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Making Space | Photographs of Architecture

From Sat 7 Oct 2023 - Sun 3 Mar 2024

Open daily, 10am–5pm

Admission free


Architecture is a record of human life past, present, and future – we are all intrinsically linked to it. Making Space will explore how architecture impacts people’s lives. A poor built environment exacerbates inequality, but architecture has the power to address social issues including homelessness, poverty, and displacement. It will also consider how the built environment has a significant role to play in creating a more sustainable future. 

Architecture has also been an enduring theme in the story of photography. Visually engaging and physically static, buildings were the perfect subjects for early photographic experiments. In around 1826, French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce made the first known photographic image - it was of the rooftops visible from his studio. Inspired by this and the wealth of incredible material in the national photography collection comes an exhibition which celebrates the connection between people and the spaces they exist in. 

This free exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery will span the breadth of the history of photography. It highlights a diverse range of photographic styles, formats and processes dating from the 1840s to the present day. Follow the line from Hill & Adamson’s early experiments on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill through to spectacular contemporary photographs by Andreas Gursky and Chris Leslie which capture the breath-taking scale of modern buildings. 

Event accessibility

Exhibition accessibility

  • Large print labels
  • Wheelchair access



Gallery facilities

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Café
Getting here

Getting here

Located in the city centre on Queen Street, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is easy to access.

Venue map
  • Open daily, 10am–5pm
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

Related events

Related events


British Sign Language (BSL) tour | Making Space: Photographs of Architecture

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Sat 28 Oct 2023

11am - 12 noon


Booking essential

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