Audio Guide at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

What’s on the guide?

Our audio guide at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery features two playlists that will guide you through the gallery. Visitors can choose to listen to one of the playlists or move between the two to support their visit.

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What Can a Portrait Be? 

On this playlist you’ll hear from artists, writers, curators, and commentators.  They’ll offer unique insights into the different forms that portraits can take and the functions they can and have performed through history. 

With contributions from:

Ken Currie, Robert Steele, Jackie Kay, Julie Lawson, Angela Palmer, Val McDermid, Evelyn Glennie, Alison Watt, Moyna Flannigan, Kate Anderson, Lucinda Lax, Jacqueline Riding, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Anne Lyden, Sara Sheridan, Imogen Gibbon, Horse McDonald and Roxana Halls.

What Can a Portrait Be? | Evelyn Glennie

In this extract from the What Can a Portrait Be? audio guide playlist world-renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie speaks about her portrait by Edinburgh photographer Chris Close.

We are Here

The portraits featured on this playlist celebrate Scotland’s changing faces. On this playlist you’ll hear from a variety of artists, authors, academics, curators and commentators who’ll tell you remarkable stories about figures from Scotland’s past and the individuals who are shaping its present and future.

With contributions from:

Mona Siddiqui, Anne Lyden, Jenna Gearing, Robin Baillie, Alicia Bruce, Sekai Machache, Liz Louis, David Thomson, Kate Anderson, Lucinda Lax, Sara Sheridan, Thomas Joshua Cooper and Jackie Kay

We are Here | Alicia Bruce

In this extract from the We are Here audio guide playlist we look at the photograph Mike and Sheila Forbes, Mill of Menie by Alicia Bruce. The photographer speaks about how she wanted to represent the resistents of Menie who were threatened with compulsory purchase orders on their homes as part of Trump International’s planned golf course and housing development.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery Audio Guide

Scottish National Portrait Gallery Audio Guide

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