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John Burnside and Alan Lawson in conversation

  • Friday 22 February, 6:15 - 8pm
£ 5.00

This event has sold out. If you are interested in joining a waiting list please call 0131 624 6494 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm).


Join us to hear artist Alan Lawson in conversation with his sitter, the Scottish poet John Burnside, in the stunning Great Hall at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Lawson's oil on linen portrait of Burnside was acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland and will be on display during the event. 

The pair will discuss their own disciplines as well as Lawson's portrait; how it came about, the symbolism in the painting and the experience of creating it. The conversation will also include poetry readings by Burnside and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of wine. Take time afterwards to browse the new Balcony Bookshop at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. There will be 15%* off purchases in the shops, and the first fifty customers spending over £10 receive a goody bag gift**.

*T&Cs apply. 15% discount is valid in our Scottish National Portrat Gallery shops on the night of Friday 22 February 6-8pm. Excludes custom prints, Friends memberships, tickets and gift vouchers. Not valid for online orders. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. **Goody bags are limited to first fifty customers who spend over £10 in one transaction, and are limited to one per customer. Goody bags cannot be exchanged for any other items. Contents may include but are not limited to postcards, books, stationery and posters.

Alan Lawson John Burnside, Scottish writer and poet 2016 © Alan Lawson
Event accessibility

Event accessibility

  • Wheelchair access

Gallery facilities

In order to protect our vulnerable works of art from any kind of accidental damage we kindly ask all visitors to either carry their rucksack/backpack by hand or place it in a locker.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Getting here

Located in the city centre on Queen Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is easy to access.

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

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