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The Story of Scottish Art | Lachlan Goudie

All our galleries will be closed on Wednesday 1 February due to industrial action. Find out more.

Scottish National Gallery Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
  • Thursday 23 February, 6–8pm

Tickets on sale from 10am on Tuesday 7 February


Join Lachlan Goudie, renowned contemporary Scottish artist, broadcaster and presenter of BBC Four's The Story of Scottish Art discussing his new book. The Story of Scottish Art is a page-turning narrative full of scandals and rebellions, seismic historical events and personal tragedies that inspired or destroyed artists. Lachlan brings these artists' stories to life, offering his perspective as a contemporary Scottish painter with a deep personal connection to Scotland's artistic heritage. Richly illustrated with diverse artworks from both famous and less well-known artists, including sculpture, photography and architecture alongside a strong tradition of Scottish painting, he explores what is distinctive about Scottish art and how the cultural identity of Scotland has developed through the ages. Connecting Scotland to the global story of art, showing how Scottish artists have engaged with art traditions outside of Scotland and how they have influenced such movements as Art Nouveau (Charles Rennie Mackintosh) and Pop Art (Eduardo Paolozzi).

Arthur Melville Dancers at the Moulin Rouge 1889
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Event accessibility

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  • Hearing loop

Gallery facilities

Detailed information on accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.

There is limited on street parking close by including for those with a blue badge.

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Café
  • Restaurant
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Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

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  • Open daily, 10am–5pm
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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