This display weaves together some of the complex and varied conversations artists have with their surroundings. It maps a diverse range of responses to the natural environment, which can be an active, emotive, creative, or political force within artistic practice.  

Central to many of these investigations is the often precarious and contradictory relationship between humans and the world around us. Our environment is both a site of healing and belonging, and of potential alienation and conflict. Some artworks here allude to the exploitation of the landscape, charting histories of industry and ownership. Others reveal the role of creative communal projects as mechanisms of restorative change. 

Artists often respond to specific places or experiences within the landscape. In the hands of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, forces of nature are translated into bold colours and abstracted shapes on the canvas. While some artists transform the land they encounter into monuments of dirt and rock, Hamish Fulton and Thomas Joshua Cooper hardly intervene, using their bodies to map both familiar and uncharted terrains. Their artworks are communicated through photography or written text which evoke the bodily experience of the artists’ physical and spiritual journeys.  

Together these real and imagined lands invite us to consider how visual representations shape our individual and collective identities, and our sense of place in this interconnected world. 

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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.

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  • Changing places toilet
  • Disabled parking
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
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  • Toilets for gallery visitors
  • 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

Conversations with the Collection

Conversations with the Collection

This is display is part of Conversations with the Collection, a changing programme of displays that offers visitors a brand new way to experience the national collection. 

A celebration of Scottish and international modern and contemporary art, the thematic displays place creativity and conversation at their core by considering how dialogue and exchange shape and reshape artistic process.

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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