Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 ('the Act') gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities.

Any person who makes a request to a public authority for information is entitled to receive that information, subject to exemptions.

The National Galleries of Scotland must adopt and maintain a publication scheme setting out the information that it routinely makes available to the public, under section 23 of the Act. NGS has chosen to adopt the model publication scheme of the Scottish Information Commissioner from 1 June 2015 to 31 May 2019. The model publication scheme can be viewed on the Commissioner's website.

In adopting the model publication scheme, NGS is required to make available a Guide to Information for use by the public.  This guide should set out what information is available, how it can be accessed and whether there are any charges for that information.  NGS' Guide to Information is available from this page (please use the link on the right hand side).

If you are looking for information not listed in the Guide to Information you can submit a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  Please send requests to:

Kathryn Farrell
Policy and Performance Manager
Director-General's Office
National Galleries of Scotland
73 Belford Road

Alternatively you can submit requests by email to or by telephone to 0131 624 6473.