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