Research is intrinsic to the National Galleries of Scotland’s education programmes. Activities in which the Galleries’ Education Department engages include:

  • Creating opportunities for new information on artists and their work to be presented directly to the public via our talks and lectures programme.
  • Incorporating new material into guided tours and other presentations on the Galleries’ collection.
  • Developing new gallery learning projects. For example, analysis of pre-school children’s responses to contemporary art is helping to form a new ‘early years’ learning programme at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
  • Researching new initiatives relating to visually impaired visitors’ engagement with art.
  • Collaborating with higher education institutions on research projects. For example, sociologists from Glasgow Caledonian University worked with the National Galleries of Scotland on Still Life?, an educational Outreach project involving pensioners from across Scotland. In addition, Education staff regularly advise tutors at Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Members of the Galleries’ Education Department publish research on the visual arts in their own right.