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22 January 2014 Red Remdrandt rediscovered

A unique Rembrandt etching has been rediscovered in the Print Room of the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.  The print, a portrait of the Amsterdam preacher Jan Cornelis Sylvius (1564-1638), was previously catalogued as a copy of a work by Rembrandt.  However, recent research by Dr Tico Seifert, the Gallery’s Senior Curator for Northern European Art, has established that the etching is the work of the Dutch master himself.  Dr Seifert’s research has also confirmed that this is the only known version of the image to have been printed in red ink.  Portrait of Jan Cornelis Sylvius will be on display to the public from today, Wednesday 22 January.

 

16 January 2014 Newly acquired photograph of the Queen unveiled at Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Newly acquired photograph of the Queen unveiled at Scottish National Portrait Gallery

A dramatic photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II takes pride of place alongside paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery today. Photographer Julian Calder’s Queen of Scots, Sovereign of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Thistle and Chief of The Chiefs, depicts Her Majesty The Queen standing by the Gelder Burn on the Balmoral estate in Royal Deeside.

The formal portrait, set against a dramatic highland backdrop was made in August 2010 and the photographer was inspired by the work of great Scottish artist, Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823), who included evocative landscapes as backgrounds for some of his most memorable paintings. It has been hung in Gallery 7 at the Portrait Gallery with examples of Raeburn’s portraiture.

In this photograph Her Majesty The Queen is presented as Sovereign of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Thistle, a chivalric Order that dates from the seventeenth century. Her Majesty wears the robes of the Order and insignia bearing the emblem of the thistle (the national flower of Scotland) and the cross of Saint Andrew (the patron saint of both the nation and the Order).

Christopher Baker, Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, commented that “this unusual and impressive portrait of Her Majesty The Queen is a very welcome addition to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Her Majesty visited the Gallery in 2012 to formally re-open, following its highly successful re-development, and so it is especially pleasing to be able to show here such a striking and distinctly Scottish portrait, which represents an accomplished and fresh interpretation of traditional imagery.”

Image © Julian Calder

3 December 2013 Melville Masterpiece Acquired for the Nation

A major work by the influential Scottish artist Arthur Melville (1855-1904) has been acquired by the Scottish National Gallery, with generous support from the Art Fund and Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland.  The Chalk Cutting, which was painted in London in 1898 during the artist’s last decade, suggests Melville was perhaps the most forward-looking and inventive of all the painters of the Glasgow School, with which he was associated. By the 1890s Melville had become highly regarded for the technical brilliance of his watercolours, some characterised by a truly exceptional modernity. The Chalk Cutting, a 85.1 x 92.8 cm work in oil, was executed on an exhibition-scale canvas, but was was never shown publicly in the artist’s lifetime, perhaps because of this extreme experimentalism.  As this stunning composition went on show to the public this week, the Gallery's Director, Michael Clarke, commented: “This remarkable painting by Melville demonstrates how Scottish artists at the end of the 19th century could be just as innovative and ambitious as their counterparts elsewhere in Europe. Following on from recent acquisitions by Guthrie and E.A. Walton, the new Melville further strengthens the presentation of the Glasgow Boys and adds a dramatic new note to the displays.”

28 November 2013 Andy Warhol MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) announced

An ARTIST ROOMS Warhol MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has been developed as part of the ARTIST ROOMS research partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Tate, and the National Galleries of Scotland. This is the first art MOOC dedicated to a single artist and the first such course to be developed in a gallery/university partnership in the UK. The MOOC will introduce participants to the life and work of Andy Warhol, exploring his international standing, thematic concerns, creative innovations and examine his relationship to major artistic movements of the 20th century. The course will be delivered collaboratively by staff based in the School of Design at Edinburgh College of Art and the School of Education at the University of Edinburgh.

MOOCs are free online courses delivered from prestigious universities. They are open to all and encourage large-scale interactive participation. The development of this MOOC affords the opportunity for ARTIST ROOMS to do important early work in establishing the impact of MOOCs on gallery learning.

To find out more about the ARTIST ROOMS MOOC, visit https://www.coursera.org/course/warhol

28 November 2013 Sixth national ARTIST ROOMS tour

The National Galleries of Scotland and Tate are delighted to announce plans for the sixth ARTIST ROOMS Tour in 2014. New exhibitions and displays will go on show at 16 venues across the UK. The Tour will include the Isle of Wight, Exeter and Shetland, adding twelve new venues to ARTIST ROOMS on Tour. By the end of 2014, ARTIST ROOMS will have been shown in 66 museums and galleries nationwide and 132 displays and exhibitions will have opened since 2009. ARTIST ROOMS have been seen by 29 million people to date.

Of the six tour venues in Scotland, four will be taking part for the first time (Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland; Shetland Museum and Archive; Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, North Uist; and Caithness Horizons in Thurso).  The tour will also feature three artists whose work is a new or recent addition to the collection. Being shown in an ARTIST ROOMS display for the first time will be work by the celebrated Turner-Prize-winner Douglas Gordon, American minimalist artist Dan Flavin and the photographer Don McCullin.

The full 2014 ARTIST ROOMS tour is as follows:

Spring

Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston Bruce Nauman 15 February - 24 May 2014
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter Gilbert & George 22 March - 22 June 2014
Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, North Uist Vija Celmins 29 March - 28 June 2014
Bodelwyddan Castle and Park, Denbighshire Francesca Woodman 5 April - 13 July 2014
Tate Modern Alex Katz 7 April 2014 – 1 March 2015
Tate Modern Robert Mapplethorpe 5 May 2014 – 1 March 2015

Summer

Caithness Horizons Museum, Thurso Douglas Gordon 10 May - 11 October 2014
Quay Arts, Isle of Wight Martin Creed 13 June – 20 September 2014
mac Birmingham Robert Therrien 21 June - 7 September 2014
mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art Louise Bourgeois 18 July - 12 October 2014
Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries Dan Flavin 16 August - 15 November 2014

Autumn

Dick Institute, Kilmarnock Gerhard Richter 6 September - 6 December 2014
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester Georg Baselitz 20 September 2014 - 15 January 2015
Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, North Devon Richard Long 4 October 2014 - 10 January 2015
Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland Lawrence Weiner 25 October 2014 - 12 April 2015
Oriel Davies, Powys Francesca Woodman 15 November 2014 - 25 February 2015
Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland Shetland Museum & Archives Don McCullin 29 November 2014 – 22 February 2015

8 November 2013 National Galleries of Scotland win best exhibition catalogue prize at British Book Design and Production Awards

National Galleries of Scotland win best exhibition catalogue prize at British Book Design and Production Awards

A National Galleries of Scotland publication, From Death to Death and other Small Tales, has won the prize for best exhibition catalogue at The British Book Design and Production Awards 2013. Commenting on the Galleries’ winning publication, the judges said itwas, ‘a beautiful catalogue that serves as an addition to the exhibition and also a reference book in its own right. Interesting content supported by considered design from start to finish. Attention to detail alongside high production values.’

The catalogue was written by Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Chief Curator & Deputy Director, Keith Hartley, and Senior Curator, Lucy Askew, with a contribution from Richard Flood, Director of Special Projects and Curator at Large at the New Museum, New York. It complemented the major exhibition of masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the D.Daskalopoulos Collection held at the Gallery from 15 December 2012 to 8 September 2013.

The publication includes 100 illustrations, is priced £19.95 and is available to buy from the National Galleries of Scotland online shop.

7 November 2013 Twenty-Five Years Of Contemporary Art In Scotland To Be Celebrated In Over 60 Galleries And Venues Across The Nation

The first programme details for a landmark series of exhibitions celebrating 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland have been revealed today (Thursday 7th November). GENERATION will bring an ambitious and extensive programme of works of art by over 100 artists to over 60 galleries, exhibition spaces and venues the length and breadth of the nation between March – November 2014, with the majority of exhibitions taking place over the summer of 2014, as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

GENERATION has been in the making since 2011. The programme will continue to grow in the coming months, and featured artists announced today include Charles Avery, Sara Barker, Karla Black, Christine Borland, Martin Boyce, Roddy Buchanan, Steven Campbell, Duncan Campbell, Katy Dove, Graham Fagen, Moyna Flannigan, Douglas Gordon, Ilana Halperin, Charlie Hammond, Iain Hetherington, Louise Hopkins, Callum Innes, Jim Lambie, Lorna Macintyre, Sophie Macpherson, Alan Michael, Rosalind Nashashibi, Toby Paterson, Ciara Phillips, Alex Pollard, Charlotte Prodger, Mary Redmond, John Shankie, David Shrigley, Ross Sinclair, Simon Starling, Clare Stephenson, Corin Sworn, Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, Cara Tolmie, Sue Tompkins, Hayley Tompkins,  Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich, Alison Watt, Cathy Wilkes, Richard Wright and many more.

29 October 2013 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in running for £60,000 Contemporary Art Society Annual Award

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is delighted to have made the shortlist of museums and nominated artists in line to receive this year’s Contemporary Art Society Annual Award for Museums.

Now in its fifth year, the prestigious £60,000 prize is one of the highest value contemporary art awards in the country, and is awarded to a UK museum to commission an artist of their choice to create a new work that will enrich their permanent collection.  The award also provides support and exposure for the winning artist at a critical point in their career.

Lucy McKenzie is a Glasgow-born artist whose singular approach to painting draws on hugely varied sources and art histories.  The artist's on-going interest in and use of traditional techniques, including trompe l'oeil, would allow for meaningful connections to be made with the Gallery's holdings of Scottish modernism, and its world-class archive that represents key areas of the international avant-garde. The commission would be the first of the artist’s works to enter a public collection in Scotland.

The winner of the prize will be announced on 18 November 2013.

29 October 2013 Rare Constable portrait owned by Lucian Freud acquired for the nation through acceptance in lieu scheme

Rare Constable portrait owned by Lucian Freud acquired for the nation through acceptance in lieu scheme

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce a remarkable acquisition which brings together two great artists from very different eras. Portrait of Laura Moubray, a fine early work by the English landscape painter John Constable (1776-1837), has entered the National Collection from the estate of the artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011) through the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) scheme. The painting complements the Galleries’ existing holdings of Constable works: the major landscape The Vale of Dedham (1828) and the small, vigorously executed sketch On the Stour(1830). Director of the Scottish National Gallery, Michael Clarke, said, ‘We are absolutely thrilled to receive this charming and intriguing picture. Lucian Freud had a very discerning eye and now our public will also be able to appreciate the qualities Freud found in Constable’s rare and unusual portraits.’

2 September 2013 National Galleries of Scotland appoints new International Photography Curator

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce that Anne Lyden, formerly Associate Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, has been appointed the new International Photography Curator at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. During her tenure at the Getty, Ms. Lyden was responsible for the vast collection of 19th century British material and many of her projects have been based on these holdings, including the exhibitions Light in the Darkness: The Photographs of Hill and Adamson (1999), The Old Order and the New: P.H. Emerson and Photography, 1885-1895 (2007), and A Record of Emotion: The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans (2010). She has also curated major exhibitions of photographs from the 20th and 21st centuries, such as Three Roads Taken: The Photographs of Paul Strand (2005), and Narrative Interventions in Photography (2011), featuring the work of three contemporary artists: Eileen Cowin, Simryn Gill, and Carrie Mae Weems. In a statement Ms. Lyden said, “I am delighted to join the National Galleries of Scotland and to begin working with such a rich and engaging collection of photographs. The strength of the holdings, from the early history of photography to contemporary, together with the representation of Scottish art and that from around the world, excites me.”

8 August 2013 Iconic National Galleries of Scotland artworks feature in world's largest art show

Iconic National Galleries of Scotland artworks feature in world's largest art show

Two works from the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland, Revd Dr Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch by Sir Henry Raeburn and Work No. 975: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT by Martin Creed, will form part of a vast exhibition entitled Art Everywhere, which will go on display on thousands of poster and billboard sites across the UK from 12-25 August 2013. Cities, towns and villages will see poster sites on billboards and bus stops transformed into artworks across high streets, major roads, tube, train and metro stations, supermarkets, shopping malls, office buildings, cinemas, health clubs and bars. Art Everywhere is a collaborative project between Richard Reed, (co-founder of Innocent Drinks), the Art Fund, Tate, and the poster industry.

8 July 2013 Continuing success for Scottish Colourist Series

Continuing success for Scottish Colourist Series

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA) has enjoyed a huge hit with its recent retrospective exhibition of work by the influential Scottish artist, S. J. Peploe. The exhibition, which was the second in the Gallery’s Scottish Colourist Series, finished on 23 June having attracted over 41,000 visitors. But the success doesn’t stop there, for over half of the works on show will soon tour to Aberdeen Art Gallery, where they will be on display from 13 July until 19 October 2013. The SNGMA is also delighted to announce that Dickson Minto, the firm which sponsored the first two exhibitions in the Scottish Colourist Series in Edinburgh, is extending its very generous support to the third and final instalment, the forthcoming J.D. Fergusson retrospective, which opens on 7 December.

13 June 2013 National Galleries of Scotland Acquire Important Dutch Master Through Acceptance in Lieu Scheme

National Galleries of Scotland Acquire Important Dutch Master Through Acceptance in Lieu Scheme

A magnificent Dutch flower painting by Jan van Huysum (1682-1749) has been acquired for the nation by the National Galleries of Scotland through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme. It is the first Dutch flower still life to enter the Scottish National Gallery’s collection. The tax settlement value of the painting is £2.45 million. The painting is the first work by this artist to enter the National collection. Indeed, no painting from this period of van Huysum’s career is in any Scottish public collection.

Jan van Huysum is regarded as the most important painter of flower still lifes of his time and received prestigious commissions from royalty and aristocracy throughout Europe. This painting belongs to a small group of works from Van Huysum’s transitional period when he began to introduce more light into his dark compositions, eventually leading to his bright flower paintings with landscape backgrounds. This particular painting is his largest and most ambitious on copper, a support he used only occasionally.

30 May 2013 Dumfriesshire teenagers revisit bloody history of Scottish covenant

An exhibition of films and photographs made with a group of Dumfriesshire teenagers as part of a National Galleries of Scotland Communities Outreach has opened at The Baker’s Oven in Dumfries. Civil War Cinema charts the teenagers’ response to the bloody events of the Scottish Covenant, and marks the third installment of The Nation//Live, a nationwide project which aims to explore key moments in Scottish history. Led by the National Galleries of Scotland’s outreach team, with artist Sarah Forrest and filmmaker Daniel Warren, the project encouraged the participants – pupils at schools in Dumfriesshire aged between 14 and 16 – to explore the graves and monuments of the Covenanting period, and question the relevance of the era to their lives today. The exhibition runs until 8 June 2013.

30 May 2013 Art exhibition by East Lothian pupils explores The Sea, the Sky, and Us

Artwork created by children from four East Lothian primary schools has gone on display at Prestongrange Museum’s Powerhouse Gallery. The exhibition is the culmination of a project arranged by the National Galleries of Scotland’s Education Department. Pupils from Prestonpans, St Gabriels, Cockenzie and Longniddry Primary schools took part in the project, which saw them visit the Galleries’ exhibition John Bellany: A Passion for Life in January, have a guided tour and take part in a painting workshop with freelance artists. The pupils then had a follow-up workshop back at school to complete their paintings. All of the artworks, which include group portraits and triptychs (a three-panel painting format sometimes used by Bellany) will be exhibited as part of the 3 Harbours Festival in East Lothian from 1 – 13 June and remain on display throughout the summer. A Private View for the pupils and their families will take place where the traditional music group Wildings will perform a tune commissioned by the National Galleries of Scotland in response to the John Bellany exhibition.

23 May 2013 Partnership of UK museums saves Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral masterpiece

One of the greatest masterpieces of British art, Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831, has been secured for the British public through major grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund (£15.8 million), the Art Fund (£1 million), a very substantial donation from The Manton Foundation, and Tate Members. The acquisition is part of a ground-breaking new partnership, called Aspire, between five national and regional galleries: the National Galleries of Scotland, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Colchester and Ipswich Museums, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum and Tate Britain. The partnership will enable the work, which is owned by Tate, to go on almost constant view in partner venues across the UK. From today it will be on show in the Constable room at Tate Britain until the end of the year before being shown at the five national and regional galleries participating in the programme.

25 April 2013 BBC Antiques Roadshow comes to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

The Antiques Roadshow is headed to the Scottish National Galleries of Modern Art this summer. On Thursday 11 July, the gallery grounds on Belford Road will be the setting for the popular BBC One programme hosted by presenter Fiona Bruce. She will be joined by some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists ready to offer free advice and valuations. Visitors are invited to search their attics and check over their mantelpieces for family heirlooms and household treasures for the team to appraise in the Edinburgh sunshine.

Simon Groom, Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art commented:
‘We’re delighted that BBC Antiques Roadshow is headed to the National Galleries. The Modern Art Gallery grounds are a beautiful setting with a range of modern and contemporary sculpture including the two newly installed large sculptures by Miro, as well as Henry Moore and of course the iconic Charles Jencks Landform’

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10 April 2013 Massive Miró Sculptures installed at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Massive Miró Sculptures installed at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Two extraordinary sculptures by the great Surrealist artist Joan Miró (1893-1983) have been placed on long loan to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The massive bronze sculptures, the taller of which measures ten feet in height, have been generously lent by the Miró Estate in Spain. Femme (Woman), 1970 and Personnage (Figure), 1978 were have been installed on the lawn in front of the Gallery, where they will be on show for up to five years.

Miró is perhaps best known as a painter, but also made a remarkable body of sculptures. Many began as ordinary objects he had found or bought, and then had enlarged and cast in bronze. Femme is based on a perfume bottle, which by the addition of spindly arms and a massive leaf shape (Miró’s shorthand for the female sex) he transformed into a woman. Personnage is based on a bar of soap sitting on a perforated soap dish. Placed in a vertical, standing position and given two ‘eyes’, it assumes the appearance of a head. 

Miró’s works are witty and playful and have an extraordinary lightness of touch, but they also count as some of the most impressive monumental sculptures of the twentieth century.  The Gallery is internationally renowned for its collection of Surrealist art but until now has not been able to show any major Surrealist work outdoors.

7 January 2013 Director-General recognised on New Year Honours List

Director-General recognised on New Year Honours List

Congratulations to our Director-General, John Leighton, on the announcement of his Knighthood in the New Year Honours List. Since he joined the National Galleries in 2006 he has helped to negotiate the acquisition for the nation of the ARTIST ROOMS collection, helped to raise the funds for two Titian masterpieces, led the renovation of the Portrait Gallery, and dramatically increased access to the national collections in Scotland.

Commenting on his Knighthood, John Leighton said: 'I am thrilled and delighted with the honour but, above all, I am pleased that the great work of the National Galleries of Scotland has been recognised and, by extension, the importance of the visual arts to cultural life in Scotland.'

4 December 2012 Two New Trustees Appointed to the National Galleries Board of Trustees

The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs today announced two new appointments to the Board of the National Galleries of Scotland.  Tricia Bey and Catherine Muirden have been appointed to the Board for four years from 1 November 2012 to 31 October 2016. The roles are part-time and attract no remuneration for a time commitment of attending approximately six board meetings per year.

In her early career, Tricia Bey worked in the pre-internet world of patent information. She then spent 14 years with Deloitte Consulting building before becoming Managing Director of a London-based management development school. She now lives in Ayrshire running her own award-winning cheese making business. Tricia has an Engineering Science degree from Durham University and an MBA from The London Business School. She is a Trustee of the Friends of the V&A and a Director of Taste Ayrshire.

Catherine Muirden is a Human Resources professional, currently Head of HR in the Retail Bank at Barclays. Her interests and activities include diversity and inclusion, employee engagement and youth employability. After graduating from Edinburgh University, her management career began at Marks and Spencer, where she held senior HR positions including Group Head of Recruitment. She is a non-executive Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.

29 November 2012 Rare Spook School Masterpiece Acquired for the Nation

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce the acquisition of a rare watercolour, Sleep, by Frances Macdonald MacNair (1874-1921). The artist, sister-in-law to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, was a key figure in the ‘Glasgow Style’ movement around the turn of the twentieth century and this will be the first work by her to enter the national collection.

This haunting, enigmatic picture was previously in the collection of Don and Eleanor Taffner, an American couple with a particular fascination for the work of Mackintosh and his circle, and was acquired at auction in September this year. One of no more than a dozen independent watercolours which survive, Sleep is an outstanding example of MacNair’s work, appearing in all the studies on her and the Glasgow group.

Simon Groom, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Galleries of Scotland commented: 'This remarkable picture shows Scottish artists at the forefront of European symbolist art. We have wanted to acquire a work by Frances MacNair for many years, but they are incredibly rare. Had we been able to choose just one work, it would have been this one, so we are obviously delighted to have it.'

12 November 2012 Fifth year of ARTIST ROOMS On Tour announced

Fifth year of ARTIST ROOMS On Tour announced - 16 venues will display ARTIST ROOMS in 2013 – 10 new venues taking part

Find out more here.

The National Galleries of Scotland and Tate are delighted to announce plans for the fifth ARTIST ROOMS Tour, which will bring new exhibitions and displays to 16 venues across the UK in 2013.   ARTIST ROOMS is the collection of modern and contemporary art assembled by Anthony d’Offay, which is owned jointly by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland.  ARTIST ROOMS On Tour has been devised to enable this collection to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.

In 2013, the tour will include 10 venues new to the project, among them two in the Scottish Borders and one in Morayshire.   Old Gala House, Galashiels will show photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe between 11 May and 11 August; Paxton House, near Berwick-upon-Tweed will show work by Robert Therrien between 2 June and 31 October; and from 14 September 2013 to 11 January 2014, the Moray Art Centre in Findhorn will show photographs by Diane Arbus.  In addition, the Park Gallery, Falkirk will show works by Ian Hamilton Finlay from 24 August to 16 November.

ARTIST ROOMS was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.  By the end of 2013, ARTIST ROOMS will have been shown in 54 museums and galleries nationwide and 107 displays and exhibitions will have opened since 2009. ARTIST ROOMS have so far been seen by 21 million people. The 2013 tour will also include venues in Belfast, Brighton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Stoke-on-Trent, Wednesbury, Wolverhampton, Worcester and York, and has been made possible thanks to the new support of Arts Council England, the continued support of the Art Fund and, in Scotland, new support from Creative Scotland. 

24 May 2012 Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Funds Photography Space in the New Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Photography Gallery in the recently refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery will be named The Robert Mapplethorpe Photography Gallery after a major donation from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was born in New York in 1946, and was renowned for his highly stylised black and white photograph of some of the world’s most famous figures from Grace Jones to Andy Warhol. The Foundation is giving a total of $300,000 (£190,000) over the next three years which will be used to support innovative displays, exhibitions, research and related publications in the new space.

The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation was established by Mapplethorpe in 1988 some ten months before his death and has since, according to his wishes, funded numerous publications on photography, supported exhibitions at various art institutions including at the National Galleries of Scotland.

John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland commented:'The photography collections at the NGS count among the finest anywhere in the world.  This extremely generous grant from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation will help us to unlock the potential of these holdings and create new and engaging displays of international quality.  We are enormously grateful to the Mapplethorpe Trustees for helping us to bring world-class photography to a wider audience in this country.'

Michael Ward Stout, President of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation commented: 'Our board of directors is delighted to have the opportunity to further the goals of such a distinguished facility of the National Galleries of Scotland, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.  After getting to know the NGS, and its very impressive Director, John Leighton, we can think of no better European presence for our engagement.'

15 May 2012 New Director of Scottish National Portrait Gallery announced

New Director of Scottish National Portrait Gallery announced

It was announced today that Christopher Baker has been appointed as the new Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, following an international search led by the recruitment company Odgers Berndtson.

Christopher has been Deputy Director of the Scottish National Gallery since 2003 and was previously Curator at Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford.  He will take up his position at the Portrait Gallery on 1 August 2012.

Christopher has an impressive record as a curator and a manager, and has combined scholarly depth with a broad popular appeal in his work for the Galleries, organising some of the Scottish National Gallery’s most successful exhibitions, including The Discovery of Spain and Turner and Italy (both 2009).

Commenting on his new role, Christopher said: 'The Scottish National Portrait Gallery has been brilliantly re-developed and it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to work with a much-admired national institution and such an outstanding and wide-ranging collection on the next stage of its development.'

14 May 2012 The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize 2012

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery has been shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries 2012, it was announced last night.  The £100,000 prize - the largest single arts prize in the UK - is awarded annually to a museum or gallery for an outstanding project which demonstrates originality, imagination and excellence.  The Portrait Gallery re-opened to the public on 1 December 2011 following a £17.6m refurbishment, and with an entirely new presentation of its world-famous collection.

Speaking of the nomination, John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: 'We are thrilled to hear that the Scottish National Portrait Gallery has made the shortlist for the Art Fund Prize. There have been some extraordinary developments in the museums and galleries across Scotland and the rest of the UK in the last year, and we are very pleased and honoured to be short listed in such a strong field.  In our redevelopment project we tried to rethink what a portrait gallery could mean for people in the 21st century.  It was important for us to refurbish the building and make it much more accessible and coherent for our visitors; but it was equally important for us to transform the way we present the collections, offering, we hope, a much more vivid and engaging portrait of Scotland past and present. We have been delighted by the response from the public and it is fabulous to have this endorsement from the judges of the Art Fund prize.’

The Portrait Gallery joins The Hepworth Wakefield, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, and Watts Gallery on this year’s shortlist.  The winner will be announced on 19 June.

16 April 2012 nationalgalleries.org wins Best of the Web award

nationalgalleries.org has won the Best of the Web award for Long-lived website at the Museums and the Web 2012 conference. The Long-lived category rewards a museum that has shown a long-term commitment to an excellent online presence and continues to deliver quality, be useful and serve the community.

The Galleries has been working with web developers Keepthinking for 7 years to continuously improve nationalgalleries.org and integrate online channels to offer visitors the best possible experience. The recent redesign of the website focused on adding new interactive features, making visitor information more easily accessible, enhancing mobile and touchscreen compatibility and integrating social media channels. The National Galleries of Scotland is proud to be recognised internationally for its work online.

You can see this year’s other Best of the Web winners on the Museums and the Web 2012 website.

11 April 2012 New acquisition for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce a new acquisition by Alison Watt, one of Scotland’s most distinguished contemporary artists. Self Portrait, (1986-7) was made while the artist was still a student at Glasgow School of Art and has been presented by the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, to celebrate the re-opening of the Gallery in December 2011.  The painting is currently on display.

 

9 April 2012 Call for Scotland + Venice 2013 Curatorial Partner

The National Galleries of Scotland, in partnership with Creative Scotland and the British Council Scotland, are seeking an experienced curator and/or visual arts organisations to work with them in delivering an ambitious and imaginative display for the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice in 2013. More information about this opportunity is available on the Creative Scotland website.

3 April 2012 National Galleries of Scotland and Google Art join forces

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce the launch of a new partnership project with Google Art.  This is part of a wider partnership programme through Google in which art lovers are able, with a few simple clicks, to virtually access paintings, sculpture, street art and photographs from across the world.

National Galleries of Scotland is one of 151 partners across 40 countries. There will be 150 works from the Galleries' collection available through the Google Art portal, including world-class works by Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Raeburn and Titian.

29 March 2012 Find the National Galleries of Scotland on the Art Fund's new Art Guide App

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to feature in a new smartphone app launched today by the Art Fund. Art Guide is free and promotes more than 600 museums, galleries, castles and historic houses across the UK – including all National Galleries of Scotland sites and exhibitions.

Art Guide can be downloaded for free by iPhone users from the Apple App Store and an Android version will be coming soon.

 

14 March 2012 Celebrate the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s Art Fund Prize 2012 nomination on Thursday 15 March

To celebrate its recent nomination for the Art Fund Prize 2012, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery will be holding a ‘Vote for Us’ Day on Thursday 15 March.  Between 10am and 4pm visitors to the Gallery will be able to enjoy free cake from the hugely popular café and anyone who posts a comment on the Art Fund Prize forum will be entered into a draw to win an iPad 2.  A selection of comments submitted will be published on the site and passed to the judges to consider.

The forum and prize draw close at 11.59pm on Sunday 22 April.

8 March 2012 National Galleries launches search for works by Scottish Colourist S. J. Peploe

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art today launched an appeal for owners of paintings by the celebrated Scottish Colourist S. J. Peploe to come forward.  Following the success of its current exhibition devoted to the work of Peploe’s friend F. C. B. Cadell, the Gallery will be holding a major retrospective of Peploe’s work, opening on 3 November 2012.  The exhibition curators are interested in uncovering rarely seen works by one of the most important Scottish artists of the twentieth-century.

Alice Strang, Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art said: 'It would be wonderful to bring to light beautiful paintings by this leading Scottish artist, which have not been seen in public for decades.'

If you think you can help, please contact Alice Strang on astrang@nationalgalleries.org / 0131 624 6328. All information received will be treated in confidence.

1 March 2012 Titian’s 'Diana and Callisto' is secured for the public

The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and the National Gallery in London are delighted to announce that Titian’s great masterpiece Diana and Callisto has been acquired for the public.
This acquisition - along with the purchase of its companion painting Diana and Actaeon in 2009 - ensures that these two superlative works by Titian will remain together on public display in either London or Edinburgh. This also means that the Bridgewater Collection - the greatest private collection of Old Master Paintings in the world – will remain intact on long-term loan at the NGS.
Both institutions were acutely aware of the challenges of launching a public campaign during such difficult economic times and therefore decided to approach individual donors and grant-making trusts in the first instance.  Our initial discussions led to a number of significant pledges of support, with exceptional charitable grants being offered by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Art Fund and The Monument Trust.  We are immensely grateful to all the individuals and trusts whose generous charitable support has made this acquisition possible.

The National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery in London are delighted to announce that Titian’s great masterpiece Diana and Callisto has been acquired for the public.

This acquisition - along with the purchase of its companion painting Diana and Actaeon in 2009 - ensures that these two superlative works by Titian will remain together on public display in either London or Edinburgh. This also means that the Bridgewater Collection - the greatest private collection of Old Master Paintings in the world – will remain intact on long-term loan at the National Galleries of Scotland.

Both institutions were acutely aware of the challenges of launching a public campaign during such difficult economic times and therefore decided to approach individual donors and grant-making trusts in the first instance.  Our initial discussions led to a number of significant pledges of support, with exceptional charitable grants being offered by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and The Monument Trust. We are immensely grateful to all the individuals and trusts whose generous charitable support has made this acquisition possible.

More information.

28 February 2012 The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant wins Best Customer Service of the Year at The Scottish Restaurant Awards 2012

We are delighted to announce The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant at the Scottish National Gallery has won the award for Best Customer Service of the Year at The Scottish Restaurant Awards 2012.

Now in their fifth year the Awards showcase the very best in the country’s restaurant industry, acknowledging  the outstanding creativity, customer service and top quality dining on offer throughout Scotland. The award for Best Customer Service of the Year recognises a restaurant which goes above and beyond to ensure that diners enjoy time spent in their establishment.

17 February 2012 Selected works from The Scottish Colourist Series: FCB Cadell to go on display at The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce that The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum will host selected works from the critically acclaimed retrospective The Scottish Colourist Series: FCB Cadell.  Approximately 40 works, from both public and private British collections, have been chosen to travel to Dundee for the exhibition which runs from 6 April until 17 June 2012.

This exhibition will feature works illustrating all of Cadell's major themes: he is renowned for his stylish portrayals of Edinburgh New Town interiors and the sophisticated society that occupied them; equally celebrated are his vibrantly coloured, daringly simplified still-lives of the 1920s, and his evocative landscapes of the island of Iona.

The Scottish Colourist Series: FCB Cadell opened at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in October 2011 and will remain on display until 18 March 2012.

8 February 2012 The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is long listed for the Art Fund Prize 2012

The refurbished and rejuvenated Scottish National Portrait Gallery, which opened to the public on 1 December, has been long listed for the Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries 2012, it was announced last night.  The £100,000 prize - the largest single arts prize in the UK - is awarded annually to a museum or gallery for an outstanding project which demonstrates originality, imagination and excellence.  A short list of four nominees will be announced in May, before this year’s prize is awarded on 19 June.

This is the fifth year that the Art Fund - the national fundraising charity for works of art - has sponsored the prize, which was created in 2002.  The prize was awarded to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2004 for the Landform created by Charles Jencks in the Gallery’s grounds.

Speaking of the nomination for the 2012 prize, John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: ‘The redevelopment of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery has given us the opportunity to do something very special, not only fulfilling, for the first time, the architect’s original vision for the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery but also creating a unique opportunity to redefine what a portrait gallery is today. We have transformed the way we present our collection, offering a much more vivid and engaging portrait of Scotland past and present.  We are extremely pleased and honoured to make the long list for the Art Fund Prize, which is hugely significant in making the public aware of the great things happening in museums and galleries across the UK.’

20 January 2012 James Holloway CBE to retire from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The National Galleries of Scotland announces today that James Holloway CBE will retire from his post as Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery at the end of January 2012.  James has held this position since 1997 and led the highly successful project to refurbish and revitalize the Portrait Gallery which reopened on 1st December last year, on time and within budget. Since then over 80,000 visitors have flocked through the doors and the Portrait Gallery has attracted many favourable reviews both nationally and internationally.

More information on the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

11 January 2012 Tate and National Galleries of Scotland appoint new Managing Curator for Artist Rooms

Tate and National Galleries of Scotland have appointed Amy Dickson as the new Managing Curator of ARTIST ROOMS. Amy Dickson has been an Assistant Curator at Tate Modern since 2005 and started her new role on 9 January 2012. Amy will be based in London and Edinburgh and will manage ARTIST ROOMS, the inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art donated in 2008 by Anthony d’Offay to Tate and National Galleries of Scotland.

View ARTIST ROOMS online.

20 December 2011 Scottish National Gallery acquires a major new watercolour by Turner

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce a new acquisition, Rome from Monte Mario (1820) by J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851).  This stunning watercolour has recently been allocated to the Scottish National Gallery through the Acceptance in Lieu of Tax scheme and will take pride of place in the Gallery’s much-loved 2012 Turner in January exhibition.  Rome from Monte Mario will strengthen this outstanding, annual display, illustrating an aspect of the artist’s work not previously represented.

See Rome from Monte Mario online.

30 November 2011 Scottish National Portrait Gallery opens its doors

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery will open to the public today, following an ambitious £17.6m restoration project. The renowned artist and playwright John Byrne will be the first to enter the building at 10am on 1 December and First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond will declare the Gallery officially open at a ceremony in the afternoon.

This major refurbishment of the Gallery – the first in its 120-year history – has restored much of the architect’s original vision, opening up previously inaccessible parts of the building and increasing the public space by more than 60 percent.  It has also added a range of new facilities that will utterly transform visitors’ experience of the Gallery.  Entry to the new Portrait Gallery will be completely free

More information on the 17 new displays

9 November 2011 Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Harvey Nichols Edinburgh bring together the Glamorous and the Great

Lovers of high fashion will get a special preview of the newly refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery a week ahead of the official opening, at an utterly unique event organised in collaboration with Harvey Nichols. This one-off celebration of the Edinburgh store’s autumn/winter collections, at 6.30pm Friday 25 November, will see some of the Gallery's beautifully restored spaces transformed for the evening into a catwalk.

The Gallery opens to the public on Thursday 1 December, following an ambitious £17.6 million refurbishment, and with an entirely new presentation of its world-famous collection. Guests at the fashion show and drinks reception will be among the first to see the magnificent suite of top-lit galleries on the third floor, which has been restored to its intended splendour.  The new display Blazing with Crimson: Tartan Portraits will be a striking backdrop for the season’s styles and designer wear on show.

Tickets for this exclusive event are £25 and available from Customer Services in Harvey Nichols or call 0131 524 8388.

26 October 2011 A New Look to nationalgalleries.org

nationalgalleries.org will re-launch today with a new look and a greater focus on the unique aspects of the three galleries across Edinburgh. New features include interactive floorplans and trails, gallery visit hub sections, bringing together information about the range of facilities, events and activities available to visitors, and a completely revised What's On section designed to reflect the breadth of the Galleries’ public programme.

Improvements have been made to the site's usability, and changes made to enhance compatibility with mobile browsing and touchscreen devices, and integrate our social media channels.

16 August 2011 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art acquires key work by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is delighted to announce the acquisition of The Mysterious Garden (1911) by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (1865-1933). This stunning work is a superb addition to the Gallery’s holding of early twentieth-century Scottish art. The acquisition has been made in celebration of the Gallery’s 50th anniversary which took place in 2010.  The Mysterious Garden was purchased for £230,000 from the Fine Art Society, London with substantial assistance of £115,000 from the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for works of art.

The Mysterious Garden is a rare and beautiful work that shows a woman artist at the forefront of developments in the arts at the beginning of the twentieth century.  First exhibited almost exactly a century ago, in March 1911, at the Royal Scottish Society for Painters in Watercolour in Glasgow, it is one of the artist’s largest independent watercolours. Mackintosh’s masterpiece evokes a dream-like state and seems to render an almost child-like interior world of the imagination. This style is typical of Macdonald Mackintosh’s work and the concerns of other members of the Glasgow School; however it can also be seen as part of a wider symbolist movement across Europe exemplifying the far reaching influence of the Scottish artists at that time.

See The Mysterious Garden in our online collection.

4 May 2011 Culture Hack Scotland

The National Galleries of Scotland has joined 12 other arts organisations to be part of this year’s Culture Hack Scotland. This unique event will bring together Edinburgh’s world-famous festivals and other leading Scottish cultural organisations with software developers and creative technologists to see what amazing new things they can make in just 24 hours. The event is being held in Edinburgh on 6-7 May 2011 for more information visit the Culture Hack Scotland website.

17 March 2011 Portrait Gallery Project Receives £2 Million Funding Boost

The National Galleries is delighted to announce a £2 million boost from Scottish Government to Portrait of the Nation, the ambitious project to renovate the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.  Transformed by a huge increase in exhibition space and a range of new visitor services, the Gallery will re-open on 30th November 2011.

Thanks to this additional grant, the £17.6 million target for the first phase of the fundraising campaign has now been reached. We are now looking to raise a further £1m to realise the original vision for the project.

3 March 2011 Major Picasso Exhibition Announced for Summer 2012

The first exhibition to explore Pablo Picasso’s lifelong connections with Britain will be the highlight of the summer season at the Gallery of Modern Art in 2012.  Picasso and Britain will examine Picasso’s evolving critical reputation here and British artists’ responses to his work.

Originating at Tate Britain, this pioneering show marks the first time that the two organisations have collaborated on a major exhibition.

14 February 2011 Response to press reports on Gaelic Language consultation

We wish to clarify that recent reports which suggest that the National Galleries of Scotland are poised to spend vast sums of money on signage and branding in Gaelic are entirely misleading.

Like all national bodies in Scotland, we are required by law to carry out a consultation plan as part the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. This consultation is now underway but any measures that we might eventually take forward to promote the Gaelic language will be proportionate, appropriate and covered within our existing budgets.

Please view and feedback on our draft proposals for implementing a Gaelic Language plan here.

10 February 2011 Vettriano self-portrait to be shown in new Portrait Gallery

Vettriano self-portrait to be shown in new Portrait Gallery

A self-portrait by Jack Vettriano will feature in a new display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, which is to re-open this autumn after a major refurbishment.

Titled The Weight, the painting depicts the artist sitting in profile in a darkened interior. It was made in 2010, and has been offered on long-term loan to the Gallery by a UK private collector.

Vettriano was born in Fife in 1951, and has shown his work in galleries around the world, with solo exhibitions in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong and New York.

The £17.6 m project to renovate the SNPG will dramatically increase the amount of exhibition space within the building, and will reinvent the way in which the national collection is displayed, illustrating the richness of Scotland’s culture with a dynamic programme of changing displays.

13 January 2011 National Galleries of Scotland launches new charity partnership with People's Postcode Lottery

National Galleries of Scotland launches new charity partnership with People's Postcode Lottery

A new partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland and the People’s Postcode Lottery launched today. To mark the occasion Miss Scotland, Nicola Mimnagh, handed over a cheque for £159,364, the amount raised by People’s Postcode Lottery for the National Galleries of Scotland to date. This important new source of funding will help support new exhibitions and education programmes.

The People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery where members play with their postcodes to win prizes and raise cash for good causes. They have raised over over £7.4 million for Scottish charity partners to date, including the Woodland Trust Scotland, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, Scottish Wildlife Trust and CHILDREN 1ST.

Find out more about our partnership with the People’s Postcode Lottery.

11 January 2011 Café at Gallery of Modern Art closes temporarily for refurbishment

The Café at the Gallery of Modern Art will be temporarily closed from Monday 17 January to Sunday 6 February inclusive, and the new look Café will re-open on Monday 7 February.

This refurbishment which is being carried out by the Café operators, Heritage Portfolio Ltd, includes the following changes:

  • Improvements to the main servery and pay point area
  • Increased capacity both internally and externally
  • New flooring, ceiling finish, tables, chairs and lighting
  • Reconfiguration of customer entrance
  • Facelift of toilets

Further details and pictures of the new Café coming soon.

The Dean Gallery Café and the Scottish Cafe and Restaurant remain open as normal.

14 October 2010 Travelling Gallery back in Edinburgh with IMPOSSIBLE NATION

The National Galleries of Scotland Outreach team are collaborating with the Travelling Gallery to explore what the concept of the ‘nation’ means to young Scots.

The interior of the Travelling Gallery has being completely transformed by the artists using every available surface and combining a range of media including drawing, painting, spray painting, sculpture, paste-ups and projections.

Find out more about this exciting project from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 16th October 2010 when The Travelling Gallery will be outside the National Gallery of Scotland.

8 October 2010 Road restrictions around Modern Art Galleries from 18th October

Due to gas maintenance work conducted by Scotland Gas Networks, diversions will be in place for vehicles around the Gallery of Modern Art and Dean Gallery from 18th October 2010.

Vehicle access to both the Gallery of Modern Art and Dean Gallery car parks will be maintained via Queensferry Road and Ravelston Dykes. However, vehicle access will not be possible from the Palmerston Place approach from this time.

The no.13 bus route will be diverted via Queensferry Road. The nearest bus stop to the Gallery of Modern Art and Dean Gallery will be at the junction of Queensferry Terrace and Ravelston Dykes.

The work is expected to be complete in early December 2010.

Pedestrian access will not be restricted by this work.

5 October 2010 ARTIST ROOMS 2011 Tour Announced

ARTIST ROOMS 2011 Tour Announced

National Galleries of Scotland and Tate are delighted to announce plans for 2011 ARTIST ROOMS tour.

The tour in 2011 will include venues in Dumfries, Hull, Kendal, Kilmarnock, Leeds, Llandudno and Orkney. The Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for works of art, also announced today that, for the third year running, it is sponsoring the UK tour with funding of £250,000 including funds set aside for regional galleries to spend on promotional, community and educational activities.

Find out more about ARTIST ROOMS in your area.

5 October 2010 Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 2011 Public Programme

Following on from the success of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is delighted to announce the key components of the forthcoming public programme for 2011.

There are three major exhibitions are planned: a retrospective of the work of Elizabeth Blackadder will our major summer exhibition at the National Gallery Complex from 2 July – 23 October 2011;  an exhibition of the work of celebrated sculptor Tony Cragg at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art from 30 July – 6 November 2011; and in the first of our Scottish Colourist Series a retrospective of the work of Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell from the 15 October 2011 – 18 March 2012.

13 September 2010 Papal Visit - Thursday 16 September

Pope Benedict XVI will make an official Papal State visit to Britain for four days, beginning in Edinburgh on 16th September. To mark the occasion there will be a procession at approximately 12.30 taking him from Holyrood, along Regent Road, Princes Street, then to the official residence of Cardinal Keith O’Brien in Morningside.

The National Gallery Complex will be open as usual. However, access may be difficult due to the expected crowds on Princes Street, extensive disruption to public transport, and road closures throughout the city centre.

We recommend visitors to the Galleries approach from the south (coming from the Royal Mile via the Mound) rather than from Princes Street.

There will be very few crossing points available on Princes Street for security reasons. Crossing points will be:

  • Waterloo Place
  • Waverley Bridge
  • Foot of Hanover Street / Royal Scottish Academy
  • Kings Stables Road.

Please note:

  • There will be no crossing point on the west end of Princes Street, i.e. from the Mound to Kings Stables Road.
  • Crossings will not be open at certain times because of the St Ninian’s day parade and the Papal procession.

Princes Street Gardens will be closed from early morning until late afternoon. However, visitors will still have access to the Weston Link entrance to the National Gallery Complex by going through the gate across from the Royal Scottish Academy Building.

There will be no disabled parking at the Mound as the area is being kept clear of vehicles.

Road closures will not restrict access to the Modern Art Galleries, but visitors should be mindful that some routes of travel through the city may not be available.

For more information on the visit and all road closures, see the Edinburgh City Council's page on the Papal Visit.

For information on bus route diversions, see the Lothian Buses page on the Papal Visit.

23 July 2010 Internationally renowned artist Robert Therrien donates two sculptures to ARTIST ROOMS collection

Internationally renowned artist Robert Therrien donates two sculptures to ARTIST ROOMS collection

The National Galleries of Scotland and Tate are delighted to announce that the internationally renowned American artist, Robert Therrien has very generously given two major sculptures to the ARTIST ROOMS collection. These two seminal pieces, No Title (Beard Cart) (2004) and No Title (Stacked Plates) (2010) will significantly enhance the group of five important works by the artist already featured in the ARTIST ROOMS collection that was created by the collector Anthony d’Offay in 2008. The addition of these two gifts establishes a world-class holding of Therrien’s work that will allow visitors around the UK to explore the artist’s remarkable work in even greater depth.

The first of the two sculptures given by Robert Therrien, No Title (Beard Cart) (2004), is one of a series of works in which the artist has incorporated beards of various sizes. This apparently unlikely subject recalls modes of disguise, as well as the bearded men of folklore and children’s stories. The most recent work, No Title (Stacked Plates) (2010), comprises twenty giant beige-coloured plates and bowls stacked to form a precarious tower over two metres high. The plates are modelled on a style of kitchenware found in American roadside diners in the first part of the twentieth century, evoking nostalgia for a lost era, while their larger than life size transforms them into an abstracted sculpture.

A display of Robert Therrien’s work featuring the two gifts will be on show as part of phase three of What you see is where you’re at at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh from 24 July 2010 until early 2011.

8 July 2010 The National Heritage Memorial Fund at 30

The National Heritage Memorial Fund at 30

2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF). This is a Fund of last resort, providing grants to help acquire the UK’s most precious heritage at risk of loss, as a permanent memorial to those who have given their lives in service to the country.

Since its establishment in 1980, the NHMF has awarded grants totalling just under £300 million to help acquire and preserve national treasures, ranging from historic houses and works of art to our natural, industrial and maritime heritage. Among the 1,200-plus items safeguarded are such national icons as The Flying Scotsman locomotive, Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose, Turner’s The Blue Rigi and, most recently, the Staffordshire Hoard.

The Fund has been exceptional in its generosity to the National Galleries of Scotland, awarding nearly £16 million to help acquire such outstanding works as Antonio Canova’s The Three Graces, Allan Ramsay’s Portrait of Lord Drummore, ARTIST ROOMS (The Anthony d’Offay Collection of modern and contemporary art) and, just last year, Titian’s Diana and Actaeon.

To mark its 30th birthday and acknowledge its invaluable support, the NHMF’s anniversary logo will appear on the gallery labels of all National Galleries of Scotland objects it has helped to acquire.

For further information about the NHMF and its activities, please visit the NHMF website.

2 July 2010 Dean Gallery closures

Gallery spaces in the Dean Gallery will be closed until Saturday, 10th July in preparation for the Another World exhibition.

Café Newton will be closed from 4pm on Monday 5th July until 10am on Friday 9th July due to refurbishment.

The Dean Gallery shop will remain open as usual throughout this time.

The National Galleries of Scotland regrets any inconvenience caused by these closures.

8 June 2010 BNY Mellon to Sponsor Summer Blockbuster

BNY Mellon to Sponsor Summer Blockbuster

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce that BNY Mellon is to sponsor Impressionist Gardens, this year’s major summer exhibition at the National Gallery Complex in Edinburgh. This will be the first time that BNY Mellon, which recently sponsored The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and his Letters at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, has supported the National Galleries of Scotland.

4 June 2010 Curious findings unveiled in BBC2’s 'The Glasgow Boys'

Curious findings unveiled in BBC2’s 'The Glasgow Boys'

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to have contributed to the making of The Glasgow Boys, a BBC2 production that coincides with the current exhibition, Pioneering Painters at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and our own Drawing Inspiration display at the National Gallery Complex.

A most interesting discovery is detailed in the programme involving an x-ray and a painting from our collection by William York MacGregor, The Vegetable Stall

For more information on what was revealed in the painting, check out the Conservation department's project, X-ray of The Vegetable Stall. If you missed it on TV, you can catch The Glasgow Boys again on BBC iPlayer.

28 April 2010 Antony Gormley '6 Times'

Antony Gormley '6 Times'

Work has begun in Edinburgh this month on an extraordinary multi-part sculptural project by the celebrated British artist Antony Gormley. Commissioned by the National Galleries of Scotland, 6 Times will consist of six life-sized figures positioned between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea.

Four of the figures will be sited in the Water of Leith itself, acting as gauges for the height of the river as it swells and recedes. The figure closest to the sea, at Leith Docks, is now in place and installation of the further figures will take place throughout June.

This will be the first time that a work in the National Galleries’ collection has been permanently located across the city of Edinburgh itself.

26 February 2010 National Galleries of Scotland announce partnership with The High Museum in Atlanta

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce a major new partnership with The High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The Galleries will be sending a series of exhibitions over the next four years to Atlanta and to other institutions in the US to raise the profile of the Galleries and its collection in North America. The Galleries wants to attract attention to the world-class quality of its holdings and to broaden its international base of support. The Galleries also hope to help raise awareness in the US of the importance of Scotland as a centre for the visual arts.

The first exhibition will be “Venetian Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland” and will comprise 13 paintings and 12 drawings from the Galleries collection. This is the first exhibition in a series that will unfold over the next four years. Further touring exhibitions highlighting differing aspects of the National Galleries of Scotland collections are under development.

24 February 2010 National Galleries of Scotland receives Sandford Award for excellence in heritage education

National Galleries of Scotland receives Sandford Award for excellence in heritage education

The National Galleries of Scotland Schools' Programme has received the Sandford Award for Heritage Education; the only independent benchmarking of educational excellence in the heritage sector in the UK.  The award was presented this month to Schools Education Officer, Joanna Mawdsley by the Duke of Wessex at a special ceremony at Windsor Castle.

The Judges praised the National Galleries of Scotland concluding: Central to their schools programmes is a commitment to helping children explore the collections themselves and making them feel confident about their ideas about paintings and artists.  To find out more about our schools programme and other events visit the Education pages of our website.

9 February 2010 Scottish tour plans announced in celebration of the first anniversary of the acquisition of 'Diana & Actaeon'

Scottish tour plans announced in celebration of the first anniversary of the acquisition of 'Diana & Actaeon'

The National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery in London are delighted to announce plans for a Scottish tour of Titian’s Diana & Actaeon. This masterpiece was secured for the nation in 2009 with the help of generous contributions from both private and public donations and will now go on public display in three Scottish cities. Those participating are; Aberdeen Art Gallery from 28 May to 27 June, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow from 1 July to 1 August and McManus Galleries, Dundee from 6 August to 5 September.

Diana and Actaeon by Titian was formerly part of the Bridgewater Collection; a collection of paintings on long term loan to the National Gallery of Scotland from the Duke of Sutherland since 1945. The Galleries have also been granted the opportunity to buy a second painting - Diana and Callisto - for a similar amount by 2012.

20 January 2010 National Gallery of Scotland's Rousseau appears in BBC world history

National Gallery of Scotland's Rousseau appears in BBC world history

Allan Ramsay’s iconic portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau has been included in the BBC project A History of the World. This remarkable portrait was created as a gift for the philosopher’s host, after Rousseau was forced to flee the Swiss and French authorities to Britain in 1766. The painting is now on show at the National Gallery of Scotland.

A History of the World is a unique partnership between the BBC, the British Museum and other collections across the UK, including the National Galleries of Scotland. As a part of this project Allan Ramsay’s painting has now been incorporated into the BBC’s digital museum of world history.

17 December 2009 Only Leonardo painting in Scotland goes on display at the National Gallery of Scotland

Only Leonardo painting in Scotland goes on display at the National Gallery of Scotland

The National Gallery of Scotland is delighted to announce that the painting, The Madonna of the Yarnwinder by Leonardo da Vinci will go on display in the Gallery from today. In 2003 it was stolen from Drumlanrig Castle, the Dumfriesshire home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry. The painting was recovered in 2007.

The Madonna of the Yarnwinder is the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in Scotland and is on loan to the Gallery from the Duke and the Trustees of the Buccleuch Heritage Trust.

16 December 2009 Reattribution of Prince Charles Edward Stuart picture

Reattribution of Prince Charles Edward Stuart picture

A recent article in the British Art Journal by Dr Edward Corp has led curators at the SNPG to re-assess the identity of the sitter in a pastel by Maurice Quentin de la Tour.

The painting was previously thought to depict Prince Charles Edward Stuart.  Both Charles and his younger brother Prince Henry Benedict, who closely resembled each other, sat for the French artist in the mid-1740s, but only the pastel now in question is known to have survived.

In the absence of wholly conclusive evidence, Dr Corp’s new research suggests that it is more likely that our pastel depicts Henry, and the portrait will be appropriately labelled when it goes on display in the refurbished Portrait Gallery, which is due to re-open in autumn 2011.

24 November 2009 'Work No. 975 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT' at the Gallery of Modern Art

'Work No. 975 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT' at the Gallery of Modern Art

A new commission by the Scottish Turner prize winning artist Martin Creed has been installed on the front of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The striking blue neon text entitled, Work No. 975 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT, is positioned along the length of the frieze on the front of the Gallery.

The work is on show as part of What you see is where you’re at, a total re-hang of the gallery to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding, which opens to the public on the 28th November.

10 November 2009 Portrait of the Nation project receives £2 million grant from Monument Trust

Portrait of the Nation project receives £2 million grant from Monument Trust

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce a £2 million boost to its Portrait of the Nation project, the ambitious scheme to transform the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.  This generous award, which has been made by The Monument Trust, a Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust, comes in the week that building contractors moved into the Gallery, and work began in earnest on the refurbishment.

Following on from contributions from other major funders, such as the Scottish Government, which committed £5.1 million in December 2007, and the Heritage Lottery Fund, which confirmed its grant of £4.8 million in March 2009, we have now raised more than 80 percent of the £17.6 million total.

6 November 2009 New installation by Nathan Coley in grounds of Dean Gallery

New installation by Nathan Coley in grounds of Dean Gallery

A major work by Turner prize nominated artist Nathan Coley has been installed in the grounds of the Dean Gallery.  Visitors will be confronted by a large illuminated text with the words: ‘THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLES HERE’.

The text is attached to a free-standing scaffold, six metres high and six metres wide. The words are divided into three lines, giving them the formal appearance of a poem.

This art work has been installed in advance of the first part of the forthcoming re-hang of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, What you see is where you’re at, which opens on 28th November.

27 October 2009 Art Competition for Schools 2009 winning works hit the road

Art Competition for Schools 2009 winning works hit the road

The 53 fantastic winning pieces from this year's Art Competition for Schools will be on display around Scotland as follows:

  • 26 October 2009 - 13 January 2010 at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
  • 18 January 2010 - 14 March 2010 at The MacRobert Art Centre, Stirling
  • 1 April 2010 - 19 May 2010 at The Lime Tree Gallery, Fort William
If you missed them the first time round, or you are looking for inspiration for this year's competition, come along and see how children from nursery, primary, secondary and special education schools have taken inspiration from the National Galleries of Scotland's collection.

30 September 2009 The finest Scottish art and food come together at the National Gallery

The finest Scottish art and food come together at the National Gallery

We are delighted to announce a new collaboration with Victor and Carina Contini, the hugely successful partnership that brought the restaurant Centotre to Edinburgh.

The Scottish Café and Restaurant at the National Gallery will celebrate the very best ingredients from Scottish producers and growers, offering delicious, yet affordable food in a wonderful setting.

The restaurant, which, for the first time, will serve breakfast every day from 9.00 am, will open on 19 October 2009, in the National Gallery Complex, on The Mound. The restaurant will also now open for dinner on Saturday evenings.

For more information, see Shopping & Eating at the National Gallery.

28 August 2009 New commission for Dean Gallery by Richard Wright: The Stairwells Project

New commission for Dean Gallery by Richard Wright: The Stairwells Project

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce a major new commission by 2009 Turner Prize nominee Richard Wright.

The Stairwells Project will see the internationally acclaimed, Glasgow-based artist make wall-drawings in the stairwells of the Dean Gallery. The project has been made possible by the Scottish Government's Expo Fund, which has announced awards for three new commissions this week.

The Stairwells Project will be Wright's largest artwork to date, and will be completed for the opening of the 2010 Edinburgh Art Festival.

19 August 2009 National Gallery at 150 eTour

National Gallery at 150 eTour

This year, to celebrate the National Gallery of Scotland’s 150th anniversary, we have collaborated with the Saturday Herald Magazine in asking a selection of well-known Scottish public figures to choose their favourite artwork in the Gallery’s collection.

We received enthusiastic responses from a wide variety of famous Scots, including Brian Cox, Michael Russell and Alison Watt.

You can enjoy an eTour of the top ten choices here.

18 August 2009 Art Competition for Schools 2010

Art Competition for Schools 2010

The National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition for Schools 2010 is up and running ready for the start of the new school year.

Now in its seventh year, the competition this year is expected to be bigger than ever.  With categories for all school groups, from primary 1 to senior and special schools, and a group entry category, there is something for everyone.

Full details, teacher notes and images to inspire here.

24 April 2009 Summer highlight at the National Gallery Complex announced

Summer highlight at the National Gallery Complex announced

A spectacular celebration of Spanish culture will bring some Mediterranean colour to Edinburgh this summer, as the National Gallery of Scotland unveils the highlight of its festival programme for 2009.  'The Discovery of Spain' will explore the fascination for Spanish art and culture in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain, with paintings by Velázquez, El Greco, Murillo and Zurbarán forming a dramatic centerpiece for the exhibition.

The work of major British artists, such as Sir David Wilkie, David Roberts, John Phillip and Arthur Melville, who were captivated by the experience of travelling through Spain, will also dominate the show.  

The exhibition can only be seen in Edinburgh, and will include over 130 paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and photographs. 

1 April 2009 New Chairman for National Galleries of Scotland announced

New Chairman for National Galleries of Scotland announced

The Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution Michael Russell has announced today the appointment of Ben Thomson as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Ben Thomson is the Chairman of Edinburgh-based investment bank Noble Group which he joined in 1990, being Chief Executive from 1997 to 2007.

He is also Chairman of both children’s publisher Barrington Stoke and Reform Scotland, the non party aligned Scottish think tank.

To find out more visit the Scottish Government news website.

31 March 2009 Heritage Lottery Fund confirms £4.5 million grant for refurbishment of Portrait Gallery

Heritage Lottery Fund confirms £4.5 million grant for refurbishment of Portrait Gallery

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the National Galleries of Scotland are delighted to announce that the HLF has confirmed the £4.5m award to support Portrait of the Nation, the imaginative scheme to renovate and rejuvenate the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Scottish Government already announced its support in December 2007 with a grant for £5.1 million.

The HLF grant comes just as the gallery is about to close to the public in order to start the refurbishment process. Join us on 4th and 5th April for a celebratory weekend marking the temporary closure of the gallery as we begin our exciting and ambitious Portrait of the Nation project.

24 March 2009 Winners announced for Inspired? Get Writing!

Winners announced for Inspired? Get Writing!

Judging is now complete for the 2009 Inspired? Get Writing! creative writing competition.  927 people submitted prose or poetry all inspired by works in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Hear the winning entries read aloud in front of the pieces that inspired them on Thursday 7 May 2009 in the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Gallery Complex.

This is the fourth year of the competition which is a three-way partnership between National Galleries of Scotland, English Speaking Union and the Scottish Poetry Library.

2 February 2009 Diana and Actaeon is secured for the nation

Diana and Actaeon is secured for the nation

The National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery, London are delighted to announce that Titian’s Diana and Actaeon has been acquired for the nation from the Duke of Sutherland.

The acquisition has been made possible with the generous contributions from private and public donations, Scottish Government, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Monument Trust, The Art Fund charity and National Gallery, London and National Galleries of Scotland funds.

22 January 2009 ARTIST ROOMS Tour launched

ARTIST ROOMS Tour launched

The tour of ARTIST ROOMS, a unique scheme to bring one of the largest and most imaginative acquisitions of post-war and contemporary art to audiences across Britain, from Bill Viola in Stromness to Joseph Beuys in Bexhill on Sea, is launched today.

Throughout 2009, 18 museums and galleries across the UK will be showing over 30 ARTIST ROOMS from the collection created by the dealer and collector, Anthony d’Offay, and acquired by the nation in February 2008. This is the first time a national collection has been shared and shown simultaneously across the UK, and has only been made possible through the exceptional generosity of independent charity The Art Fund and, in Scotland, of the Scottish Government.

Find out more in the ARTIST ROOMS section of this website.

16 January 2009 National Galleries of Scotland joins Flickr Commons photography archive

National Galleries of Scotland joins Flickr Commons photography archive

National Galleries of Scotland has launched a presence for some of the extraordinary works from the Scottish National Photography Collection on photograph sharing website Flickr.

The Commons, a section of the Flickr site whose aim is to bring together 'the hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives', has been live since 2008.  National Galleries of Scotland is now the 18th organisation to have launched a presence there, and the first Scottish organisation to do so.

There are currently just over 100 photographs from the Photography Collection available to view, ranging from portraits of Victorian Scots by Hill and Adamson to images of the Glasgow Exhibition of 1888, to views of fishermen at work on the banks of the Yangtze river in China.

More photographs will be made available over the coming months.

Select here to go to the National Galleries of Scotland's Flickr Commons page.

20 June 2008 Visual Impairment Programme awarded funding until 2010

Visual Impairment Programme awarded funding until 2010

The National Galleries of Scotland is delighted to announce that the Trustees of Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust have decided to continue their support of the NGS Education Visual Impairment Programme for the next two years.  Provided for visitors with all levels of visual impairment, this programme provides specifically designed guided tours and workshops, led by trained educators.  Thanks to the Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust, which has funded this programme for the last two years, we can continue to provide these sessions free of charge until March 2010. 

If you would like to find out more about our Community Education Programme, please call Mary Kilpatrick, Community Education Officer, on 0131 624 6428.

Miss Agnes H Hunter's Trust is an Edinburgh-based charity funding activities in support of the blind in Scotland, those suffering physical or mental illness or disability, the education and training of disadvantaged people and those charities enquiring into the cause, relief or cure of arthritis, cancer or tuberculosis.

2 August 2007 New Members for the Board of Trustees

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Herbert Coutts and the reappointment of Mr Charles James Dawnay to the Board of Trustees for the National Galleries of Scotland. Both appointments will be for a four-year term and will run from 1 August 2007 until 31 July 2011.

Herbert Coutts has served in senior local government cultural posts for more than forty years. For the final period of his career, Coutts directed the Capital’s Culture and Leisure Department.

James Dawnay is a member of the National Trust and The National Trust for Scotland. He has been a Director of London’s oldest established fine art consultancy, Gurr Johns, and holds Chairmanships and Directorships with various Trusts in the fields of arts and architecture, museums and finance. He is also a Director of a number of Investment Trust companies.

12 June 2007 National Galleries of Scotland Disability Equality Scheme published

The National Galleries of Scotland Disability Equality Scheme and Action Plan is now available to view online.

The document aims to show how, through changing attitudes, the development of partnerships and increased expertise, the Galleries can continue to be proactive in recognising and removing the barriers which disabled people face in accessing the National Galleries of Scotland and its collections.

2 April 2007 New Members for Board of Trustees

Four new members have joined the Board of Trustees for the National Galleries of Scotland this Spring. Richard Burns and James Knox joined the Board in February, replacing Giles Weaver and Valerie Atkinson. Additionally, Ray Macfarlane and Alasdair Morton joined the Board in March, replacing Gavin Gemmell and Ian McKenzie Smith. Details of all the Trustees can be found in the About Us section of the National Galleries website.