Rough Cut Nation

  • 7th − 30th August 2009 | 12-5pm Tue, Wed & Sun. 12-8pm Thu, Fri, Sat. Closed Mon. (Scottish National Portrait Gallery) | Free

The Show

Edinburgh's Beanland Films film Rough Cut Nation in the radical and experimental way in which it was conceived.

[Duration 1:42]


Rough Cut Nation is a collaborative project in which artists have constructed a remixed version of Scottish history. Informed by street art and graffiti culture, images have been painted, pasted and projected directly onto the walls of the Portrait Gallery.

By temporarily re-opening the doors to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, this new project exploits the evocative empty space produced by the Gallery's current closure for redevelopment. The installation updates William Hole's original decorative mural scheme of 1889-1898, depicting significant events from Scotland's past.

Rough Cut Nation features work from a range of artists and also includes artwork produced by young people on off-site projects.

The Rough Cut Café is throughout the exhibition and a programme of public workshops, live music in association with Avalanche records, DJs and events is also scheduled.