Galleries & Exhibition Spaces ~ Edinburgh

City Art Centre

2 Market Street (map)
Open: Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12 noon – 5pm

Telephone: 0131 529 3993

Formerly a warehouse, the City Art Centre’s building was originally constructed between 1899 and 1902 as part of the Scotsman newspaper buildings. In 1980 it was converted into a gallery, housing exhibitions over six floors. The City Art Centre holds exhibitions of work from local and international artists ranging from historic and modern photography, contemporary art and design, architecture and built environment. The City Art Centre’s primary focus is showcasing Scottish art and one of its galleries is dedicated to displaying the City’s collection.


Collective Gallery

22-28 Cockburn Street (old address) (map)
 * In the process of moving to the City Observatory on Callton Hill *
Open:  Tuesday to Sunday 11 – 5pm
Telephone: 0131 220 1260

Collective is committed to supporting new visual art through a programme of exhibitions, projects and commissions. Originally established as an artist run organisation in 1984 the Collective is an international organisation for the production, research, presentation and distribution of contemporary art and culture with a specific focus on new visual art and practices. They aim to foster, support and debate new work and practices in a way which is of mutual benefit to artists and audiences.


Dovecot Studios

10 Infirmary Street (map)
Open: Monday to Saturday, 10.30am – 5.30pm (except public holidays)
Telephone: 0131 550 3660

Founded in 1912 by the Marquess of Bute, the studio evolved from the renowned William Morris Craft Studio at Merton Abbey in Wimbledon. In 1946, the studio established a reputation as a leading contemporary fine art tapestry studio, producing tapestry and rugs for private and public collectors. Dovecot completed a £12million refurbishment of Edinburgh’s oldest public baths into workshop and gallery spaces in 2008. The new building is also home to the Dovecot Foundation which supports the work of the studios and a programme of cross-discipline exhibitions and events.


Edinburgh Art’s Complex
Edinburgh Arts Complex
St Margaret’s House, 151 London Road 
Open: Monday to Sunday 10am-10pm
Telephone: 0131 661 1924

Opened in August 2008, art’s complex is a charitable organisation based in St Margaret’s House, 151 London Road, Edinburgh. Their main aim is to redress the imbalance between the number of artists working in the city and the affordable space that is available to them. Their mid- to long- term objective is to reach out specifically to the surrounding community through arts education and participatory projects. They hope to realise this aim by inviting culturally diverse projects and artists to show and discuss their work in art’s complex.


Edinburgh College of Art

74 Lauriston Place (map)
Open: Student exhibitions during term time and a venue for the Art Festival in August
Telephone: 0131 221 6027

Founded in 1907, with a history dating back to the 18th century, the College merged with Edinburgh University on the 1st of August 2011 . Students hold exhibitions during term time and in June for the Degree Show. ECA is also one of the venues of the Edinburgh Art Festival in August.


Edinburgh Printmakers

23 Union Street (map)
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 6pm
Telephone: 031 557 2479

Established in 1967 as the first open access studio in Britain, Edinburgh Printmakers is an organisation dedicated to the practice of fine art printmaking. They are committed to providing high quality, low cost printmaking facilities for artists. Edinburgh Printmakers is also the home of one of the UK’s leading contemporary art spaces with year round exhibitions and associated events that showcase the very best artwork from the world of contemporary art in print. They regularly commission, publish and exhibit new and exciting work by some of the most talented artists in Scotland.


Embassy Gallery

10b Broughton Street (map)
Open: Thursday to  Sunday 12-6pm (During exhibitions)

Embassy is a non-profit making artist-run gallery founded in 2004. The gallery holds a yearly programme of exhibitions and events and exhibits at off site projects. Each year they also co-ordinate the Annuale festival; a presentation of grassroots artistic activity in various venues throughout the city.The gallery co-ordinates and presents a professional development programme for students at Edinburgh College of Art in return for some funding towards the gallery’s core costs.


Fine Art Library- Central Library
central library
7-9 George IV Bridge (map)
Telephone: 0131 242 8040

Applications to exhibit art work in the Art Library are welcome from all sectors of the community, either as individuals or in groups. No charge is made for the space and exhibitions usually last one calendar month


Fruitmarket Gallery

45 Market Street (map)
Open: Monday to Saturday  11am-6pm, Sunday 12-5pm
Telephone: 0131 225 2383

The Fruitmarket Gallery opened in 1974 using a building which was originally built as a fruit and vegetable market in 1938. In 1994, the building was renovated by Richard Murphy Architects to assume its current form. The Gallery presents world-class, thought-provoking and challenging art made by both Scottish and international artists in an environment that is welcoming, engaging, informative and always free. It has a café and a bookshop which stocks art, architecture, design and photography books and magazines, along with a range of books for children.


Ingleby Gallery 

15 Calton Road (map)
Open: Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm
Telephone:  131 556 4441

Founded in 1998, Ingleby Gallery maintains an ambitious program of exhibitions and off-site projects by established and emerging artists. Over the past 14 years, it has secured a reputation as one of the country’s leading private galleries, renowned for the quality of its exhibitions and publications. The Gallery represents artists of international standing, whilst also introducing and supporting artists at earlier stages in their career.


The Institute Gallery

14 Roseneath Street (map)
Open: Monday to Wednesday 10:30am-5:30pm, Thursday to  Saturday 10:30am to 9pm
Telephone: 1312291338

The Institute Gallery is a hybrid arts space embracing all the forms of digital art including contemporary photography, electronic music performances and live events. The gallery is a focal point for contemporary photography. A wide range of unique limited and open edition prints are available to the collector and enthusiast.


Inverleith House

Royal Botanic Garden, 20A Inverleith Row (map)
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 3.30 (winter) 5.30pm (summer)
Telephone: 131 248 2971 (/2849 at weekends)

The Eighteenth Century mansion of Inverleith House was formerly the founding home of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art from 1960 to 1984. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is the only botanic garden in the world with an active programme of exhibitions spanning contemporary visual art and botanical science. All of the exhibitions are originated by Inverleith House; they usually feature new work being shown for the first time and often represent the artist’s first showing in Scotland or the UK.  Occasionally, exhibitions and events and are presented in the 73 acre landscaped grounds and in the Glasshouses and Victorian Palmhouse.


Jupiter Art Land
Jupiter Art Land
Bonnington House Steadings, Wilkieston (map)
Open: Mid May- Mid September, Thursday to Sunday 10am-5pm
Telephone: 01506 889900

Jupiter Artland is an award-winning contemporary sculpture garden, just outside Edinburgh. Home to very special works by many leading artists and sculptors.


Marchmont Gallery

 56 Warrender Park Road (map)
Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Telephone: 0131 228 8228

A small independently run Gallery situated in amongst the beautiful tenement buildings of Edinburgh’s Marchmont, just beyond the Meadows. Marchmont Gallery displays a wide range of art and craft by both established and up and coming local artists. They also offer a reputable framing service.


National Galleries of Scotland: The National Gallery and Royal Scottish Academy 

The Mound (map)
Open: Open daily, 10am to 5pm, Thursdays until 7pm
Telephone: 131 624 6200

The National Galleries of Scotland is made up of three interconnected buildings located in the heart of Edinburgh. The Gallery is home to a major part of Scotland’s  national collection of fine art; the Academy is one of Europe’s premier venues for international exhibitions; and the Gardens Entrance, which lies beneath the two buildings, connects them together with areas for shopping, learning, eating and drinking. The Gallery houses the national collection of fine art from the early Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century. The newly refurbished Academy, in front of the Gallery, re-opened in 2003 as a world-class venue for special temporary exhibitions.


Modern (Dean) Gallery

73 Belford Road (map)
Open: Open daily, 10am to 5pm
Telephone: 131 624 6200

The National Gallery of Modern Art is comprised of two buildings:

Modern Art One contains Works from the Gallery’s collection, plus special loans. The early part of the collection features French and Russian art from the beginning of the twentieth century, cubist paintings and superb holdings of expressionist and modern British art. Special highlights include paintings by Matisse and Picasso. The Gallery also has an outstanding collection of international post-war work and the most important and extensive collection of modern Scottish art. The post-war collection features art by Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Lucian Freud, with more recent works by artists including Antony Gormley, Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.

Modern Two (formerly the Dean) is home to a changing programme of world-class exhibitions and displays drawn for the permanent collection. Modern Two is also home to the Gallery’s substantial library and archive, open to the public by appointment, and changing displays in the Gabrielle Keiller library.

Both Galleries are set in extensive parkland, where visitors can discover sculpture works by important artists like Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread, Richard Long and Nathan Coley. The lawn to the front of Modern One was re-landscaped in 2002 to a design by Charles Jencks. This dramatic work, or ‘landform’, comprises a stepped, serpentine mound reflected in three crescent-shaped pools of water. The façade of Modern One is home to Martin’s Creed’s prescient work No. 975, Everything’s Going to be Alright.


Open Eye Gallery & i2

34 Abercromby Place (map)
Open: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm
Telephone: 0131 558 9872

The Open Eye Gallery is committed to the promotion of young contemporary artists alongside those of the established school. Ranging from the traditional to the Avant-garde, the figurative to the abstract, each exhibition is complemented by a selection of applied art including sculpture, ceramics and jewellery. Sister gallery to the Open Eye, Eye two specialises in modern European and American printmaking.


Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street (map)
Open: Open daily, 10am to 5pm, Thursdays until 7pm
Telephone: 131 624 6200

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is home to Scotland’s national collection of portraits and currently also houses the National Photography Collection. Its origins can be traced to one enthusiastic collector, the mildly eccentric David, 11th Earl of Buchan whose collection of portraits of famous Scots, assembled in the late eighteenth century, formed the foundation of the national portrait collection in its first conception. In 1889 John Ritchie Findlay, the chief proprietor of The Scotsman paid for the construction and an endowment and also masterminded the building that was to house the collection. He employed the architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, who created a modern purpose-designed art gallery to rival the most advanced at the time in Europe and America. At the same time, he wanted his building to be a shrine for Scotland’s heroes. The extensive decoration scheme, both external and internal, was designed with this idea in mind and is now an essential part of the visitor’s experience. To this day, the Gallery continues to collect works that are portraits of Scots, though not necessarily made by Scots. It aims to add portraits of those missing in the collection, as well as to bring the collection up to date. Since 1982 there has been a policy of commissioning portraits of living Scots by contemporary artists. The Gallery went through a major overhaul from 2009-2011 allowing for a dramatic increase in space which increased the number of works on show to a total of 850.


The Old Ambulance Depot

77 Brunswick Street (map)
Open: Varies
Telephone: 0131 558 5400

Situated at the top of Leith, The Old Ambulance Depot is less of a gallery, and more of a creative space that is regularly home to various exhibitions of exciting new artists’ work. It is a space for emerging and established local, British and International artists to showcase their oft boundary-pushing work across all practices, from photography and film to installation and painting.


The Red Door Gallery

42 Victoria Street (map)
Open: Monday to Wednesday :10:30-17:30, Thursday to Saturday :10:30-18:00, Sunday :12:00-17:00
Telephone:0131 477 3255

As one of Edinburgh’s most distinctive boutique art spaces the Red Door Gallery supports the work of independent and emerging designers and are dedicated to presenting original, inspirational and affordable artwork. They sell artists books, accessories, affordable prints, jewellery, homewares, lomography cameras and cards.


Rhubaba Gallery

25 Arthur Street (map)
Open: Friday to Sunday, 12 to 5pm

Founded in 2009 as a communal studio and project space Rhubaba Gallery and Studio is an artist-run organisation in Edinburgh that provides studio space for fifteen artists and an annual programme of exhibitions and events. Established in response to a perceived gap in appropriate studio provision for recent graduates and through the desire to create a space dedicated to both the production and presentation of contemporary art, Rhubaba initially housed ten recent graduates from Edinburgh College of Art. During their first year they organised a series of exhibitions in temporary spaces around the city as well as with host venues further afield. Rhubaba has continued to develop an ambitious programme and moved to Leith in 2010 to accommodate more studios and a permanent gallery space. They are committed to generating a supportive workspace and a dynamic platform for local and international artists. Rhubaba aims to give early-career artists the opportunity to produce new work in a discursive environment, work collaboratively with other artist-led initiatives and explore wider debates in contemporary art, bringing exciting and challenging works to Scotland.



23 Cockburn Street (map)
Open: Daily 11am-6pm
Telephone: 0131 622 6200

Stills opened in 1977 as Scotland’s first gallery specialising in contemporary photography. Since then, they have extended their facilities and now provide the best photographic  darkrooms and digital production facilities in Scotland. They also have a film lounge showing artists videos and a  library with a great selection of photography books and magazines on the downstairs level.



1 Summerhall (map)
Telephone: 0131 560 1590


Formerly the ‘Dick’ Veterinary School, from August 2012, Summerhall will be open to the public all year round and will host events in all the City’s major festivals. Visitors will find theatre and gallery spaces, libraries and small museums, educational and research programmes, studios, workshops and the seven storey Tech Cube.


Superclub Gallery

11a Gayfield Square (map)
Open: Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Superclub is an artist-run gallery, project space and working studio based in Edinburgh, Scotland that focuses on providing a supporting platform for emerging Scottish and International artists and curators.


Talbot Rice Gallery

Old College, South Bridge (map)
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Daily during the Edinburgh Art Festival
Telephone: 0131 650 2210

A part of the University of Edinburgh, The Talbot Rice Gallery  was established in 1975. It takes its name from David Talbot Rice, the Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh from 1934–1972. The Gallery is based in the University’s historic Old College by William Henry Playfair. 

The Gallery is comprised of  three exhibition spaces:

The Georgian Gallery with a neoclassical interior was originally designed by William Playfair as a natural history museum. This recently refurbished room now hosts vibrant historic, experimental and academic exhibitions.The upper level of the gallery displays a selection from the University Torrie Collection; a bequest to the University of predominantly 17th century Dutch paintings and bronzes.

The White Gallery which has a changing programme of exhibitions, presenting the work of contemporary Scottish and international artists through solo, retrospective and thematic exhibitions.

-The Round Room on the White Gallery upper level hosts site specific experimental projects normally connected with the exhibition in the White Gallery.

Entrance to the gallery is through the Old College Quadrangle from South Bridge and on the far left corner of the quad or from West College Street off Chamber’s Street.


Tent Gallery

Evolution House, 78 West Port (map)
Open: Monday to Friday 10am-4pm 
Telephone: 0131 221 6091

Located on the ground floor of Edinburgh College of art building Evolution House, the Tent Gallery holds exhibitions throughout the year.


Whitespace Gallery

11 Gayfield Square (map)
Open: Varies
Telephone: 0781 451 4771

Whitespace provides a space for various classes and exhibitions. The space is for general hire and runs throughout the year. It is organised by artist Leigh Chorlton who teaches at Leith Academy as well as running his own workshops in drawing and painting.

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