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This is the first exhibition in over 40 years devoted to the man who united the crowns of Scotland and England in 1603 and was son of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Bright Star | The Art and Life of King James VI and I uncovers a wealth of artistic and cultural riches of the Jacobean period. It features an extraordinary variety of artworks and objects such as paintings, dress and textiles, miniatures, drawings, books, manuscripts and jewellery. These include jewels discovered in the famous Cheapside Hoard, an accumulation of jewellery from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, discovered in London in 1912 which have not been on display in Scotland for over 40 years.
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A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org.
We provide a sensory map of the building to help visitors identify areas with changes in light, smells and noise. It locates seating areas and less crowded, quieter spaces. Printed copies are available from the front desk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Located in the city centre on Queen Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is easy to access.
In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.
Friends Preview: Bright Star | The Life and Art of King James VI and I
Fri 19 Jun 2020
5:30 - 8pm
National Day of Stitch: Stitching in the Gallery
Sat 20 Jun 2020
10:30am - 3:30pm
Opening Talk: Uncovering King James VI & I - Bright Star of the North
Sat 20 Jun 2020
12 noon - 1pm
Bright Star: The Art and Life of King James VI and I
Tue 23 Jun 2020
6:30 - 8:30pm
Gallery Social: Bright Star | The Art and Life of King James VI and I (for anyone affected by dementia)
Fri 28 Aug 2020
10:30am - 12 noon
British Sign Language (BSL) Tour: James VI & I - Bright Star of the North
Sat 19 Sep 2020
11am - 12:30pm
Friends of the Galleries get free unlimited entry to all exhibitions, and enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits including early exhibition access, special events and 10% discount in our cafes.
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