The Art Works is our project to deliver a sustainable new facility to care for, research and share Scotland’s renowned art collection.
As a key part of the Granton Waterfront development, the building and surrounding land will be a cultural focal point for the local community, offering new spaces for all to share and enjoy.
Not only will we future proof how we care for Scotland’s national art collection, The Art Works will be open to everyone, from local visitors and communities right through to specialist researchers in Scotland and from across the world.
This exciting and transformative initiative supports Scotland’s green recovery by delivering the largest building in the country designed to the Passivhaus environmental standard.
We are creating a place with the needs of the local community at its heart. Inside there will be social spaces and amenities for visitors’ comfort and enjoyment while outside there will be opportunities for activity areas and bringing the environment to life.
Children from Edinburgh College Nursery enjoy a trip to the mobile orchard (owned by local business, Soilutions), that sits on The Art Works Site. Picture credit: Roberto Riccuiti
A collection for everyone
The Art Works will allow everyone to explore, discover, and engage with Scotland’s national art collection. The facility will offer an additional 10,000² of quality space – the equivalent of two playing fields – to make the collection more accessible to the public than ever before.
Alongside a vastly improved digital offering, The Art Works will deliver a modern environment in which students, researchers and members of the public can engage with the collection.
The facility will also provide modern studios for conservation and research, and support the expansion of Scotland’s national art collection over the next two decades and beyond. It will also house the ARTIST ROOMS collection (jointly owned with Tate), parts of the Royal Scottish Academy collections and the Demarco Archive.
Conservation staff caring for the collection
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