Who do we work with?

What sorts of community groups work with us? 

Community Access Groups

Formalised groups or organisations, often with charitable status, which consist of, or work with, people who require additional support in order to visit and access National Galleries of Scotland. These groups visit for learning, therapeutic and social reasons. They often include people who are hard to reach, people who are isolated in society, people who feel excluded and people who cannot visit on their own for a variety of reasons.

More information for Access Groups

Examples of Access Groups: Artlink, Ecas, Health in Mind, Stepping Stones, Shakti Women’s Aid, The Vintage Group, The Outlook Project, Chinese Elderly Group, groups from care homes etc.

Contact: Jeni Allison 0131 624 6428, communities@nationalgalleries.org

Arts and Special Interest Groups

Organised groups, with a group leader or secretary, who visit NGS as a special visit as part of their annual schedule for a mixture of leisure, social and special interest/extending knowledge but who don’t require additional support.

Examples of Arts and Special Interest Groups: Art Group Edinburgh, Portobello Art Group, The Gallery Art Club, Costorphine etc

Contact: Education Department Administrator 0131 624 6410

Lifelong Learning Groups

Organised groups attached to a learning organisation such as U3A or Open University (virtual institutions) or attending a course at an adult learning institution (physical), who visit NGS for the purpose of extending their knowledge as a group or as a part of their adult learning course or tutorials.

Examples of Lifelong Learning Groups: U3A groups, City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education, Open University, Office of Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh, Leith Academy, NADFAS and EDFAS

Contact: Education Department Administrator 0131 624 6410

How can my group get involved?

From the descriptions above identify the category of your group and then contact the relevant person in the Education Department. Charges apply to some categories of groups in order to cover costs. Booked groups get reduced entry to charging exhibitions.  If you would like to be informed about future exhibitions and events, we can add your group or organisation to our database. We look forward to seeing you!