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Your guide to art in Edinburgh

Artists on Show in Edinburgh

Galleries / Art Spaces / Organisations

Royal Scottish Academy and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

World-class venues RSA and NGMA are just two of the group of major institutions that form the National Galleries of Scotland. Founded 1826, the RSA has recently been at the centre of a huge five-year, £30m redevelopment. Re-opened in 2003, it now comprises 11 galleries purpose-designed for the display of international blockbuster shows. West of the city centre, NGMA looks after some 5,000 artworks from the late 1800s to the present. Selections are displayed alongside a varied programme of temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary work.

The Corn Exchange

Opened in 2006, the Corn Exchange enjoys a spectacular architectural location. Dedicated to emerging artists and contemporary art in all its forms, it promises painting, sculpture, photography, audio and video installation, performance art and "the unexpected"

Talbot Rice Gallery

Established 1975, University of Edinburgh's Talbot Rice Gallery shows work by Scottish and international artists in group, solo and thematic exhibitions. It has a broad educational purpose offering tours, lectures and seminars to University personnel and the general public and organising publications around its exhibitions programme.


Set up in 1977 as Edinburgh's specialist photographic centre, Stills is now recognised as one of Scotland's leading centres for research, production and exhibition of contemporary art inspired by existing and emerging technologies.

Fruitmarket Gallery

The Fruitmarket Gallery focuses on contemporary art, bringing the work of established and emerging international artists to Scotland, presenting Scottish artists' work in an international context, and foregrounding new work through its integrated education, interpretation and publishing programme.

Inverleith House

Eighteenth-century Inverleith House (to 1984, the home of NGMA) is now run by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and houses an innovative programme of temporary exhibitions, events and education programmes.

Doggerfisher, Ingleby Gallery

Commercial galleries Doggerfisher and Ingleby represent a varitey of both established and up-and-coming artists to local and international audiences.

Collective, The Embassy

Edinburgh is a hive of activity for artist-led and collective enterprises. Launched 1984 Collective is an independent, public-funded exhibition, commissioning and development agency supporting emergent Scottish contemporary art.

Not-for-profit Embassy have hosted "a glorious array" of shows and events since their start-up in 2004, and their snazzy website links offer a good starting point for navigating Edinburgh's other emerging independents, among them
Totalkunst, Magnifitat and EmergeD.

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