‘Home’ means something different to everyone. It is a site of production and consumption, social relations, emotions, learning, and play. It can be a source of warmth and protection, but also of conflict and fear. This display explores artists’ creative engagement with the domestic sphere, the ‘hearth and home’, and the complex forces that shape it.

The artworks displayed here dispute the often binary and gendered stereotypes associated with the home and its inhabitants. Far from being a passive, peripheral or isolated space, home has always been at the heart of artistic production, creative conversations, and society itself.

Artists such as Anna Barriball and Mabel Royds use the very fabric of the everyday to create their work, blurring the lines between domestic labour and creativity. Mona Hatoum confronts us by transforming a familiar and comforting object into something unsettling and threatening. For many artists, including Giorgio Morandi and Francesca Woodman, their domestic and creative worlds are intertwined, either by choice or necessity. As a result, themes of introspection and confinement are evoked.

Through these dialogues, the domestic emerges as a place complicated by cultural, economic, socio-political, and psychological realities. Because of this, it holds immense potential for radical creativity, transformation, and experimentation.

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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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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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