Art in the Open | Pop-up creative workshops in Edinburgh

Have you ever fancied giving art a go from a different perspective? At the National Galleries of Scotland, we are holding dynamic pop-up sessions in Edinburgh’s beautiful parks and public spaces, where anyone can take part, no matter their age or drawing experience.

These pop-up art sessions bring creativity into the community, inviting passers-by to have fun with drawing, to receive top tips from our artist and to try something new.

It’s all part of our Celebrating Scotland’s Art project, as the Scottish National Gallery undergoes a major development to transform the way we show the world’s greatest collection of Scottish art.

With the support and generosity of The National Heritage Lottery Fund and Sustrans Bike Library, who are providing a cargo bike to transport easels and art equipment, these sessions can travel to different places across the city.

Our Art in the Open cargo bike transports easels and art equipment to public spaces around Edinburgh.
Art in the Open visited the Meadows in Edinburgh in May.

Successful pop-ups have already taken place at St Andrew Square Garden, and the Meadows. And there will be more to come – keep an eye out on our Twitter and Facebook pages to find out where we will be holding our next sessions.

Mara Barth, project learning officer for the National Galleries of Scotland, says: “Art in the Open is a dynamic and accessible pop-up art session that offers a relaxed, chilled atmosphere for anyone of any ability and any age. The leading artist, Damian Callan,  is really encouraging in helping people feel comfortable in expressing themselves through art.

“While the work on the Scottish National Gallery Project is ongoing, we want the community to engage with us and these sessions offer a creative and fun opportunity to participate.

“The National Galleries of Scotland holds the largest collection of Scottish art in the world, telling the story of the people and the culture of Scotland. The Scottish National Collection is a fantastic public resource and belongs to everyone.

“A lot of the work in the Scottish National Gallery reflects the Scottish landscape so by making art outside, we explore the inspiration behind the art.  We are connecting the past with the present, surrounded by the places and people of Scotland and being inspired to be creative in the outdoors today.”

We'd love for you to come and take part in the next session. Keep up-to-date via our social media channels.

If you can’t wait to try your hand at some easel sketching we also host regular drop-in sessions in the gallery (great for rainy days).

Where do you think we should take Art in the Open next?

Art in the Open sessions are free and we provide all materials. Where would you like to see Art in the Open pop up next? Get in touch on our social media channels, or by contacting Mara at [email protected]

20 May 2019