Sustainability

Recognising an urgent need to play our part in combating the climate and ecological emergency

We recognise the Climate and Ecological Emergency and are actively working to reduce our carbon emissions and improve our environmental impact. Here you can find out more about what we are doing internally, as well as discover parts of our collection which help us understand the environment better

Environmental Response Plan

Art has the universal power to inspire us and all of our stakeholders in responding to the collective challenge we face. 

A new Environmental Response Plan has been developed through close consultation with colleagues from across our organisation. It recognises that a significant amount of work has already been achieved, and much of it behind the scenes.

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Climate Action Needs Culture

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Art & artists

Art & artists

Conversations with the Collection | Creative Terrains

This display at Modern One looks at artists responses to the natural environment, which can be an active, emotive, creative, or political force within artistic practice.

Conversations with the Collection | Material Matters

In this display, artists tell new stories using old materials. Taking an imaginative leap, they create innovative ways of looking at the world by working with overlooked objects with the potential to be recycled or repurposed.

Artist at Work and the environment

Nature, the environment, sustainability and landscape are popular themes in these art works created by staff and volunteers at the National Galleries of Scotland.

Land art

A movement beginning in the 1960s that sought a direct engagement with nature, creating artworks in and with the landscape.

The World's Edge | Thomas Joshua Cooper in conversation

Thomas Joshua Cooper has circumnavigated the globe making photographs of the edges of the Atlantic Ocean. Here he talks with curator Anne Lyden about his work and shares his observations of climate change over the 32-year period of the project.

Staff Insights on Richard Long

Security and Visitor Services team have a unique relationship with our collection. Colleagues from this team have written creative responses to an artwork or artist. This blog was written by Josh on English artist Richard Long.

How Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis

From its earliest origins, people’s relationship with nature and the environment has been a core theme in art. In earlier examples, artists portrayed the natural world as a mystic, powerful entity, a physically dominating force. But in recent decades, that dynamic has turned on its head, as humankind’s impact on our environment becomes ever more clear, urgent, and irreversible.

In this new film we look at what role artists have in tackling our urgent climate issues and explore the different approaches they’ve taken to raise awareness and engage us with our increasingly fragile world. This film is part of a new series The Art of Discomfort which looks at how artists explore or present challenging themes in their work.

Patricia Macdonald

Patricia Macdonald

In this series of features, Patricia Macdonald (University of Edinburgh and Aerographica consultancy) considers environmental issues relating to climate change and biodiversity in the contexts of a series of key Scottish landscapes.

Exploring environmental change in the Cairngorms

In this article Patricia Macdonald takes as starting points three of her aerial photographic artworks to consider environmental issues relating to climate change and biodiversity in the contexts of a series of key Scottish landscapes.

Considering melting ice

Patricia Macdonald continues her series of articles that use her aerial photographic artworks to consider environmental issues relating to climate change and biodiversity in the contexts of a series of key Scottish landscapes – the focus this time being the subject of melting ice.

Looking at sea-level rise

Patricia Macdonald continues her series of articles that use her aerial photographic artworks to consider environmental issues relating to climate change and biodiversity in the contexts of a series of key Scottish landscapes – the focus this time being rising sea levels.

Projects

Projects

Your Art World

Your Art World provides art challenges designed by children, for children. We want to inspire you to think, wonder, make and share your art in our online gallery. It could be 2D, 3D, film, animation, performance, writing or anything else you can think of.

The challenges invite children and young people to identify themes that matter to them. Sustainability is often a theme, such as the current word challenge Protect or past challenge What would it be like to be tiny like a bee?.

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Art Competition for Schools and Families 2020

For the 2020 Art Competition for Schools and Families the category for entrants in S1 to S3 was 'climate change'. In this video Siobhan McConnachie, Head of Learning & Engagement at National Galleries of Scotland, and one of the judges from the S1-3 category introduces the winners.

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Outdoor art trails

Outdoor art trails

Take some time out to explore the grounds at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Or follow the Water of Leith to take in all six sculptures in Antony Gormley's site specific series.

Sensory trail

Take some time out to explore the grounds and find our six creative prompts, scattered around the sculptures, at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Walk, Talk, Make Sculpture Trail

This is an online version of a printed trail to help you and your family find out about some artists, their artworks and provide some prompts for you to make your own art, amongst the trees.

Art Stomps (for the under 5s)

The grounds at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are perfect for exploring with your family. This family trail helps you do just that.

Visiting Antony Gormley’s 6 TIMES

Follow this stunning series of six sculptures for a beautiful stroll through Edinburgh along the Water of Leith.

How can I take climate action?

How can I take climate action?

We are working hard to actively reduce our carbon emissions and improve our environmental impact. Discover some ways that you can get involved while visiting us -  to tackle the Climate Emergency we must all work together.

Reports

Reports

We recognise the Climate and Ecological Emergency and are actively working to reduce our carbon emissions and improve our environmental impact.

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If you have any questions about sustainability at National Galleries of Scotland get in touch.

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