About

Taking over the top level of Modern One, this changing programme of displays offers a brand new way to experience the national collection. 

Each room brings to light rarely displayed yet fascinating artworks and stories. Works have been selected to create bold juxtapositions and identify visual similarities between artworks, styles and movements to offer a fresh take on how works of art can be presented, and share the stories they tell. The aim is to unearth evocative stories and unexpected connections between artists and encourage a sense of openness and discovery.

Talking points are encouraged and explored by covering a wide mix of techniques, processes and approaches, ranging across sculpture, painting, photography and more. Iconic works by famous artists such as Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas, Jackson Pollock, Tracey Emin and Cindy Sherman are on display alongside those by brilliant but lesser-known figures including Carole Gibbons and Catherine Yarrow. 

Each display explores a unique theme or topic with the thematic displays placing conversation at their heart in a bid to inspire conversations with the collection.

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Location

Accessibility

Gallery facilities

Detailed information on accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

Parking for visitors is available at both Modern One and Modern Two. A donation is requested of £3 for up to 4 hours and £6 for 4-8 hours. Our payment meters have contactless capability. There is free accessible parking for blue badge holders.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Changing places toilet
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Disabled parking
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Parking
  • Café
Getting here

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, set in a beautiful sculpture park.

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73 & 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

Related events

Related events

Lecture or talk

Conversations with the Collection | Rosie O’Grady and Professor Patricia Allmer (in person)

Modern One

Fri 10 Feb 2023

12:45 - 1:30pm

Free

Booking essential

Lecture or talk

Conversations with the Collection | Rosie O’Grady and Professor Patricia Allmer (online)

Online via YouTube

Fri 10 Feb 2023

12:45 - 1:30pm

Free

Booking essential

Lecture or talk SOLD OUT

Conversations with the Collection | Pat Douthwaite panel discussion (in person)

Modern One

Fri 24 Feb 2023

3 - 3:45pm

Free

Booking essential

Lecture or talk

Conversations with the Collection | Pat Douthwaite panel discussion (online)

Online via YouTube

Fri 24 Feb 2023

3 - 3:45pm

Free

Booking essential

Course or workshop SOLD OUT

Drawing Room | Conversations with the Collection

Modern One

Wed 8 Mar 2023

5:30 - 6:45pm

Free

Booking essential

Lecture or talk

Conversations with the Collection | Anna Barriball and Dr Stephanie Straine (in person)

Modern One

Fri 10 Mar 2023

12:45 - 1:30pm

Free

Booking essential

Lecture or talk

Conversations with the Collection | Anna Barriball and Dr Stephanie Straine (online)

Online via YouTube

Fri 10 Mar 2023

12:45 - 1:30pm

Free

Booking essential

Course or workshop

British Sign Language (BSL) tour | Conversations with the Collection

Modern One

Sat 25 Mar 2023

11am - 12 noon

Free

Booking essential

Course or workshop SOLD OUT

Gallery Social (dementia-friendly) | Mabel Royds

Modern One

Fri 31 Mar 2023

10:30am - 12 noon

Free

Booking essential

Our Friends
Lecture or talk

Making a Mark | Drawing Strategies at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Scottish National Gallery

Tue 25 Apr 2023

6 - 8pm

£14, Friends and guests

Booking essential

Conversations with the Collection displays

Conversations with the Collection displays

Explore the individual displays that make up Conversations with the Collection.

Audio tours

Audio tours

A conversation piece

For this tour audio tour of the Conversations with the Collection display at Modern One we have invited guests to share their thoughts on a selection of artworks from the display. Not knowing in advance which artworks they would be discussing, these responses are honest, real and unscripted.

Welcome Audio Tour

For this tour, our curators introduce the themes of the display room by room and explain how they have drawn from the collection of modern and contemporary art to unearth evocative stories and create bold comparisons between the artists, ideas and ways of making. 

Visually Impaired Tour

Enjoy a selection of audio descriptions of artworks at from Conversations with the Collection. Taking over the top level of Modern One, this display is a celebration of Scottish and international modern and contemporary art.

Families | Art chat

Families | Art chat

Designed for families aged 6+ our art chat guide helps you explore the different artworks in this exhibition and encourages you to make your own. Available to pick up in gallery or download.

Related articles

Related articles

Being so close to the artworks every day, our Security and Visitor Services team have a unique relationship with our collection. In these blogs staff explore artworks in the exhibition.

Conversations with the Collection | Staff Insights on Richard Long

In this blog Josh writes about English artist Richard Long.

Conversations with the Collection | Staff Insights on Douglas Gordon

In this blog Eileen Taylor looks at the work of Scottish artist Douglas Gordon.

Conversations with the Collection | Staff Insights on Sarah Lucas

 In this blog Edward Wilkinson looks at the work of English artist Sarah Lucas.

Our Friends

Our Friends

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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