Telling Stories | Artists’ Books and Prints from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection

Until Sun 19 Apr 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm

  • FREE

Accompanying the Paula Rego | Obedience and Defiance exhibition, this display looks at narrative works in the permanent collection.

The National Galleries of Scotland’s collection of works on paper and artists’ books spans the twentieth century and beyond, from artists illustrating literary classics, to book objects which take the concept of narrative to new levels. Stories for children and adults alike emerge from the pages, to educate, entertain and moralise.

Illustrated books and portfolios of prints have always been the playground of storytellers, writers and artists. From William Hogarth’s engraved sequence A Rake’s Progress of 1735 to Damien Hirst’s intervention in Snowblind of 1998, the artists book or portfolio is a tremendously flexible medium, providing space for collaboration and experimentation, visual and literary storytelling, conventional and subversive narratives.

From epic poems to theatrical scripts, morality tales to comic strips, the visual aspect of storytelling and the role of the artist in interpreting the narrative shapes our perception of characters and settings.

Our collective imagination has been captured time and again by artists telling stories.

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Display accessibility

  • 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.

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

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • 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

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