Had We Never

Had We Never

Poet and Makar Jackie Kay, singer-songwriter Ghetto Priest, bass Brian Bannatyne-Scott and renowned countertenor David James come together with members of the Scottish Ensemble for four very special late-night concerts exploring Robert Burns, slavery and Scotland, in the magnificent and atmospheric Great Hall of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery... 

Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic

Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic

Come join the stand-up legend and punk poet for a daily dose of iPad-driven art fun. Every day, Phill pops up to sketch a work at one of the galleries. Come watch, chat or even bring your tablet along, and have a go too! No experience or art knowledge required... 

A Perfect Chemistry: Photographs by Hill and Adamson

A Perfect Chemistry: Photographs by Hill and Adamson

Only four years after the invention of photography was announced to the world in 1839, two Scots had mastered the new medium and were producing works of breathtaking skill in extraordinary quantities... 

Comedy at the Portrait Gallery

Comedy at the Portrait Gallery

Join us for an evening of the best comedy, music and poetry Edinburgh has to offer in the atmospheric environs of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Last year's line-up included the likes of Phill Jupitus, Jo Caulfield, Tony Law, Fern Brady and Alun Cochrane, plus musical guests like Edinburgh's own Dean Owens... 

Facing the World: Self-Portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei

Facing the World: Self-Portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei

The many extraordinary ways in which artists have portrayed themselves are explored in this exhibition, with over 150 self-portraits by over a hundred artists, across six centuries, featuring everything from oil paintings to Instagram selfies... 

Lee Miller and Picasso

Lee Miller and Picasso

Edinburgh is a hotbed of street performance, pushy flyerers and hill-related exhaustion at this time of year. The National Galleries of Scotland offer a range of beautifully curated free collections - each a delightful sanctuary away from the frenzy... 

Comedy at the Portrait Gallery

Comedy at the Portrait Gallery

Legendary stand-up and original punk poet Phill Jupitus hosts two evenings of some of the best comedy Edinburgh has to offer, in the atmospheric environs of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. 

Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic

Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic

Back to the National Galleries, iPad in hand, and ready to sketch, legendary stand-up, punk poet and sketchsmith Phill Jupitus invites you to join him each morning as he sketches a favourite work, live... 

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer

‘Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty’ declared John Ruskin ‘if only we have eyes to see it’. Like nature, Ruskin was a force of continual creation, a man who lived and breathed the world he lived in and whose methods of observation – as the title of this exhibition attests – have often been overlooked despite the infinite beauty of his work... 

Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic

Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic

The National Galleries of Scotland will be letting legendary stand-up, punk poet and roving sketchsmith Phill Jupitus loose in its rooms for three weeks. Each weekday morning, Phill will sketch a favourite of his from the Gallery Collection, encourage you to come watch, join in, and share your own sketches... 

John Byrne: Sitting Ducks

John Byrne: Sitting Ducks

John Byrne, who was born in Paisley, is one of Scotland’s most versatile and accomplished artists and writers. This exhibition will explore and celebrate his highly innovative and richly varied portraiture... 

Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland

Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland

This nationwide programme, developed in partnership with National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow Life, and supported by Creative Scotland, will be one of the most ambitious celebrations of contemporary art ever held by a single country and will feature work from a diverse range of artists such as Alison Watt, Claire Barclay, Douglas Gordon, Martin Boyce, Callum Innes and Christine Borland. 

Dear Scotland

Dear Scotland

As part of its contribution to the many debates in Scotland during 2014—sparked into life, of course, by this September’s independence referendum—new National Theatre of Scotland artistic director Laurie Sansom and his team invited 20 of Scotland’s leading novelists, playwrights and poets to pick a single portrait from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s dazzling choice of subjects and to give them a voice, through a monologue delivered by an actor...