We're both shaken AND stirred! 🍸 Discover fascinating stories about the tastemakers who helped form Scotland’s collection of Impressionist art at our exhibition #TasteForImpressionism.
Trailer 'Inside Art: Alberta Whittle at Venice Biennale' Mon 26 Sep, 7pm, Sky Arts
Take a trip to Italy with Sky Arts...
This Monday 'Inside Art: Alberta Whittle at Venice Biennale' will be screened on the free-to-view channel at 7pm.
Presenter Kate Bryan joins Alberta at the 2022 festival where she is representing Scotland.
📺 Mon 26 Sep, 7pm, Sky Arts.
Her Majesty The Queen visits the Scottish National Gallery, 1956
We join the nation in expressing our sorrow at the death of Her Majesty The Queen and we send our deepest condolences to The Royal Family.
"A much admired and respected figure at home and internationally, The Queen ruled for longer than any other monarch in British history. She dedicated a lifetime of service to her role, which included supporting many hundreds of charities and voluntary organisations. She will also be remembered by those who were closest to her, as a wife, a mother and grandmother." Benny Higgins, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, National Galleries of Scotland
Scotland played a special part in The Queen’s life. We were pleased to welcome her to our Galleries on many occasions during her reign. Her first visit as Monarch was back in in 1956 when she came to the Scottish National Gallery with HRH Prince Philip, a moment you can experience in the archive film shared here.
We are proud to hold in Scotland’s national collection many works depicting The Queen, and we will soon put one of these on display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Our flags will fly at half-mast today as a mark of respect, and we will open books of condolence at each of our Galleries to allow our visitors to share their thoughts. Our galleries will close on the day of the funeral.
British Sign Language (BSL) tour of A Taste for Impressionism
Want to know what to expect when visiting our new exhibition 'A Taste for Impressionism'? Presented by Trudi Collier, this short film in British Sign Language (BSL) introduces the exhibition.
For more BSL resources visit: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/learn/british-sign-language
We look forward to seeing you soon 👋 ☺️
A Taste for Impressionism - Women Collectors
Some fascinating women were significant collectors of modern French art.
Our new exhibition features works collected by the 'First Lady of Fleet Street', Rachel Beer and Evelyn Fleming. Professor Frances Fowle offers a swift insight into their lives and art collections.
'A Taste for Impressionism | Modern French Art from Millet to Matisse' is now open at the Royal Scottish Academy. Find out how visionary Scottish collectors like Rachel and Evelyn helped shape Scotland’s national collection.
Book your tickets: www.nationalgalleries.org/impressionism
Van Gogh self-portrait discovered by National Galleries of Scotland
We have made a truly incredible discovery.
A previously unknown self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh has been found in our collection. Yes, you read that right.
The mysterious image was revealed in an x-ray taken when we examined our Van Gogh painting 'Head of a Peasant Woman' for our upcoming exhibition A Taste for Impressionism.
Hidden from view for over a century, the self-portrait is on the back of the canvas with 'Head of a Peasant Woman' and covered by layers of glue and cardboard.
The x-ray shows a bearded sitter in a brimmed hat with a neckerchief loosely tied at the throat. He fixes the viewer with an intense stare, the right side of his face in shadow and his left ear clearly visible.
You'll be able to see this amazing x-ray image in a specially crafted lightbox at the centre of A Taste for Impressionism. We can't wait to share this once-in-a-lifetime discovery with you all.
🎟️ Ticket bookings: https://bit.ly/3LjuXuB
FAB Family Art Baskets at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Our FAB Family Art Baskets have proved to be very popular! If you fancy coming along, take a look at the dates available and book your space now. It's on every day of the summer holidays and is FREE! Watch our video to give you a flavour of what to expect on your visit. We can’t wait to welcome you!
🧺 Book your basket https://www.nationalgalleries.org/FAB
British Sign Language (BSL) tour of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)
Trudi Collier presents a British Sign Language (BSL) tour of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two), letting you know what to expect from your visit.
British Sign Language (BSL) Tour of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One)
Trudi Collier presents a British Sign Language (BSL) tour of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One), letting you know what to expect from your visit.
Barbara Hepworth | Art & Life - Smartify Audio Tour
A SMARTIFY audio tour is now available for visitors to 'Barbara Hepworth | Art & Life'.
The narrated tour has thirteen stops and includes interviews with Curator Eleanor Clayton of the Hepworth, Wakefield and Conservator Laura Davies. There is also archive audio of the artist speaking.
🔊 Find out more: https://bit.ly/39G6sdf
The exhibition runs at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two) Until Sun 2 oct 2022.
British Sign Language (BSL) video – Welcome to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
For #DeafAwarenessWeek we want to share some of the resources that we have for our Deaf visitors.
Trudi Collier presents a British Sign Language (BSL) tour of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, letting you know what to expect from your visit.
Interview with Mahtab Hussain | You Get Me?
Who do you see?
In an an interview with curator Louise Pearson, Mahtab Hussain discusses some of the themes of his series 'You Get Me?', which is an exploration of identity, representation and masculinity in British Asian men.
🔊 Head to our website to listen to the interview (transcript available): https://bit.ly/3Lp7OH0
Mahtab's work is part of our new free exhibition 'Counted: Scotland’s Census 2022' which is open now at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
In the year of Scotland’s census, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery is exploring who lives in Scotland today. The exhibition will explore many facets of Scotland's identity including religion, occupation, health, ethnicity and how these inform who we are.
Brian Cox - Meet Me at the Museum (the Art Fund podcast)
Brian Cox came to the Scottish National Gallery to record the first episode of the new series of Art Fund’s podcast #MeetMeAtTheMuseum.
He and fellow actor Ava Hickey explored some of the most iconic paintings in Scotland’s art collection, met the Monarch of the Glen, and discussed their shared experiences of making creative work during the pandemic.
Join them on a tour of some ICONIC works in our collection: https://podfollow.com/mmatm
Queer Art: Where is the Queer Joy?
"For any minority, to see yourself depicted in culture is so important, and it makes you feel like you exist, and that you matter" 💗
The third and final film in our 'Not Seeing Straight' series asks: where is Art's Queer Joy? 🔎🌈✨
Too often we dwell on the negatives of history's LGBTQ+ artists, dark stories, pain, and repression. We have like Keith Haring, who sadly died of AIDS, Basquiat, who died of drug abuse. Not just in the visual arts but across different art forms. But look closer and queer joy can be found, sometimes explicit, but sometimes in the abstract. Flowers, landscapes, colours and domestic scenes. So how do we find and illuminate this work? And why is it so important that we do?
In this new series of three films, Not Seeing Straight: Celebrating Queer Art and Lives, we LGBTQ+ explore artists and their artworks. Since legal changes have in recent decades made the lives of queer people more open and free, so too has the art produced by LGBTQ plus artists. The world of queer arts opened up, becoming bolder, louder and more mainstream.
Narrated by Afton Moran
Produced by National Galleries of Scotland and HeeHaw
Who was Flora Macdonald? Scotland's trailblazers, legends, creators and innovators
Scottish history buffs may have seen a familiar face in this week's episode of Outlander as Flora Macdonald arrived in North Carolina.
Flora Macdonald (1722-1790) courageously helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape ‘over the sea to Skye’, a story that is one of Scotland’s most enduring legends.
After Prince Charlie’s disastrous defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, he was on the run from the British Army and hiding in the Hebrides. Flora took a huge personal risk in concealing him as her maid ‘Betty Burke’ and helping him evade the British, before eventually reaching the safety of France.
But what happened to Flora after this? This film looks at Flora’s heroic act, as well as her own attempt to start a new life in North Carolina amid the looming threat of war.
Find Your Surreal
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
― Salvador Dali
Over the last six months, students on the MScR Collections and Curating Practices programme at The University of Edinburgh have been developing a website for our Surrealist collections. The project looks at how Surrealism and 'the strange' continues to influence us today.
Want to know what links the Surrealists and The Beatles? Or create your own dream journal? We invite you to #FindYourSurreal and enjoy exploring the themes of this fascinating movement: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features/find-your-surreal
Music at National Galleries of Scotland | Maxwell/Lightbody/Smith - Springtime Jazz Recital
"Summertime and the living is easy"
Looking ahead to sunnier times, we present Maxwell/Lightbody/Smith performing a Springtime Jazz Recital in the Scottish National Gallery.
Recorded with David Roberts’ glorious Rome Sunset as a backdrop, join Glasgow-based jazz trio Maxwell/Lightbody/Smith for a short set of jazz classics including DeSylva and Kern’s 1919 show tune Look for the Silver Lining, and George Gerwin’s enduring classic Summertime (1935). Head to our website for the full concert: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features/music-national-galleries-scotland-live-music-now
Produced with Live Music Now Scotland
The Queer Code: Secret Languages of LGBTQ+ Art
Explore the visual symbols and language used by LGBTQ+ artists and communities to suggest hidden identities. Oscar Wilde and his circle famously wore a green carnation as a signifier of their identities. These flowers are just one example of the many visual symbols throughout history, which hinted at secret sexualities and identities that had been hidden.
So what other coded symbols can we find in the history of queer art?
How did today's artist reference and re-use them?
And how have hidden symbols transitioned to a wider and more expressive queer visual language?
The Hidden Histories of Queer Art
Explore rediscovered LGBTQ+ artists with us as we delve into archives and collections to celebrate queer art. These artists have always existed, but art histories have predominately been told from a perspective that often suppressed their identities. This film examines the work and lives of artists including Duncan Grant, Claude Cahun, Joan Eardley, Anne Lister, and George Platt Lynes, among others
Trailer - Not Seeing Straight: Celebrating Queer Art
🏳️🌈 It's LGBTQ+ History Month! We're excited to share a new series of films celebrating queer joy.
In this new series of three films, 'Not Seeing Straight: Celebrating Queer Art and Lives', we explore artists and their artworks. What can we learn about queer artists from archives and material out of public view? Is there such a thing as a queer aesthetic? What signs and symbols have queer artists used to suggest their feelings and identities? Watch the trailer now! 🌈
The first film 'The Hidden Histories of Queer Art' is now available to watch in full on our YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtIbsAaEW_Y&t=7s
Explore rediscovered LGBTQ+ artists with us as we delve into archives and collections to celebrate queer art. These artists have always existed, but art histories have predominately been told from a perspective that often suppressed their identities. This film examines the work and lives of artists including Duncan Grant, Claude Cahun, Joan Eardley, Anne Lister, and George Platt Lynes, among others.
Music at the Galleries | Siannie Moodie : Celtic Revival in the Scottish National Gallery
Responding to the Celtic Revival artworks on display, Siannie Moodie plays a selection of traditional Scottish and Irish Gaelic tunes arranged for clàrsach. The Celtic Revival was a multidisciplinary movement in Britain and Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Created with Live Music Now Scotland
Watch the performance in full: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features/music-national-galleries-scotland-live-music-now
Vox Duo | Christmas Concert at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
For anyone in need of some festive cheer 🎄🌟
Soprano Karla Grant, mezzo soprano Julia Solomon and pianist Michał Gajzler performed a Christmas Concert in the Great Hall of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Produced with Live Music Now Scotland.
🎶 Watch the performance in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsPub0DwCuc
#OurNewArrivals - Graham Fagen's 'The Slave's Lament'
"Folk have called it a kind of cultural mashup...for me it's much more of a cultural harmony"
We are delighted to have acquired Graham Fagen's video installation 'The Slave's Lament', first exhibited at the Venice Biennale and kindly gifted to us by Outset UK.
Graham Fagen chatted to us about the inspiration of the piece whilst we were setting up #OurNewArrivals, revealing a collaborative process that was years in the making.
The installation features a four channel video of Ghetto Priest and the Scottish Ensemble performing Robert Burns' 'The Slave’s Lament'. The song was chosen as a way to highlight Robert Burns' connection with the transatlantic slave trade, inspired by the knowledge that Burns had purchased several separate passages to Jamaica to work on a plantation. Ultimately, circumstances meant that the Bard's plans were never realised, but this context provides an opportunity to revisit Scotland's cultural and historical links with the slave trade.
The result is fascinating cultural harmony, where Burns's poetry finds a haunting bedfellow in Jamaican reggae music. The installation is on display in Room 8 of 'New Arrivals - From Salvador Dalí to Jenny Saville' open now at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One).
Music at National Galleries of Scotland - Live Music Now | Iona Fyfe and Ron Jappy
Vocalist Iona Fyfe and Ron Jappy (guitar) perform a selection of bothy ballads and traditional tunes inspired by Sir David Wilkie’s 'Pitlessie Fair', 1804, and David Allan’s 'A Highland Wedding', 1780. This 20-minute performance includes Fyfe’s original arrangement in Scots of Bob Dylan’s 1963 classic, 5'A Girl from the North Country'.
Head to our website to see the performance in full: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/features/music-national-galleries-scotland-live-music-now
Now that we have your attention, here’s a #ScotlandSketches prompt for all you #GBBO fans out there. We tasked the wonderful Flora Shedden, Bake Off alumna and owner of ARAN Bakery in Dunkeld, to decorate a cake inspired by the paintings of the Scottish colourist Samuel John Peploe.
Watch Flora opted translate a rocky Iona landscape into icing via the video below. Find Flora’s chocolate cake recipe on our blog. ➡https://bit.ly/3FzBGxa
And in anticipation of the GBBO final, sketch your own cake designs inspired by your favourite artworks. Share them in the comments below and we’ll share them on our website and social media channels!
🔪 Are you a fan of Hammer horrors?
💀 Can't get enough of Harryhausen?
📅 Are you free on Tue 9 Nov, 6-7pm?
We have JUST the event for you!
Actors Martine Beswick and Caroline Munro join John Walsh for a live event where they share their experiences of appearing in Hammer horrors, James Bond films and working with Harryhausen.
This event is exclusively available to subscribers of Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema virtual exhibition experience.
Find out more and get details on how to sign up - http://ow.ly/mlNZ50GGQfv