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You are here | 2020: Stories, Portraits, Visions

Reopening 30 April

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The Scottish National Portrait Gallery will reopen on 30 April 2021 and will be open daily from 10am-5pm

We put out the invitation for the public to submit stories, portraits and ideas about their experience of the last year. These personal stories formed the core of the display.

These submissions from members of the public are shown alongside five striking examples of portraiture from the national collection. The five works are: two bronze busts of influential women: Scots Makar (the national poet for Scotland) Jackie Kay and the pioneering Dr Elsie Inglis; a photograph and display of work prints by Iain Stewart from his series, Tender, for which he shadowed two Edinburgh GPs; Man Up a video work featuring Mercury Prize-winning Edinburgh band Young Fathers and a new acquisition – a portrait of the international singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé, painted by Samira Addo, winner of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018.

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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.

  • <b>Reopening 30 April</b>
1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

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