Summer 2019

This summer the National Galleries of Scotland is packed full of world-class exhibitions and special events. They’re the perfect places in which to play, create, eat, drink and relax.

From the dazzling paintings of Bridget Riley to the kaleidoscopic collages of Cut and Paste, and from the expressive photographs of Diane Arbus to the decaying roses of Anya Gallaccio, this summer’s programme contains something for everything, whether you want to be delighted, challenged, or just to feast your eyes on some of the greatest images ever created.

We’re also putting on some fantastic events for visitors of all ages. Alongside our ongoing programme of events for adults, families and community groups, is Kids: Cut it Out , a rich range of fun and engaging activities for children at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

And at the heart of everything is YOU! We want to hear what you think of your gallery experiences this summer, so please let us know, either using the #whatdoyousee hashtag or by e-mailing [email protected].

Exhibitions

Bridget Riley

Scottish National Gallery (Royal Scottish Academy)
Until Sun 22 Sep 2019

The first museum survey of Riley’s work to be held in the UK for 16 years, and the first of its kind in Scotland, this spans over 70 years of work, and places particular emphasis on the origins of Riley’s practice and traces pivotal moments across her acclaimed career.

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Cut and Paste | 400 Years of Collage

Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art (Modern Two)
Until Sun 27 Oct 2019

Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage is the first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place anywhere in the world. Collage is often described as a twentieth-century invention, but this show spans a period of more than 400 years and includes more than 250 works.

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ARTIST ROOMS Self Evidence | Photographs by Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe

 

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Until Sun 20 Oct 2019

With a particular focus on self-portraiture and representation, this exhibition celebrates the work of three of the twentieth century’s most influential photographers, and explores the connections and similarities between these three Americans, each of whom produced bodies of work that were revolutionary, ground-breaking and at times controversial.

 

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NOW | Charles Avery, Aurélien Froment, Anya Gallaccio, Roger Hiorns, Peles Empire, Zineb Sedira


Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art (Modern One)

Until Sun 22 Sep 2019

The fifth instalment in the NOW series is centred around the work of Anya Gallaccio, a Paisley-born artist renowned for her spectacular installations and sculptures. Using all kinds of organic materials, she creates temporary works that change over time as they are subjected to natural processes of transformation and decay. 

 

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The Long Look | The Making of a Portrait

 

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Until Sun 27 Oct 2019

The Long Look is a collaboration between the painter Audrey Grant and the photographer and printmaker Norman McBeath. It explores the art of portraiture beyond the conventional artist and sitter relationship, revealing what became a unique creative exchange between the two artists.

 

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Art Competition for Schools 2019

 

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Until Sun 22 Sep 2019

Children from nursery, primary, secondary and special education schools from all over Scotland have been inspired by their national collection to prduce their own works of art.. Themes this year included: 'Petals, Leaves and Bumblebees', 'Dragons', 'Spark, Flicker and Flame', and 'Drip, Pour, Splash, Freeze & Eat'.

 

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Kids: Cut it Out!

Inspired by our collage exhibition, Kids: Cut it Out! at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is designed to excite, delight and surprise. Join us and create your very own collaged creations, explore our family play area, or grab an ice cream that takes some licking

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Read our blog

From Mary, Queen of Scots in ten objects to lifting the lid on the genius behind Dalí’s Lobster Telephone, our blog explores ideas big and small around the world of art.

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Fall in love with Edinburgh

Edinburgh is truly special destination for visitors and we have teamed up with friends across the city to showcase just what is great about it - the architecture, the history, the live music, the food and drink, the theatre, and of course, the art.

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Edinburgh Art Festival

We are delighted once again to be part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. As well as our major exhibitions being part of the programme, we are presenting Rosalind Nashashibi's Festival commission, hosting the Festival keynote address, and are one of the destinations on the Art Lates events.

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Summer shopping

New shop coming soon

In August we are reopening our newly refurbished Scottish National Gallery shop. Pay us a visit for exclusive National Galleries of Scotland gifts, products featuring collection artworks, Scottish made craft and essential gallery souvenirs.