Exhibition Coming Soon

Ruined | Reinventing Scottish History

From Sat 26 Jun 2021 - Sun 14 Nov 2021

Open daily, 10am-5pm
(Thu-Sat from 1 July)

Admission free | Advance booking required


Book for 26 June onward


From 1 July the Gallery will be open three days a week (Thursdays-Saturdays) 10am-5pm.

RUINED was created over the last four years by young Scots re-inventing Scottish history - imaginatively mashing-up works from the National Galleries of Scotland collection. In the exhibition, visitors will witness shocking events and ghosts from Scotland’s past, as they enter a time machine in which multiple video projections flicker across a set of ruins. It's anarchy! False heroes and heroines, wicked tyrants and bloodied martyrs, the angry mob, hard borders, sad religions and unwatchable violence - all alive and kicking in the ruins of this Scottish fantasy.

The young people on the Image Liberation Force project, who were attending employability training courses, have rediscovered themselves - cracked and creaky - in the ruins of the Scottish past. They have invested their imaginations in historic paintings depicting epic events and powerful personalities ... and brought them to life. Their story is told by their very own ‘bard’, Edinburgh music producer and rapper Mercurius MC, who spares none in his visceral address to reshaping Scotland’s story.

Image Liberation Force is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of Celebrating Scotland’s Art: the Scottish National Gallery Project.


Gallery facilities

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org.

We provide a sensory map of the building to help visitors identify areas with changes in light, smells and noise. It locates seating areas and less crowded, quieter spaces. Printed copies are available from the front desk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Buggy park
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Accessible toilets for gallery visitors
  • No lockers
  • Toilets for gallery visitors

Getting here

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

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

  • Open daily, 10am-5pm<br> (Thu-Sat from 1 July)
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

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