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 bring to light rarely displayed yet fascinating artworks and stories. Works have been selected to create bold juxtapositions and 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.

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.

  • Wheelchair access
  • Changing places toilet
  • Disabled parking
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Bike rack
  • Parking
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

Special event

BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby/Bump)

Modern One

Mon 3 Oct
10:15am, 11am & 11:45am

Free

Course or workshop

Holiday Art Chats!

Modern One

Mon 17 - Fri 21 Oct
2 - 4pm

Free

+4 other sessions

Booking essential

Lecture or talk

Conversations with the Collection | Reframing the Modern and Contemporary Collection (online)

Online via YouTube

Tue 25 Oct 2022

12:45 - 1:30pm

Free

Booking essential

Lecture or talk

Spin | Tour and Discussion: Conversations with the Collection (in person)

Modern One

Thu 27 Oct 2022

6 - 7:30pm

£10

Booking essential

Special event

Teachers' Private View | Conversations with the Collection

Modern One

Wed 2 Nov 2022

5:15 - 7pm

Free

Booking essential

Course or workshop

Gallery Social (dementia-friendly) | Conversations with the Collection

Modern One

Fri 25 Nov 2022

10:30am - 12 noon

Free

Booking essential

Course or workshop

Visually Impaired Programme Live (in gallery) | Conversations with the Collection

Modern One

Wed 18 Jan 2023

10:15am - 3:30pm

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

Gallery Social (dementia-friendly) | Mabel Royds

Modern One

Fri 31 Mar 2023

10:30am - 12 noon

Free

Booking essential

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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