City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh News: galleries

Video: Artistic Director Jonathan Mills introduces 2013 EIF Programme

Treats lie in store for EIF-goers this year from Shakespeare's Coriolanus backed by Chinese heavy metal bands to a production of Hamlet that interacts with Richard Burton's 1964 Broadway version; f

Rare Japanese Handscroll Discovered In Edinburgh Collection

Japanese handscroll

A rare Japanese handscroll painting, dating back to the early 1700s, has been discovered in the special collections of Edinburgh’s Central Library

Elizabeth Blackadder, Queen's Painter in Scotland, To Receive Edinburgh Award 2012

Dame Elizabeth Blackadder with Alex Salmond

Elizabeth Blackadder, who is the Queen’s Painter in Scotland, is to receive this year's Edinburgh Award, joining previous winners Ian Rankin, JK Rowling, Sir Chris Hoy, George Kerr and Profes

Porcelain Pods Spread Far and Wide In Craft Giveaway

This Saturday sees the inaugural Big Craft Giveway, an event funded by Creative Scotland, which encourages people to make, enjoy, and share

Art Festival Brought Out the Kid Critics

One of the main aims of the Edinburgh Art Festival, which ended yesterday, is not only to present a programme of international and emerging artists in est

Airport Backtracks on Picasso Nude Cover-up

Picasso poster

The Scottish National Galleries got a nice bit of unexpected publicity and Edinburgh Airport is looking a mite foolish after the airport backtracked on a decision to

Picasso & Modern British Art Exhibition Comes To Edinburgh

Picasso's Three Dancers

Pablo Picasso was a colossus bestriding the 20th century art world, but British collectors were slow to recognise his importance. The Tate didn't  purchase a Cubist Picasso until 1949, decades after the artist's pioneering work in Cubism.

Top Wildlife Photography Show Opens at Botanic Garden

Pine Marten

A new exhibition of nature photographs by 20 top British photographers is now on show at the Royal Botanic Garden.

Transient Skies - Edinburgh scenes by Jamie Primrose

Pentlands skyscape

It is almost ten years since Jamie Primrose became a professional artist in 2003. It is a tough market with many talented landscape painters exhibiting their work in Scottish galleries.

British Woods Photography Competition

Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris)

Online woodland database VisitWoods is holding a Photography Competition. VisitWoods (which I've posted about before) is a publicly funded web project designed to encourage greater awareness about British woods. The competition is a way of encouraging people to find out more about their native woodlands and to get out and share photos of their explorations.

Edinburgh Fringe Programme 2012 Grows By 6%

Fringe launch 2012

This year's Edinburgh Fringe promises “more artists performing more work, in more venues, than ever before”.

Following a 6% increase on last year’s programme, visitors to the biggest performing arts festival in the world will have a staggering 2,695 Fringe shows to choose from in August (see Fringe stats).

NGS Photography Gallery Named After Robert Maplethorpe

Prater Wheel, Vienna

The new Photography Gallery in the recently refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, has been named after Robert Mapplethorpe, the provocative American photographer who died of AIDS in 1989. The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) said that the Robert Maplethorpe Foundation is giving a total of $300,000 (£190,000) over the next three years towards "innovative displays, exhibitions, research and related publications" in the purpose-built photography space.

Review: Treasures from the Queen's Palaces

Eos by Landseer

 To commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, a special exhibition, "Treasures from The Queen's Palaces" is at the Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh until 4th November 2012.

This is a fascinating selection of paintings, portraits, jewels, books, bronze sculptures and furniture carefully sourced from nine Royal Residences. 

National Museums Scotland Wins Prestigious Award

Catherine Gordon, National Museums Scotland; Phillip Tefft, Ralph Appelbaum Associates; Jane Carmichael, National Museums Scotla

National Museums Scotland has been awarded a prestigious industry award at the 2012 national Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence ceremony.

The £47 million Transformation of the National Museum of Scotland project was announced as the joint winner in the hard fought Permanent Exhibition category, sponsored by Service Graphics, after being shortlisted from hundreds of entrants from across the UK and Europe.

The three-year overhaul at the museum on Chambers Street, Edinburgh included a transformation of the building, new displays and extensive work to make the Museum more accessible.

New Director of Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Christopher Baker by  Chris Watt

The Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland yesterday announced the appointment of Christopher Baker as the new Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.  He will take up his position at the Portrait Gallery on 1 August 2012.  His selection followed an international search led by the recruitment company Odgers Berndtson. 

Free Exhibition Explores Art of Drawing

Irene (drawing)

A new free exhibition, opening this Saturday at the City Art Centre, looks at the art of drawing. A Parliament of Lines (5 May - 8 July 2012) will exhibit the work of fifteen contemporary artists, most working at an international level, all of whom use drawing as an important element in their practice.

Summer Exhibition For Scottish Colourist

Pathway Loch Lomond by George Leslie Hunter

The City Art Centre will host the largest survey exhibition of work by the Scottish artist George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931) to be held in Scotland for almost 50 years this summer.

Alison Watt Self-portrait Added To Gallery Collection

Alison Watt self-portrait

The recently refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG) is unveiling a self-portait by leading Scottish contemporary artist Alison Watt. Painted whilst she was ill, it shows Watt with her right hand across her forehead.

Edinburgh Art Festival Brings Out Big Guns

Susan Philipsz

The Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF) launched its 2012 programme - its 9th - earlier this week. 

Pupils To Compete For New Art Prize

Paolozzi Art Prize Launch

A new art prize aims to find talented, aspiring artists at Edinburgh schools.

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