Gallery [map], which is
located in the centre of Edinburgh. Artizin features a
range of media art from up-and-coming artists, some of
which is for sale.
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