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Bridget Riley

Until Sun 22 Sep 2019

Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm

£15-£13 (concessions available)
25 & under £10-£8.50


“Bridget Riley burst on to the art scene in the mid-1960s… Her paintings were a revelation – and remain so”
The Guardian

For more than 60 years, Bridget Riley has created dazzling and compelling abstract paintings which explore the fundamental nature of perception. Through her observations of the natural world, her experience of looking at the work of other artists, and through her own experimentation, Riley has made a deep, personal investigation of the act of painting, and of how we see. She is one of the most distinguished and world-renowned artists working today.

This comprehensive exhibition, which takes over both floors of the Royal Scottish Academy, will be the first museum survey of Riley’s work to be held in the UK for 16 years, and the largest exhibition of her work to be shown in Scotland. Spanning over 70 years of work, it will place particular emphasis on the origins of Riley’s practice and will trace pivotal moments across her acclaimed career. It will feature early paintings and drawings, iconic black-and-white works of the 1960s, Riley’s expansive explorations into colour, wall paintings and recent works, as well as studies that reveal Riley’s working methods.

The exhibition is organised by the National Galleries of Scotland in close collaboration with the artist, and is presented in partnership with Hayward Gallery, London, where it will be on show from 23 October 2019 until 26 January 2020.

Image: Bridget Riley, High Sky (detail), 1991 © Bridget Riley 2018. All rights reserved.

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.


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  • Wheelchair access


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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.

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  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

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

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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25 and under £8.50 £9.50 £10.00
Chidren 12 & under free free free
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Visitors aged 60+ £11.00 £12.00 £13.00
Visitors with disabilities £11.00 £12.00 £13.00
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Art Fund (concession) £5.50 £6.00 £6.50
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