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We are beginning a process of phased reopening. The Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) are now open. Visitors can book free time-slots for the Scottish National Gallery and for Modern One via our new online booking system: www.nationalgalleries.org

Admission remains free, but tickets must be booked online in advance. Tickets can be booked up to 2 weeks ahead. National Galleries of Scotland is a charity registered in Scotland no. SC003728

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We are delighted to announce that 'Histology of the Different Classes of Uterine Tumors', 2004-5, by Wangechi Mutu, is t...
01/09/2021

We are delighted to announce that 'Histology of the Different Classes of Uterine Tumors', 2004-5, by Wangechi Mutu, is the latest addition to the national collection.

We thank the Heinz Fund, and Art Fund, for helping us to acquire this important work.

A recurrent theme in Mutu’s work is the cultural representation of women – particularly women of colour – as objectified, commodified, and eroticised. She works by cutting up, drawing on, and reinterpreting material from a diverse range of sources.

This major work of art is comprised of twelve mixed-media collages, composed on pages taken from a nineteenth-century medical folio illustrating different diseases of the female sexual organs.

Read all about this acquisition in this blog by Leila Riszko, Curatorial Assistant in Modern and Contemporary Art. ➡ https://bit.ly/3DL7WNQ

See 'Histology of the Different Classes of Uterine Tumors' on display at #OurNewArrivals, opening 28 November. ➡ bit.ly/3zz4kf3

We are delighted to announce that 'Histology of the Different Classes of Uterine Tumors', 2004-5, by Wangechi Mutu, is the latest addition to the national collection.

We thank the Heinz Fund, and Art Fund, for helping us to acquire this important work.

A recurrent theme in Mutu’s work is the cultural representation of women – particularly women of colour – as objectified, commodified, and eroticised. She works by cutting up, drawing on, and reinterpreting material from a diverse range of sources.

This major work of art is comprised of twelve mixed-media collages, composed on pages taken from a nineteenth-century medical folio illustrating different diseases of the female sexual organs.

Read all about this acquisition in this blog by Leila Riszko, Curatorial Assistant in Modern and Contemporary Art. ➡ https://bit.ly/3DL7WNQ

See 'Histology of the Different Classes of Uterine Tumors' on display at #OurNewArrivals, opening 28 November. ➡ bit.ly/3zz4kf3

Harryhausen Virtual Exhibition Experience LIVE #2 🎬Wednesday 29 Sep, 6-7pm (BST). The second of four exclusive live-stre...
31/08/2021

Harryhausen Virtual Exhibition Experience LIVE #2 🎬

Wednesday 29 Sep, 6-7pm (BST).

The second of four exclusive live-streamed interactive events in which Hollywood insiders and celebrity super-fans delve into the magical world of Ray Harryhausen.

For our second special live-streamed event, we are joined by two of the most celebrated special effects artists currently working in Hollywood. Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. are behind some of the most iconic creature effects sequences from the last thirty years, working on Alien 3, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Godzilla vs Kong, to name just a few.

Both Alec and Tom have credited the influence of Harryhausen’s films on their early interest in creature effects and, in many ways, moments of their careers mirror elements of Ray’s. During this event, they will be discussing Ray’s work, and the way it has influenced their own careers.

Chaired by Becky Manson from the National Galleries of Scotland.

To take part in this event, all you need to do is to subscribe to the Harryhausen Virtual Exhibition Experience, a specially-curated online exhibition featuring a wealth of exclusive videos, virtual exhibits and more! Subscription to the experience costs £10.

Find all the details on our website ➡️https://bit.ly/3t1v59G

Harryhausen Virtual Exhibition Experience LIVE #2 🎬

Wednesday 29 Sep, 6-7pm (BST).

The second of four exclusive live-streamed interactive events in which Hollywood insiders and celebrity super-fans delve into the magical world of Ray Harryhausen.

For our second special live-streamed event, we are joined by two of the most celebrated special effects artists currently working in Hollywood. Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. are behind some of the most iconic creature effects sequences from the last thirty years, working on Alien 3, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Godzilla vs Kong, to name just a few.

Both Alec and Tom have credited the influence of Harryhausen’s films on their early interest in creature effects and, in many ways, moments of their careers mirror elements of Ray’s. During this event, they will be discussing Ray’s work, and the way it has influenced their own careers.

Chaired by Becky Manson from the National Galleries of Scotland.

To take part in this event, all you need to do is to subscribe to the Harryhausen Virtual Exhibition Experience, a specially-curated online exhibition featuring a wealth of exclusive videos, virtual exhibits and more! Subscription to the experience costs £10.

Find all the details on our website ➡️https://bit.ly/3t1v59G

Imagine being at the very first Edinburgh festival. Well, you can enjoy a view of what it was like in this print by Bet ...
30/08/2021

Imagine being at the very first Edinburgh festival. Well, you can enjoy a view of what it was like in this print by Bet Low, titled Edinburgh Festival Club 1947.

Once again, Edinburgh's bustling festival month of August is coming to an end. Which feels like a good moment to ask you to share your favourite festival memories. They could be from years gone by, or maybe you watched a cracking online event this year.

And if you've never been to Edinburgh for the festival, then why not tell us about a great gathering wherever is local to you?

Looking forward to hearing your stories!

Image copyright The Bet Low Trust

Imagine being at the very first Edinburgh festival. Well, you can enjoy a view of what it was like in this print by Bet Low, titled Edinburgh Festival Club 1947.

Once again, Edinburgh's bustling festival month of August is coming to an end. Which feels like a good moment to ask you to share your favourite festival memories. They could be from years gone by, or maybe you watched a cracking online event this year.

And if you've never been to Edinburgh for the festival, then why not tell us about a great gathering wherever is local to you?

Looking forward to hearing your stories!

Image copyright The Bet Low Trust

How do you like your e̶g̶g̶s̶ #FridayArtQuiz in the morning? 🥚https://bit.ly/3BiyofGP.s. this is a repeat quiz, as we're...
27/08/2021

How do you like your e̶g̶g̶s̶ #FridayArtQuiz in the morning? 🥚

https://bit.ly/3BiyofG

P.s. this is a repeat quiz, as we're having a wee break during August.

How do you like your e̶g̶g̶s̶ #FridayArtQuiz in the morning? 🥚

https://bit.ly/3BiyofG

P.s. this is a repeat quiz, as we're having a wee break during August.

On #InternationalDogDay, here's something to give you paws. 🐾In 2019, we received news that a Scottish engineer and buil...
26/08/2021

On #InternationalDogDay, here's something to give you paws. 🐾

In 2019, we received news that a Scottish engineer and building contractor, James Cowan Smith (1839-1919), had bequeathed funds to purchase artworks for the National Gallery.

He specified one condition; the portrait of his beloved Dandie Dinmont Terrier Callum should be put on permanent display. He also requested that five shillings a week be paid to his coachman, Arthur Wing, to provide for his surviving dog, Fury.

2019 marked the 100 year anniversary of Cowan Smith’s bequest. It may sound far-fetched, but to celebrate, we invited two Dandie Dinmont Terriers to visit Callum.

If you do anything today, find out how a dog helped to build Scotland’s art collection: https://bit.ly/3gwjeeU

On #InternationalDogDay, here's something to give you paws. 🐾

In 2019, we received news that a Scottish engineer and building contractor, James Cowan Smith (1839-1919), had bequeathed funds to purchase artworks for the National Gallery.

He specified one condition; the portrait of his beloved Dandie Dinmont Terrier Callum should be put on permanent display. He also requested that five shillings a week be paid to his coachman, Arthur Wing, to provide for his surviving dog, Fury.

2019 marked the 100 year anniversary of Cowan Smith’s bequest. It may sound far-fetched, but to celebrate, we invited two Dandie Dinmont Terriers to visit Callum.

If you do anything today, find out how a dog helped to build Scotland’s art collection: https://bit.ly/3gwjeeU

"The way she could make a brush loaded with watercolour conjure up a petal was almost magical. But it is often the space...
25/08/2021

"The way she could make a brush loaded with watercolour conjure up a petal was almost magical. But it is often the space between things which gave her paintings their charge; she had an innate, intuitive feeling for composition."

We are immensely saddened by the recent news of Dame Elizabeth Blackadder’s death, aged 89.

In this blog, Patrick Elliott, Chief Curator in Modern and Contemporary Art, delves into her artistic career and lasting legacy: https://bit.ly/3DrNEJ4

Photograph: 'Elizabeth Blackadder, b. 1931. Artist' by Jessie Ann Matthew.

"The way she could make a brush loaded with watercolour conjure up a petal was almost magical. But it is often the space between things which gave her paintings their charge; she had an innate, intuitive feeling for composition."

We are immensely saddened by the recent news of Dame Elizabeth Blackadder’s death, aged 89.

In this blog, Patrick Elliott, Chief Curator in Modern and Contemporary Art, delves into her artistic career and lasting legacy: https://bit.ly/3DrNEJ4

Photograph: 'Elizabeth Blackadder, b. 1931. Artist' by Jessie Ann Matthew.

In case you missed it - watch Isaac Julien discuss his acclaimed Edinburgh Art Festival presentation Lessons of The Hour...
24/08/2021
Talks & Lectures | Lessons of the Hour | Isaac Julien in conversation with Celeste-Marie Bernier

In case you missed it - watch Isaac Julien discuss his acclaimed Edinburgh Art Festival presentation Lessons of The Hour, which is currently on display at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, with Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier. Includes responses to audience questions at the end.

https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features/talks-lectures-lessons-hour-isaac-julien-conversation-celeste-marie-bernier

In partnership with Edinburgh Art Festival and British Council, National Galleries of Scotland are delighted to present internationally acclaimed artist Professor Isaac Julien CBE RA in conversation with Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier, Chair of United States and Atlantic...

Are you getting excited for #Tokyo2020? We certainly are!Here's a portrait of an amazing athlete from our collection to ...
24/08/2021

Are you getting excited for #Tokyo2020? We certainly are!

Here's a portrait of an amazing athlete from our collection to look back on.

Caroline Baird (formerly Innes) represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland as a sprinter at three Paralympic Games.

Born in Cupar, Fife, she was involved in sport from a young age. For over a decade Baird was recognised as the world’s leading sprinter in her para sports classification.

She challenged perceptions, raised standards and broke down barriers in sprinting for athletes with cerebral palsy.

You can see the painitng at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Book your visit at https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/scottish-national-portrait-gallery

Credit: Caroline Innes, b. 1974. Paralympic athlete by John Lessore, 2004.

Are you getting excited for #Tokyo2020? We certainly are!

Here's a portrait of an amazing athlete from our collection to look back on.

Caroline Baird (formerly Innes) represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland as a sprinter at three Paralympic Games.

Born in Cupar, Fife, she was involved in sport from a young age. For over a decade Baird was recognised as the world’s leading sprinter in her para sports classification.

She challenged perceptions, raised standards and broke down barriers in sprinting for athletes with cerebral palsy.

You can see the painitng at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Book your visit at https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/scottish-national-portrait-gallery

Credit: Caroline Innes, b. 1974. Paralympic athlete by John Lessore, 2004.

Alison Watt, whose exhibition A Portrait Without Likeness is currently on at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, wil...
24/08/2021
Watch online: Alison Watt with Andrew O’Hagan: The Joy of Influence

Alison Watt, whose exhibition A Portrait Without Likeness is currently on at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, will be discussing the role of artistic influence with the author Andrew O'Hagan as part of Edinburgh International Book Festival later this morning. You can watch online from 11.30am and tickets are PWYC. Enjoy! https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/alison-watt-with-andrew-o-hagan-the-joy-of-influence

From Tue 24 Aug - Alison Watt is one of Scotland’s best-known living artists, renowned for her paintings of human figures and more recently for her intimate depictions of the folds in fabrics and draperies. With...

"These pictures have no horizon and, as viewers, we experience something of the vertiginous edge of the world that Coope...
23/08/2021
Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge

"These pictures have no horizon and, as viewers, we experience something of the vertiginous edge of the world that Cooper journeyed to, the extreme and remote locations, some previously unknown."

Find out more about Thomas Joshua Cooper | The World's Edge in this long read from Studio International. The exhibition is currently on at the Scottish National Portait Gallery and entry is free. Book your tickets now by visiting our website.

Thirty-five vast black-and white photographs transport us to unbearably beautiful and heartbreakingly fragile locations at the furthest reaches of the globe

Earlier this week we learnt that Kathleen Jamie is Scotland's fourth Makar. 🙌Earlier this year we acquired a portrait of...
21/08/2021

Earlier this week we learnt that Kathleen Jamie is Scotland's fourth Makar. 🙌

Earlier this year we acquired a portrait of Carol Ann Duffy by artist Clae Eastgate (Portraits by Clae Eastgate).

This portrait is part of a wider series, titled 'Painting the Poets' which is dedicated to painting women poets based in the UK. It responds to the emergence of a new generation of women writing poetry. It includes a portrait of Scotland's former Makar, Jackie Kay.

We caught up with Eastgate to learn more about her practice. Read the interview in full here: https://bit.ly/3j2Ijja

Earlier this week we learnt that Kathleen Jamie is Scotland's fourth Makar. 🙌

Earlier this year we acquired a portrait of Carol Ann Duffy by artist Clae Eastgate (Portraits by Clae Eastgate).

This portrait is part of a wider series, titled 'Painting the Poets' which is dedicated to painting women poets based in the UK. It responds to the emergence of a new generation of women writing poetry. It includes a portrait of Scotland's former Makar, Jackie Kay.

We caught up with Eastgate to learn more about her practice. Read the interview in full here: https://bit.ly/3j2Ijja

Good morning world, here's your #FridayArtQuiz delivery. 🎁Where are you joining us from? Let us know in the comments, al...
20/08/2021

Good morning world, here's your #FridayArtQuiz delivery. 🎁

Where are you joining us from? Let us know in the comments, along with your score! https://bit.ly/3j4J63b

Good morning world, here's your #FridayArtQuiz delivery. 🎁

Where are you joining us from? Let us know in the comments, along with your score! https://bit.ly/3j4J63b

It's #WorldPhotographyDay, so we thought we'd share a few facts about photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper. 📸• Cooper uses ...
19/08/2021

It's #WorldPhotographyDay, so we thought we'd share a few facts about photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper. 📸

• Cooper uses a large format camera made in 1898. He takes just one exposure in each extreme and remote location.

• He's the only person to have captured the two poles.

• He has set foot on uncharted land masses through his work, which earns him naming rights of previously unknown islands and archipelagos. These include an Antarctic island that he named Catherine, after his wife.

• Cooper, who does not swim, would often be kitted out in a survival suit and on several occasions risked life and limb to make his photographs.

You can see his photographs on display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Book your free tickets here: https://bit.ly/3D1G87l

Photograph © Neil Hanna.

It's #WorldPhotographyDay, so we thought we'd share a few facts about photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper. 📸

• Cooper uses a large format camera made in 1898. He takes just one exposure in each extreme and remote location.

• He's the only person to have captured the two poles.

• He has set foot on uncharted land masses through his work, which earns him naming rights of previously unknown islands and archipelagos. These include an Antarctic island that he named Catherine, after his wife.

• Cooper, who does not swim, would often be kitted out in a survival suit and on several occasions risked life and limb to make his photographs.

You can see his photographs on display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Book your free tickets here: https://bit.ly/3D1G87l

Photograph © Neil Hanna.

Tune in to this Thursday evening's Art Late with Edinburgh Art Festival. ✨This online curated tour celebrates the rich p...
17/08/2021

Tune in to this Thursday evening's Art Late with Edinburgh Art Festival. ✨

This online curated tour celebrates the rich programme of visual art happening across Scotland's capital.

Watch Alison Watt in conversation with curator Julie Lawson to discuss the exhibition 'A Portrait Without Likeness' currently on display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Grab your free tickets here: https://bit.ly/3yU64iJ

Photograph © Neil Hanna.

Tune in to this Thursday evening's Art Late with Edinburgh Art Festival. ✨

This online curated tour celebrates the rich programme of visual art happening across Scotland's capital.

Watch Alison Watt in conversation with curator Julie Lawson to discuss the exhibition 'A Portrait Without Likeness' currently on display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Grab your free tickets here: https://bit.ly/3yU64iJ

Photograph © Neil Hanna.

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Another one of my daughter's drawings of a Rose ( remote school learning)
Another one of my daughter's drawing of a Rose ( remote school learning)