Lecture or talk Adults

Stuarts, Stags, ‘Spooks’ and Splendour: The Story of Scottish Art

In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time, we have closed all of our Galleries.

Scottish National Gallery Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
  • Tuesday 26 May, 6-7pm



In a passionate account, told from the perspective of a contemporary painter, Lachlan Goudie takes you on a fast fling through 5,000 years of Scottish art. Since the Neolithic era, creativity has played a vital role in shaping the course of Scotland’s history. The first tribal leaders, chieftains and Kings of this emerging nation used art to cement their authority. Over the turbulent centuries that followed, artists were always at the heart of the action; holding a mirror to the faces, places and events that defined Scotland’s story. Concentrating on the period between 1600-1950 Lachlan will present a tale of radicals and visionaries, artists with an international mind-set and a bold sense of their own cultural background, who resolved to create work at the forefront of Western Art and culture. Lachlan Goudie is an artist, author and broadcaster who wrote and presented the landmark BBC television series ‘The Story of Scottish Art’.

Lachlan Goudie

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  • Hearing loop

Gallery facilities

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.

Find out more about disabled access at the Scottish National Gallery

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

Getting here

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

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

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The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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