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NOW | Katie Paterson, Darren Almond, Shona Macnaughton and Lucy Raven

Sat 26 Oct 2019 - Sun 31 May 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Admission free

The lift at Modern Two is out of order


“Katie Paterson grapples with some of the biggest ideas in cosmology and deep time and offers up work which makes them more understandable, whether that’s on a beach or in a gallery”
The Scotsman

In the first major showing of the artist’s work in a public institution in Scotland, the sixth and final exhibition in the  NOW series will highlight the work of Scottish artist Katie Paterson (b.1981). Born in Glasgow, and a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and Slade School of Fine Art, London, Paterson is considered one of the leading artists of her generation. Her works are the result of long periods of research and involve collaboration with specialists in scientific and other fields in order to translate complex ideas into physical, often poetic works of art.

NOW will delve into the theme of time. Paterson’s work explores deep time, the cosmos, and the place of humans in relation to these phenomena – ideas that have been central to the artist’s work for more than a decade. Among the works featured will be Paterson’s mesmerising installation Totality (2016), a large - scale mirror ball created from almost all known images of solar eclipses captured by humankind, and Light Bulb to Simulate Moonlight (2008), held in National Galleries of Scotland’s collection. Delving into the theme of time further will be artists Darren Almond, Shona Macnaughton and Lucy Raven.

Darren Almond is a British Artist who in 2005 was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. NOW will focus on his evocative series Fullmoon, a collection of long exposure photographs made by the light of the full moon. Time is a central aspect of the creation and subject of these ethereal works. Shona Macnaughton is an artist based in Glasgow whose work Progressive 2017 brings together a script, photographic documentation and props from a performance made by the artist in the east end of Glasgow in 2017. Performed when she was nine-months pregnant, the work responded to the politics of change embedded in regeneration projects, as well as the changing nature of the pregnant body. Lucy Raven is an American artist whose work focuses on animation and moving image, incorporating multiple disciplines including still photography, installation, sound and performative lecture. In her short video work The Deccan Trap, 2015, Raven animates collaged photographic images to explore image-making through time. 

The NOW programme is being made possible thanks to the support of the NGS Foundation, Kent and Vicki Logan, Walter Scott and Partners Limited, Robert and Nicky Wilson, Boris Yeung and Amy Ng, and other donors who wish to remain anonymous. Katie Paterson’s presentation is generously supported by the Katie Paterson Exhibition Circle (Robert Devereux, Geoff Ainsworth and Johanna Featherstone, Francis H Williams, Alistair and Susan Duff, Anthony and Jean Harrison and Chris O’Hare), and Ingleby Gallery.

Image: Katie Paterson, Totality, 2016. Photo © Ben Blackall, 2016 Courtesy of the Lowry.



Event highlights

Artist Profile

Event accessibility

Exhibition accessibility

  • Large print labels
  • Wheelchair access


Gallery facilities

The Changing Places toilet is located in the rear car park of Modern One with accessible parking spaces located nearby. The unit is open 9am-5pm, every day, a key is not required.

The lift at Modern Two is currently out of order. There is no stair-free access to the upper level of Modern Two.

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org for Modern One and Modern Two.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Changing places toilet
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • On-site parking (£2)
  • Disabled parking
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

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.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

Related events

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Lecture or talk

NOW Opening Talk: Katie Paterson 'in conversation'


Sat 26 Oct 2019

12 noon - 1pm


Drop-in event

BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby/Bump) (Ages 0-1)

Modern One

Mon 4 Nov
10:15, 10:45 & 11:15am


+2 other sessions

Lecture or talk

NOW: A Beginner's Guide to… Time

Modern One

Sat 9 Nov 2019

2 - 2:45pm



Amplified Tour: NOW

Modern One

Sun 17 Nov 2019

11am - 12 noon


Lecture or talk

NOW: A Beginner's Guide to… Conceptual Art

Modern One

Sat 11 Jan 2020

2 - 2:45pm


Special event

In the Mind's Eye: NOW

Modern One

Tue 21 Jan 2020

12:45 - 1:15pm



Visually Impaired Tour and Workshop: NOW

Modern One

Wed 19 Feb 2020

10:15am - 3:30pm



British Sign Language (BSL) Tour: NOW

Modern One

Sat 23 May 2020

11am - 12:30pm


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