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A riotous collage exploding the concept of ‘the Scottish Nation’.

The National Galleries of Scotland Outreach team collaborated with the Travelling Gallery to explore what the concept of the ‘nation’ means to young Scots.

Impossible Nation sees the National Galleries of Scotland's Outreach Team join forces with the Travelling Gallery to take a riotous visual collage of twisted national identity on tour around Scotland.

This video gives a peek at the install and opening of the exhibition.

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Featuring the work of contemporary Scottish artists – some of whose work was showcased in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s Rough Cut Nation in 2009 – this exhibition was a graphic representation of the challenge to define what it means to be Scottish.

The interior of the Travelling Gallery was completely transformed by the artists using every available surface and combining a range of media including drawing, painting, spray painting, sculpture, paste-ups and projections to explore themes of identity, landscape, portraiture and culture.

Artists involved include:

  • Fraser Gray
  • Martin McGuinness
  • Richard Riach
  • Rabiya Choudry
  • Andy MacVicar
  • Mike Inglis
  • Pete Martin
  • Kirsty Whiten