Exhibition Closing Soon

Bridget Riley

Until Sun 22 Sep 2019

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

£14-£12 (concessions available)
25 & under £9.50-£8.50 | Free for 12 & under

There is currently no disabled access to the upper levels of the Scottish National Gallery

Find out how our major refurbishment project may affect your visit.


★★★★★ “One of the UK's greatest living painters”
The List

This extensive exhibition, which takes over both floors of the Royal Scottish Academy, is the first museum survey of Bridget 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 focuses on the origins of Riley’s practice and traces pivotal moments across her acclaimed career. It features very early paintings and drawings, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, iconic black-and-white paintings of the 1960s, Riley’s expansive explorations into colour, wall paintings and works made this year, as well as studies that reveal Riley’s working methods.

Please note that the upper level of this exhibition will not open until 10.30am on Sunday 15 September.

★★★★ “Britain’s greatest abstract painter – some might say our greatest living artist period”
The Telegraph

Internationally-acclaimed artist Bridget Riley creates 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.

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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"It’s the display her art has long deserved – one that does justice to her experimental spirit and dazzling intelligence over six decades."
The Guardian

Five things you need to know about Bridget Riley
The Standard

"I came out thinking of the world differently. And that's what I want from art"
Louise Welsh, Saturday Review, Radio 4 (starts at 34m 40s)

Event accessibility

Exhibition accessibility

  • Large print labels
  • Wheelchair access

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
  • Hearing loop
  • 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.

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

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Special event

Bridget Riley: Writing the Body - Live Performance


Wed 18 Sep 2019

7 - 8pm



Bridget Riley: Nocturne Exhibition Tours


Thu 19 Sep 2019
5:30 - 6pm


Exhibition ticket required


British Sign Language (BSL) Tour: Bridget Riley


Sat 21 Sep 2019

11am - 12:30pm


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Type of ticket Monday-Friday (excluding August) Saturday-Sunday (excluding August) August
(every day)
Full price £13.00 £14.00 £15.00
Student £11.00 £12.00 £13.00
25 and under £8.50 £9.50 £10.00
Chidren 12 & under free free free
Unemployed/supported income £11.00 £12.00 £13.00
Visitors aged 60+ £11.00 £12.00 £13.00
Visitors with disabilities £11.00 £12.00 £13.00
Carer of visitors with disabilities free free free
Art Fund (full price) £6.50 £7.00 £7.50
Art Fund (concession) £5.50 £6.00 £6.50

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