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Bright Star | The Art and Life of King James VI and I

Dates to be confirmed

Wed 1 Jul 2020 - Sun 22 Nov 2020

Gallery closed

Dates to be confirmed

About

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

An opening date for this exhibition will be confirmed as soon as possible. As you will be aware our Galleries are currently closed which will impact our timescales for opening exhibitions. Thank you for your patience. You can sign up to our newsletter for updates on exhibition opening dates.

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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Event accessibility

Exhibition accessibility

  • Large print labels
  • Wheelchair access

Location

Gallery facilities

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.

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

Getting here

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.

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1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

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Friends Preview: Bright Star | The Life and Art of King James VI and I

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Fri 19 Jun 2020

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Sat 20 Jun 2020

10:30am - 3:30pm

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Lecture or talk

Opening Talk: Uncovering King James VI & I - Bright Star of the North

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Sat 20 Jun 2020

12 noon - 1pm

Free

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Our Friends
Lecture or talk SOLD OUT

Bright Star: The Art and Life of King James VI and I

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Tue 23 Jun 2020
6:30 - 8:30pm

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Tour

Gallery Social: Bright Star | The Art and Life of King James VI and I (for anyone affected by dementia)

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Fri 28 Aug 2020

10:30am - 12 noon

Free

Free

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British Sign Language (BSL) Tour: James VI & I - Bright Star of the North

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Sat 19 Sep 2020

11am - 12:30pm

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Amplified Tour: Bright Star | The Art and Life of King James VI and I

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Sun 20 Sep 2020

11am - 12 noon

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