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).
Making Historytimes vary, FreeScottish National Portrait Gallery
Solo exhibition of recent work by Sandy Stoddart (Sculptor In Ordinary to The Queen of Scotland), of which the main focus will be the creation of a new figurative statue...
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.
Work, Union, Civil War, Faith, Rootstimes vary, FreeScottish National Portrait Gallery
Group exhibition created during five community outreach projects investigating the contemporary relevance of major transformations in Scottish history – inspired by portraits and personalities from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery...
Modern Portraitstimes vary, FreeScottish National Portrait Gallery
Collective exhibition bringing together a varied series of 20th and 21st century works of portraiture, including Stanley Curister, Robert Heriot Westwater, Victoria Crowe, Maggi Hambling and William McCance.
Vivian Sassen: In and Out of Fashiontimes vary, FreeScottish National Portrait Gallery
First retrospective of Dutch-born contemproary fashion photographer Viviane Sassenand - taking to the Portrait Gallery from Huis Marseille Museum, Amsterdam – displaying her trademark flamboyant, formally inventive and occasionally surreal...
- 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD