The National Galleries of Scotland is a major contributor to the international exhibitions circuit. In an average year we lend between 400 and 600 artworks to venues ranging from our sister museums and art galleries here in Edinburgh, to art centres, palazzos, castles, churches and sculpture parks all over the world. You may have spotted Billy Connolly on Benbecula and An Old Woman Cooking Eggs in Naples. We also have 287 artworks on long-term loan to 35 venues.

We are particularly committed to widening access to our collection within Scotland. Short and long-term loans, in addition to touring exhibitions, ensure that communities outside the central belt are able to experience works from old masters to challenging contemporary art.