Scotland has a wealth of treasures to offer the visual art lover, from world class art galleries to tiny villages associated with Scottish art movements, and many beauties in between.
Edinburgh is home to the National Galleries of Scotland, with a small but excellent collection from the Renaissance to the Post Impressionists, as well as two galleries of world class modern art housed in beautifully restored neighbouring former school buildings. The National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh also tells the continuing story of our nation through its people. As a northern outstation of the NGS Duff House in Banff is well worth visiting with changing exhibitions in an impressive William Adam Georgian mansion.
Glasgow offers a visual art feast in the form of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, with paintings from the Scottish Colourists and the Glasgow Boys as well as the famous Salvador Dalí painting of St John of the Cross. The Hunterian Art Gallery in The University of Glasgow has a fine collection of the watercolours by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald, as well as paintings by James Macneill Whistler. Notice here the impressive sculpted doors by a former Queen’s Sculptor in Scotland, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. In terms of modern art Glasgow is up to the minute with its School of Art a hotbed for contemporary artists winning, or nominated for the Turner Prize.
Elsewhere in Scotland
Elsewhere in Scotland there are galleries showing varied quality work from the past and present:
- Dundee Contemporary Arts
- MacManus Gallery, Dundee
- Victoria & Albert Museum, Dundee.
- Aberdeen Art Gallery
- An Lanntair, Stornoway
- The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
Sculpture can be enjoyed in many towns and cities throughout Scotland, but 3 prominent locations include: