Scottish National Portrait Gallery
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery aims to provide 'a unique visual history of Scotland, told through the portraits of those who shaped it'. The building alone is impressive enough, being the first purpose-built portrait gallery in the world – standing as a grand, neo-gothic building in red sandstone. Housing special exhibitions, two floors of portraits from the national collection, a shop and a cafe, the building feels small on entering but the exhibition space generously covers two floors. The main entrance hall is beautifully decorated with a frieze by William Holeas along the first-floor balustrade and a painted series of large-scale murals on the first floor. This makes the interior as worth going along to see as any exhibition it holds.
Additionally, the shop provides gifts for tourists as well as useful study guides and the cafe serves delicious hot main dishes and essential home-baked cakes. Other facilities that the gallery provides are a print room, reference section, library and an archive of negatives. These form invaluable resources for genealogists, students, scholars and any visitor interested in the people and history of Scotland (available by appointment only).
Edith Tudor-Hart: In the Shadow of Tyrannytimes vary, FreeScottish National Portrait Gallery
Retrospective showcase of the Austrian-British photographer, communist-sympathiser and Soviet Union spy – taking in black and white images of a politically-charged interwar Vienna and penetrating imagery of children during the...
Tickling Jocktimes vary, FreeScottish National Portrait Gallery
Photography showcase featuring key figures of 20th-century Scottish comedy, bringing together images of over 50 stars including Sir Harry Lauder, Rikki Fulton, Stanley Baxter, Ronnie Corbett and Billy Connolley....
The House of Annie Lennoxtimes vary, FreeScottish National Portrait Gallery
Curated in partnership with the V&A, Annie Lennox presents a three decade-spanning review of her work as a performer, singer/songwriter, recording artist and political activist, taking in an array of...
Minette: The Life and Letters of a Stuart Princesstimes vary, FreeScottish National Portrait Gallery
The youngest sister of Charles II comes under the spotlight, with a mini exhibition centred around a full-length portrait of Henriette Anne (aka Minette) by the French artist Jean Nocret.
Migration Stories: Valentina Bonizzitimes vary, FreeScottish National Portrait Gallery
Having lived in Scotland for eight years, Italian-born artist Valentina Bonizzi uses photography and video to create what she terms the ‘image document’, exploring migrant experiences from 1850 to today.
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