City Art Centre

City Art Centre Located in the heart of Edinburgh, our aim is to champion historic & contemporary Scottish Art.

Happy  . Our amazing  Scott and Nelson monuments photographed by Victorian photographer Thomas Vernon Begbie from the Ci...
18/04/2024

Happy . Our amazing Scott and Nelson monuments photographed by Victorian photographer Thomas Vernon Begbie from the City Art Centre photography collection.

The Nelson Monument is a commemorative tower in honour of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, located in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is situated on top of Calton Hill, and provides a dramatic termination to the vista along Princes Street from the west. The monument was built between 1807 and 1816 to commemorate Nelson's victory over the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and his own death at the same battle. In 1852 a mechanized time ball was added, as a time signal to shipping in Leith harbour. The time ball is synchronized with the One O'Clock Gun firing from Edinburgh Castle. The monument was restored in 2009.

The Scott Monument was built as a memorial to the writer Sir Walter Scott. Construction took place between 1840-1846 on the George Kemp design. Two hundred and eighty-seven steps take you to the top, offering views along Edinburgh's Princes Street.

The Cavaye Collection of Thomas Begbie Prints; The City of Edinburgh Council Museums & Galleries

It looks like the weather is starting to warm up a bit and hopefully more sun ahead. Here is a little gem from our colle...
18/04/2024

It looks like the weather is starting to warm up a bit and hopefully more sun ahead. Here is a little gem from our collection just singing spring sunshine.

James Watterston Herald, In an Orchard, 1891

Happy  . One of the most enduringly popular works in our collection is 'The Flight of the Swallows' by John Henry Lorime...
15/04/2024

Happy .

One of the most enduringly popular works in our collection is 'The Flight of the Swallows' by John Henry Lorimer. Part of an artistic family, the Lorimers were a richly creative Scottish family. John Lorimer was the second son of Professor James Lorimer (who took on the 'repairing lease' of Kellie Castle in Fife) and the elder brother of Robert Stodhart Lorimer, the architect. After studying at Edinburgh University John Henry trained at the Royal Scottish Academy under McTaggart and Chalmers and then in Paris with Carolus Duran. A successful portraitist, he also painted contemporary genre scenes and had first-hand knowledge of artistic developments in France. He lived at Kellie Castle for over 60 years. Kellie provided a neverending source of inspiration for Lorimer and here he has painted his sister and children lamenting the end of summer and that it is time to leave Kellie where they have visited for the summer. The Flight of the Swallows symbolises the end of summer. The children are sad.

Our forthcoming exhibition '  Rising from the Ashes: 200 years of the Scottish Fire Service' on display at Museum of Edi...
14/04/2024

Our forthcoming exhibition ' Rising from the Ashes: 200 years of the Scottish Fire Service' on display at Museum of Edinburgh in association with & Museum of Scottish Fire Heritage will be accompanied by several FREE events. Check them out below!

The talks programme is running at the City Art Centre.

https://edinburghmuseums.org.uk/rising-ashes

Happy   and what a wonderful   and panorama the City of   has.Edinburgh from the Calton HillAlexander Nasmyth (1758–1840...
14/04/2024

Happy and what a wonderful and panorama the City of has.

Edinburgh from the Calton Hill
Alexander Nasmyth (1758–1840)
City Art Centre

Join us for our Japan Sakura @ Lauriston Castle - a festival spanning 2 weekends (20/21 April and 27/28 April) celebrati...
13/04/2024

Join us for our Japan Sakura @ Lauriston Castle - a festival spanning 2 weekends (20/21 April and 27/28 April) celebrating the blossom at Lauriston Castle. Full details of events here: https://bit.ly/3Jf5zGS

Free and drop in.

13/04/2024

Our painting collection is rich with scenes from the wonderful historical buildings in Edinburgh..here is another little video montage of them in all their wondrous glory. Enjoy....how many do you recognise?
Ancient Chapel, Kirkgate, unknown artist
Bakehouse Close, Canongate, Edinburgh, William Smeall
John Knox's House, High Street, Po***ck Sinclair Nisbet, 1885
Plainstane's Close, Edinburgh, Robert Noble, 1878
Old Town Close, Edinburgh, unknown artist
The Lodge, Trinity College, Edinburgh, William Smeall
The Village of the Water of Leith from a Window in Rothesay Terrace, William Fettes Douglas, 1878
Brodies Close, Edinburgh, Bruce James Home
Old Edinburgh Close, William Smeall
No. 8 Howard Place, Edinburgh, Robert Hope

Happy Birthday to Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell RSA born  , 12 April 1883. A Scottish Colourist painter, renowned for ...
12/04/2024

Happy Birthday to Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell RSA born , 12 April 1883. A Scottish Colourist painter, renowned for his depictions of the elegant New Town interiors of his native Edinburgh, and for his work on Iona. His childhood home was at 22 Ainslie Place on Edinburgh's prestigious Moray Estate, and he was educated privately at the Edinburgh Academy. His sister was Jean Cadell a well-known actress. From the age of 16 he studied in Paris at the Académie Julian, where he was in contact with the French avant-garde of the day. While in France, his exposure to work by the early Fauvists, and in particular Matisse, proved to be his most lasting influence. After his return to Scotland, he was a regular exhibitor in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as in London.
Cadell was a left-handed painter. While a student, the President of the Royal Scottish Academy tried to stop him painting with his left hand because 'No artist ever became great who did so.' Cadell swiftly replied 'Sir and did not the great Michelangelo paint with his left hand?' The President did not respond and left the room quickly. A fellow student asked Cadell how he had known that Michelangelo was left-handed. Cadell confessed 'I didn't know but nor did the president.' Cadell spent much of his adult life in Scotland and had little direct contact with many of the new ideas that were being developed abroad. He therefore tended to use subjects and environments that were close at hand – landscapes, fashionable Edinburgh New Town house interiors, still life and figures in both oil and watercolour. He is particularly noted for his portraits of glamorous women whom he painted in a loose, impressionistic manner, depicting his subject with vibrant waves of colour. He enjoyed the landscape of Iona enormously, which he first visited in 1912 and features prominently in his work. During the 1920s he spent several summers with Samuel Peploe, another Scottish Colourist, on painting trips to Iona, and was also friends with the Scottish architect Reginald Fairlie.

The Black Hat
Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell
City Art Centre, Museums and Galleries Edinburgh

'Shifting Vistas: 250 Years of Scottish Landscape' is our fantastic collection exhibition. The exhibition addresses the ...
11/04/2024

'Shifting Vistas: 250 Years of Scottish Landscape' is our fantastic collection exhibition. The exhibition addresses the ever-evolving subject, of landscape painting, with a selection of historic and contemporary artworks drawn from the City Art Centre’s permanent collection of fine art. Spanning artistic production from the 18th century to present day, it includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by artists such as Alexander Nasmyth, John Lavery, SJ Peploe, William Gillies, Joan Eardley, Victoria Crowe, Frances Walker and Kate Downie. The exhibition also features several recent additions to the collection, on display for the first time.

We are open daily 10am-5pm and we have a FREE family activity area in the heart of the exhibition for the whole family to get crafty and explore art.

Charles Halkerston, 'Princes Street from the Mound, Edinburgh'. City Art Centre, Museums & Galleries Edinburgh.

Ravi Agarwal, 'Nàdar Landscapes Series – 5', 2018. © Ravi Agarwal

James Lawton Wingate, 'A Corrie in Argyllshire', 1866. City Art Centre, Museums & Galleries Edinburgh. (Photo Antonia Reeve)

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, 'Rocks, St Mary's, Scilly Isles', 1953. © Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust

Happy midweek from  ... when land and sky meet and Mother Nature performs.Edinburgh from the ArboretumRobert Hope (1869–...
10/04/2024

Happy midweek from ... when land and sky meet and Mother Nature performs.

Edinburgh from the Arboretum
Robert Hope (1869–1936)
City Art Centre

At last the sun is shining 🙂This painting has us dreaming of summer walks.Here's a bright zesty painting from one of the...
08/04/2024

At last the sun is shining 🙂This painting has us dreaming of summer walks.
Here's a bright zesty painting from one of the Scottish Colourists.
George Leslie Hunter painted a variety of still-lives, landscapes and portraits, and his paintings are critically acclaimed for their treatment of light and the effects of light.

Pathway, Loch Lomond
George Leslie Hunter
City Art Centre, Museums and Galleries Edinburgh

Our forthcoming exhibition at Museum of Edinburgh '  Rising from the Ashes: 200 years of the Scottish Fire Service' in a...
05/04/2024

Our forthcoming exhibition at Museum of Edinburgh ' Rising from the Ashes: 200 years of the Scottish Fire Service' in association with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be accompanied by a number of free events. Check them out below!

https://edinburghmuseums.org.uk/rising-ashes

Our poster is up advertising our fantastic new exhibition.'Adam Bruce Thomson: The Quiet Path'Adam Bruce Thomson (1885-1...
04/04/2024

Our poster is up advertising our fantastic new exhibition.

'Adam Bruce Thomson: The Quiet Path'

Adam Bruce Thomson (1885-1976) was one of the most quietly impactful artists of his generation. Born in Edinburgh, he was among the earliest intake of students to train at Edinburgh College of Art, following its establishment in 1908.

The exhibition has a big associated events programme.
Explore by visiting our website Museums and Galleries Edinburgh.

A familiar rainy day in Edinburgh.Ernest Lumsden, Upper Greenside Lane from Leith Walk, Edinburgh, 1926. Museums & Galle...
01/04/2024

A familiar rainy day in Edinburgh.

Ernest Lumsden, Upper Greenside Lane from Leith Walk, Edinburgh, 1926. Museums & Galleries Edinburgh.

This artwork is currently on display in our exhibition 'Shifting Vistas: 250 Years of Scottish Landscape' which addresses the ever-evolving subject of the Scottish landscape, with a selection of historic and contemporary artworks drawn from the City Art Centre’s permanent collection of fine art. Spanning artistic production from the 18th century to present day, it includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by artists such as Alexander Nasmyth, John Lavery, SJ Peploe, William Gillies, Joan Eardley and Victoria Crowe. The exhibition also features several recent additions to the collection, on display for the first time.
We love this beautiful pencil drawing of Upper Greenside Lane on a rainy day. Capturing every inch of the atmosphere in Edinburgh in the year 1926.

Happy   from us all here at the City Art Centre.Here is a seasonal image from our collection.The SheepfoldWilliam MacBri...
31/03/2024

Happy from us all here at the City Art Centre.
Here is a seasonal image from our collection.

The Sheepfold
William MacBride (1856–1913)
City of Edinburgh Council

31/03/2024

Happy from us at the City Art Centre! Some seasonal beauties from our collection.

Remember to pop your clocks forward one hour before retiring to bed tonight because you lose a whole hour of  !  So you ...
30/03/2024

Remember to pop your clocks forward one hour before retiring to bed tonight because you lose a whole hour of ! So you can hop out of your bed in good time for your egg hunts tomorrow! Happy Saturday! Happy

Sleep
Robert Gemmell Hutchison (1855–1936)
City Art Centre

Join us for a lecture at the City Art Centre richly illustrating the infamous story of the Porteous Riot in  . With reno...
28/03/2024

Join us for a lecture at the City Art Centre richly illustrating the infamous story of the Porteous Riot in . With renowned Edinburgh historian Eric Melvin.

More and booking here: https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/porteous-riot-illustrated-talk

The Porteous Mob, 1736 by Edward Burton (after James Drummond), engraving. City Art Centre, Museums & Galleries Edinburgh (photo: Antonia Reeve)

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