Student Venues: Art Galleries

From tiny grassroots galleries to giant multi-million pound behemoths – the galleries to look out for this term

Article by Nadia Younes and Peter Simpson | 11 Sep 2018

City Observatory & City Dome, Edinburgh
A gallery committed to challenging conceptions of art, popular culture and social attitudes, Collective specialise in far-reaching projects, including the Satellites Programme where emergent artists in Scotland can develop their technical and critical skills.

Cooper Gallery
13 Perth Rd, Dundee
Part of the University of Dundee, the Cooper plays host to a series of large-scale exhibitions over the course of the year, offering DJCAD students an ideal opportunity to mingle and draw inspiration.

Edinburgh Printmakers
23 Union St, Edinburgh
Tucked away off the top of Leith Walk, Printmakers is a bustling artistic hub. As well as studios, it houses a brilliant gallery space. Printmakers have a new home in the works on Fountainbridge – keep your eyes peeled for more info.

Edinburgh Printmakers

The Fruitmarket Gallery
45 Market St, Edinburgh
If sculpture’s your thang, Fruitmarket Gallery will see you right. Along with two floors of exhibition space, they’ve got an incredible selection of art and photography, books and magazines, a quirky wee gift shop and a damn good cafe.

Royal Exchange Sq, Glasgow
Based in the heart of the city centre, Glasgow's iconic Gallery of Modern Art is both a prestigious, eternally divisive playground for the bigger names in Scotland’s contemporary art scene, and a godsend for anyone light on cash who just wants to kill a few hours in the pleasantest of ways. 

Generator Projects
Unit 25-26 Mid Wynd, Dundee
Generator was launched in 1996, and has provided a space for new and established artists to exhibit their work ever since. Its projects are run by a team of six artists who rotate every two years, keeping things super fresh and exciting. Oh, and membership is a fiver. A FIVER.

The McManus
Albert Sq, Dundee
Built atop a former marshland, The McManus recently celebrated its 150th birthday, and the gallery demonstrates the history of the city in an impressive fashion. 

25 Arthur St, Edinburgh
Running from a warehouse space off Leith Walk, Rhubaba have 13 studios and a gallery/project space where they host contemporary art exhibitions and events. Their self-proclaimed mission: to propagate and practice a DIY approach to art production and dissemination. 


The Mound, Edinburgh
Housed in the iconic pillar-faced building on Princes Street, the Royal Scottish Academy was established in 1826 as a home for Scottish art and to support emerging artists. Home to the annual New Contemporaries show, which distills the previous year's degree shows into one easy-to-manage exhibition.

28 King St, Glasgow
Established by a group of GSA graduates in 1983, it seeks to encourage interaction between its members to create an inspirational atmosphere, with a focus on bringing in artists of colour, artists from non-traditional backgrounds, and other marginalised groups. You’ll also catch annual exhibitions of members’ work, and a bunch of film screenings too.

V&A Dundee
1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee
Finally, it's here. The Kengo Kuma-designed monolith on the waterfront opens this autumn and is set to be the biggest thing to happen to Dundee's creative scene in a long time. The design museum will feature a host of exhibitions, touring shows and collaboration opportunities – it also looks a bit like a big ol' ship.