Environmental Response Plan
Art has the universal power to inspire us and all of our stakeholders in responding to the collective challenge we face.
A new Environmental Response Plan has been developed through close consultation with colleagues from across our organisation. It recognises that a significant amount of work has already been achieved, and much of it behind the scenes.
Climate Action Needs Culture
Initiated by Creative Carbon Scotland, a collaboration of cultural bodies in Scotland including the National Galleries of Scotland has commissioned a powerful short film – ‘Climate Action Needs Culture’.
This film was launched online on 5 November 2021 to policymakers as part of the Scottish Government’s Climate Ambition Zone and on 12 November at the Glasgow City Council COP26 civic reception during COP26. The 5 November launch was followed by climate and cultural leaders including the Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, Sir John Leighton, providing effective examples of collaborations in climate action. You can watch the launch event here.Download transcript
In this series of features, Patricia Macdonald (University of Edinburgh and Aerographica consultancy) considers environmental issues relating to climate change and biodiversity in the contexts of a series of key Scottish landscapes.
San fhoillseachadh seo, a tha a’ tighinn a-mach ann an trì earrannan, tha Patricia NicDhòmhnaill (à Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann agus a’ bhuidhinn comhairleachaidh Aerographica) a’ tòiseachadh le trì de na dealbhan ealain aice a thogadh bhon adhar, a-mach à cruinneachadh Gailearaidhean Nàiseanta na h-Alba, gus beachdachadh air gnothaichean àrainneachd a bhuineas do atharrachadh na gnàth-shìde, is bith-iomadachd an cois sreath de làraichean iomraiteach Albannach.
Preserving Pasts, Imagining Futures
In the run-up to and during the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, Glasgow, (COP26) in 2021, the National Galleries of Scotland and National Library of Scotland invited visitors to respond creatively to works from the national collections to visualise how Scotland has been and will continue to be impacted by the climate and ecological emergency, unless decisive action is taken.
NGS teams up with WWF on Great Scottish Canvas project
NGS curators played an instrumental role in selecting artworks made by members of the public that were shown at the COP26 conference.
In 2022, the National Galleries of Scotland was invited by the Scottish Government to write a guest blog on how we are embedding sustainable procurement in our Environmental Response Plan (ERP).
Green Tourism Award
National Galleries of Scotland are holders of a Green Tourism Gold award. This is the highest level award and demonstrates that we are an organisation committed to being an environmentally responsible visitor attraction, which champion sustainable practises within their operations and promote green tourism.
The Galleries were scored on a number of categories covering everything from how our buildings are managed, biodiversity on our grounds to social and equality issues.
The Art Works
The Art Works is our project to deliver a sustainable new facility to care for, research and share Scotland’s renowned art collection.
This exciting and transformative initiative supports Scotland’s green recovery by delivering the largest building in the country designed to the Passivhaus environmental standard.