City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh News: galleries


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.

Edinburgh’s Festivals Get Government Funding Boost

Edinburgh's Festivals have received a funding boost, it was announced on Thursday as an ambitious programm

Knits Make Transition From Trees To Knees

Anything Goes Knitting Group

Last year the ‘Anything Goes Knitting Group’ made headlines after they knitted 700 colourful squares to cover the trees at Leith Links for the “cool wool” part of the