Whether spinning, rising, piercing, or contorting, every artwork in this display is in the process of transformation. From the frenetic energy of Tracey Emin’s scrawled lines, through the oozing central mass of Pat Douthwaite’s painting, to the skewed imagery in Alex Dordoy’s prints, transgressive new forms are taking shape. All these artworks share a common reference point: the human body. 

In the exhibition space, a host of bodies and bodily forms are gathered, taking up position relative to one another. Pregnant, hybrid, distorted, dissected, and even inside out bodies are all engaged in the encounter. 

Though these artists may be approaching bodily transformation via different motivations and media, there are numerous criss-crossing connections between the forms, practices, and ideas represented. Some artworks grapple with sexual and gender-related symbolism. Some take personal stories as a starting point to address universal questions. Some engage with theoretical concepts like ‘the uncanny’, or creative techniques like ‘automatism’. Others reflect on fundamental aspects of bodily experience including birth, sex, reproduction, and death. 

From cool smooth marble to textured powdered pigment, through their making and materials, all these artworks appeal to the senses. Drawing on the relationship between the optical and the tactile, they invite an awareness of sensation without the need to touch.

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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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  • Parking
  • 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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