The National Galleries of Scotland holds the national collection of Scottish art, the most important of its kind in the world. Displays from this are shown across our galleries in Edinburgh, giving a picture of the country’s art from the turn of the sixteenth century to the present day.

We work with other museums and galleries locally and internationally to promote the enjoyment of Scottish art as widely as possible and, with the aid of our libraries and archives, actively contribute to and encourage the study of Scottish art. Within our galleries, changing selections from the Scottish collections are shown within a wider international context. We also organise a regular programme of special exhibitions and displays focussing on particular Scottish artists or themes.

We have used a broad definition of Scottish art that embraces art and artists with a whole range of differing associations with this country – from the artist’s nationality to the subject matter of the artwork. In this section of our website, visitors are able to explore Scottish art through a variety of themes, browse artists alphabetically, view a selection of highlights from the Scottish collection, and find further sources of research.