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Kelpies Sculptures Scotland
The Kelpies sculptures, situated on the Forth and Clyde Canal.

 

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

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

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:

Sculpture

Sculpture can be enjoyed in many towns and cities throughout Scotland, but 3 prominent locations include:

  1. Jupiter Artland at Wilkieston near Edinburgh, a private collection of contemporary sculpture and land art,
  2. Little Sparta, Ian Hamilton Finlay’s former home and sculpture garden
  3. Glenkiln Sculpture Park in Dumfries and Galloway with work by Rodin, Henry Moore and Jacob Epstein.