Are you wondering what’s happening at The Mound in the centre of Edinburgh with all the hoardings and builders buzzing around?
The answer is the Scottish National Gallery Project. It’s set to completely transform how you experience Scotland’s art with a brand-new set of stunning exhibition spaces.
Can’t wait? Here’s five ways to get involved now before we officially open in summer 2023.
You can also discover more fascinating stories about Scotland’s art on our special hub for the Project and read the latest news.
Have a sneaky peek at the stunning new galleries
The new exhibition spaces will present Scotland’s art collection in brilliant new ways and be accessible to all. We’ve created a path in East Princes Street Gardens to help those with mobility issues, and folk pushing prams and pushchairs.
Once open, lots of activities will be on offer for you to enjoy, including sketching, tours and talks, and dedicated family days.
See how great the new galleries will look like in this short animation.
Newly conserved paintings will take your breath away
Conservation is all about looking after an artwork to prevent it from deteriorating. This is especially important before it goes on display for all to see.
Robert Scott Lauder’s Christ Teacheth Humility, 1847, is a monumental painting receiving treatment from a team of conservation experts. Due to its colossal scale, this important work of Scottish art has not been on public view since the 1980s. Before the new Galleries open, get up close to this nineteenth-century giant's conservation journey in this film.
Brush up on your Scottish art facts
Fancy showing off your art history facts to your Gallery date? We’ve got a whole video series dedicated to Scottish art, where we take a deep dive into paintings by some of the nation’s finest artists. Learn about what makes these artworks so special in under three minutes, as we reveal their stories.
There’s something for everyone. Discover the drama and romance behind a serene portrait of Margaret Lindsay, or the incredible legacy of dreamy Glasgow Girl, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh.
Celebrating Scotland's art
While construction work is ongoing at the Scottish National Gallery we have been busy delivering a full programme of activities, inviting people to discover and connect with historic Scottish art.
Learn more about this exciting work and access a range of material that you can use to explore the Scottish art collection for yourself.