You Are Here is part-gallery, part-studio designed to help you make the most of your visit. Discover hidden gems in the collection, dress up, create your own portraits and get to know the remarkable neo-gothic building and the people who work here.
Come and see the huge wall of small portraits drawn by visitors of all ages and have a go yourself! There’s plenty of space to take a seat and doodle at our big communal table. We also have a trolley full of art materials and ideas for younger visitors to take with them around the rest of the gallery.
Or why not strike a pose? We have costumes to dress up in and an empty gold frame to put yourself in the picture.
Staff members have picked out some of their favourite artworks and building features in a section called Staff Picks and in the short film What is a Portrait?, we ask visitors and staff to try to define what a portrait is.
Part of the gallery has been given over to a changing display which highlights some of the work we do in communities across Scotland as part of our Learning and Engagement Programme.
So far this section has presented, Neebors, our collaboration with North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership (December 2019 – February 2020) and Character Building, a photography project with young people from East Renfrewshire Social Work’s Mini Champs group (8 February – 30 April 2020).
For more information on these project see the Read More section below.
Neebors or neibors is Scots for Neighbours, as popularised in the opening lines of the poem Tam O’Shanter by Robert Burns, himself an Ayrshire man.
Neebors featured small sculptural figures, fictional characters that live in North Ayrshire, created by people who live and work there. Their biographies were based on the real lives of others and, when taken together, they created a bigger picture of the hopes, strengths and challenges of a multifaceted community.
Over 1,000 Neebors were created by around 4,000 people during North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s Thinking Different, Doing Better experience which encourages Partnership staff and invited members of the public to understand the landscape, triumphs and challenges faced by those accessing and working in health and social care across the region.
Character Building aimed to provide a group of young people with an opportunity to explore who they are and who they’d like to become through a series of workshops in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and in their community. During the project they created photographic portraits of themselves and developed interactive Jenga-style sculptural games, giving players of the game prompts to discuss and understand their emotions. The powerful portraits they produced have proven to be a hit with younger visitors who might see, in these confident, larger than life images, someone a bit like themselves.
If you would like any further information regarding either of the Learning and Engagement displays please email [email protected]
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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.
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.
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