Current Exhibitions in Edinburgh, Scotland


Edinburgh exhibitions 2017


Edinburgh National Gallery


Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR
open daily 10am – 5pm
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass


Exhibitions outwith the display from the permanent collection:


Ed Ruscha: Artist Rooms

29 April 2017 – 29 April 2018
Admission free

Modern One

This exhibition shows two rooms of work from the US artist’s collection focussing on the culture of the West Coast of America. Includes photographs, paintings and drawings.


Joan Eardley: A Sense of Place

3 December 2016 June − 21 May 2017
£9/£7 Admission

Modern Two

Exhibition of the beloved Scottish artist whose career lasted only 15 years after her death in 1963 at age 42. Two contrasting strands based around two locations in Glasgow and Aberdeenshire.


Bridget Riley

15 April 2016 – 16 April 2017
Admission free

Modern One

This focused display brings together a group of major paintings by Bridget Riley (b.1931), spanning over fifty years of the artist’s career to explore the dialogue between monochrome and colour in Riley’s practice.


True to Life: British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s

1 July – 29 October 2017
£10/£8 Admission

Modern Two

This exhibition shows 70 paintings from the Realist tradition during a time when modern art was more prevalent. Rediscover the art of Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Meredith Frampton, Harold Harvey, Bernard Fleetwood Walker and Dod Procter


Scottish Avant Garde Art: 1900-1950

2 December 2017 − 29 April 2018
£10/£8 Admission

Modern Two

This exhibition showcases the Scottish contribution to progressive modern art in the first half of the 20th Century.

Find out more at the National Galleries website.

Scottish National Gallery

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
Daily 10-5 7pm on Thursdays
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass




Some rooms are currently closed as part of a major project to expand and improve the National Gallery of Scotland. Find out more at the National Galleries website.

National Art Gallery. Edinburgh

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH
open 10am – 5pm (7pm on Thursdays)
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass



The View from Here: Landscape Photography from the National Galleries of Scotland

29 October 2016– 30 April 2017
Free Admission

Exploring the theme of landscape through photographs from the 1840s to the present day, this exhibition of prints transport the viewer around the world.


Scots in ltaly: Artists and Adventurers

5 March 2016 − 3 March 2019
Free Admission

This exhibition explores the Scottish experience of Italy in the eighteenth-century.


Making History

12 October 2013 – 9 April 2017
Free Admission

An exploration of the recent work of Alexander Stoddart, commissioned to create a piece of sculpture for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, to be installed on the exterior of the building.


A Perfect Chemistry: Photographs by Hill and Adamson

27 May – 1 October 2017
£10/£8 Admission

This exhibition explores the celebrated and influential partnership of David Octavius Hill (1802-1870) and Robert Adamson (1821-1848) through the early days of photography.


The Modern Portrait

26 November 2016 – 27 October 2019
Free Admission

This rich survey of paintings, sculpture and works in other media features figures from science, politics, the arts, business and sport. Portraits of James MacMillan, Alan Cumming, Tilda Swinton, Jackie Kay, Andy Murray and Naomi Mitchison..


Looking Good: The Male Gaze From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud

24 June – 1 October 2017
Free Admission

This exhibition considers the theme of male image, identity and appearance from the 16th century to the present day. Part of a national tour of the Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s final self-portrait, c.1640 recently acquired for the nation.


Heroes and Heroines: The Victorian Age

1 July 2017 – 4 October 2020
Free Admission

This exhibition re-examines some major Scottish figures, from Thomas Carlyle to Andrew Carnegie, raises questions about the nature of hero-worship and the values that were upheld by our Victorian forebears, and considers the influence exerted by military men, scientists and inventors who helped shape the modern world. Women artists, scientists, writers and suffragists provide a strong female presence, and Queen Victoria’s personal influence on the age over which she presided institutionally is examined.

For more information visit the National Galleries website.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

City Art Centre

2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE
Daily 10am – 5pm (12 – 5 on Sunday)



Paper Trail: Drawings, Watercolours, Prints

2 July 2016 – 21 May 2017
Admission Free

The exhibition is drawn entirely from the City Art Centre’s permanent collection of historic and contemporary Scottish art, and spans the period from the late 18th century to present day. A variety of creative processes are showcased, from the use of sketchbooks to etching plates, and artists’ individual working practices are examined in depth. The exhibition includes a selection of work by celebrated figures like Anne Redpath, Joan Eardley, Eduardo Paolozzi and Paul Sandby.


A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson

19 November 2016 – 19 February 2017
Admission Free

D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) was a pioneering Edinburgh-born biologist whose theories about the growth of organisms had a profound impact on 20th century art.


Peter Randall-Page: Works on Paper

3 December 2016 – 12 February 2017
Admission Free

Peter Randall-Page’s work is largely informed by the study of organic form and the natural world.

Find out more at the Edinburgh Museums website

Fruitmarket Gallery

45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF
11am – 6pm (Sun 12 – 5)



Mark Wallinger: Mark

4 March – 4 June 2017
Admission Free

This exhibition, presented in two parts, one at The Fruitmarket Gallery and the other at Dundee Contemporary Arts, has been brought together in the context of his newest body of work, the id Paintings. A selection from this series of vast paintings, each 360cm high (twice Wallinger’s height) and 180cm wide (his height again, and also the extent of his reach with both arms outstretched is on show in each part of the exhibition.


Find out more at the Fruitmarket Gallery website.

Talbot Rice Gallery

The University of Edinburgh,
Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL
Tuesday – Friday 10-5
Saturday 12-5


Between Poles and Tides/ The Torrie Collection

11 February – 6 May 2017
Admission Free

New acquisitions from the University of Edinburgh Art Collection / exhibition of the University of Edinburgh founding collection.


Kate V Robertson: Object(hood)

11 February – 8 April 2017
Admission Free

Featuring one object each week, the exhibition will reinvent itself around the history and innate properties of the selected things. They include: a brain coral, a Gandharan sculpture fragment, a large mannequin head cast by Eduardo Paolozzi, an anatomical eye model, a Bersag Horn, a large conch trumpet, the figure of Mercury and a death mask of Isaac Newton.

Find out more at Edinburgh University website.


23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP
Open daily 11 – 6



The Collection Series: Works from a private photography collection & Alan Dimmick’s studio archive, 1977-2017

18 February – 9 April 2017
Admission Free

Alan Dimmick is a Glasgow based photographer who is best known for his black and white documentation of the contemporary art scene in Scotland. From snapshots of artists at home and in their studios, to exhibition openings and performances at venues throughout Scotland, Dimmick’s unique and growing archive contains thousands of images that chronicle an important part of the recent history of Scottish culture. This exhibition presents over 150 photographs from a selection of Dimmick’s assignments, travels and personal projects over the last 40 years.

Find out more about current exhibitions at the Stills website.

The Collective Gallery

City Observatory and City Dome,
38 Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH7 5AA

Open Monday-Sunday 10 – 5
(Monday-Sunday 10-6, August only)




25 February – 26 March 2017
Admission Free

Ours takes the study of a historical drawing by Beatrice Whistler as its foundation. The work, though absent from the exhibition space, emerges discretely through multiple female voices, as a hybrid and flickering form that is open to interpretation.

Find out more at Collective Gallery website.


1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
Exhibitions are open daily 11 – 6




21 January – 17 March 2017
Free Admission

This exhibition of new work by David Blyth, Derrick Guild and Alan Grieve has grown out of a long process of analysis and discussion of contemporary art in Scotland, and how it measures up against visual practices created in other countries.

Find out more at the Summerhall website.

The Queen’s Gallery

Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh
Daily 9.30- 6 (last admission at 5)
tickets can be turned into a one-year pass to the gallery



Maria Merian’s Butterflies

17 March – 23 July 2017
Admission £7/£6.40

In 1699, the German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian set sail with her youngest daughter for Suriname in South America. There she would spend two years studying the animals and plants she encountered, leading to the publication of the lavishly illustrated Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (The Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname), which brought the wonders of Suriname to Europe.

Maria Merian’s Butterflies tells the artist’s extraordinary story through her works acquired by George III and now in the Royal Collection.

To book tickets and find out more, visit The Queen’s Gallery online