Winter 2019

Our exhibition and events programme

This winter, come visit us at National Galleries of Scotland and find ideas and stories that connect with you. Discover work from artists filled with tenacity, drive, and a sense of discovery in our exhibition and events programme. Be it in the unflinching world views in the work of Paula Rego, the ingenious, astral collaborations of Katie Paterson in NOW, the uncovering of touching human stories in the BP Portrait Award 2019, or the documenting of a century of Scotland’s evolution in Scotland’s Photograph Album: The MacKinnon Collection.


Paula Rego | Obediance and Defiance

Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art (Modern Two)
23 November 2019-16 February 2020

This ambitious retrospective of the Portuguese artist’s work brings politics to the fore like never before. Spanning Rego’s career from the 1950s through to 2012, Rego addresses António de Oliveira Salazar’s fascist regime, the 1997 referendum on legalising abortion in Portugal, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 by the United States, and from 2009, female genital mutilation – all of which resonate strongly with contemporary feminist and political issues.

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NOW | Katie Paterson, Darren Almond, Shona Macnaughton, Lucy Raven

Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art (Modern One)
26 October 2019-31 May 2020

Celebrated Scottish artist Katie Paterson leads the sixth and final instalment of our contemporary art exhibiton series, as she explores theme of time through incredible, inspired collaborations with everyone from NASA to Margaret Atwood.

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Scotland's Photograph Album | The MacKinnon Collection

Scottish National Portrait Gallery
16 November 2019-16 February 2020

Said by the BBC to be “one of the most significant photography collections in decades", The MacKinnon Collection is an incredible visual documentary of the last 150 years of Scotland as capture through the camera lens.

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Picture Hooks

Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art (Modern One)

Until 31 May 2020

Every wondered what it takes to illustrate a children's book? Four renowned, established illustrators are each matched with an up and coming artist to mentor. The results, from preparatory sketchbooks to finished works are showcased in this fascinating display.

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BP Portrait Award 2019

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

7 December 2019-22 March 2020

This highlight of the annual art calendar makes its return to showcase some of the very best in portrait painting from around the world. The winning portrait was selected from 2,538 submissions from 84 countries.

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Beyond Realism

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One)

Until 25 October 2020

Bringing together some of the finest examples of Dada and Surrealist art from the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection, featuring works by artists such as Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dalí and René Magritte.

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Turner in January

Scottish National Gallery

1-31 January 2020

Welcome in the New Year with our annual display of watercolours by JMW Turner. This collections spans Turner's career and includes his atmospheric sketches from around Europe.

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Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

The newly refurbished Scottish Cafe & Restaurant has been remodelled with a fresh new look and re-imaged menu. Join us for lunch or coffee and freshly baked cakes and treats.

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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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