Drawing is a form of visual storytelling: a means of interrogating and understanding the world around us. It creates space to look closely at things, as artist Kate Davis shows us in this display.

With drawing, we can take risks and push forward new ideas. Making a Mark brings together a wide range of works of art on paper from our national collection. By enabling unexpected conversations between these works, this display explores drawing as a means of communication. We invite you to consider the range of possibilities for drawing and other forms of mark making, like the prints we see on display by Paul Klee and Edvard Munch.  

Many of us will make drawings throughout our lives – from early childhood scribbles, through drawing at school, and for a wide range of professions. It is a way of thinking through making, whether it takes a matter of minutes or many hours of careful study. You can make a drawing anywhere, with minimal material costs and easy portability. It is always part of a network of ideas, influences, and inspirations.  

Many of the materials and approaches to drawing that were in use 500 years ago are still chosen by artists today, like the charcoal, graphite, and ink in these selected works. We need the past to understand the present, and drawing demonstrates that continuum in action. 

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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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