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Discover, create and be inspired at the National Galleries of Scotland

Take part in an activity, read an artist blog, listen to a music concert recorded in the gallery or find resources to help you make the most from a visit to the gallery.

The National Galleries of Scotland is a place where everyone can come and learn, be creative and make their own connections to the nation's art collection. We programme a range of inspiring talks, workshops, concerts, exhibitions and more - designed for all ages, abilities, and experiences.

Watch

Watch

Videos to spark curiosity, lose yourself in and hear from different perspectives.

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Art in the open

These video tutorials delivered by artist Damian Callan will give you some useful tips and insight to the artist’s working methods.

Lockdown concerts

A series of pre-recorded concerts direct from the homes of some of our regular performers, brought to you by our partners Live Music Now Scotland in response to artworks in the collection.

Queer creatures

Educator Dan Vo (V & A, London) is joined by three guests to explore mythologies in the films of Ray Harryhausen through a queer lens.

Ruined | Reinventing Scottish History

Young Scots have mashed up historical paintings in our Scottish art collection and made them live again. In their videos and performances, they challenge the accepted narratives about who we are and how we got here.

Read

Read

Dive deeper into artworks, gain insights from artists and curators and explore past performances and exhibitions.

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Remaking our histories | Scotland, Slavery and Empire

Lisa Williams takes as a starting point a selection of portraits of famous Scots, and considers in detail how integral the Transatlantic slave trade system was to Scotland’s development during this period.

2020: Stories, Portraits, Visions

Last year we invited you to send us your 2020: Stories, Portraits and Visions to be included in You Are Here, a new display in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Explore the entries in this shared story of 2020.

Scottish identity: Who decides who we are?

This resource invites teachers to use images from the National Galleries of Scotland collection, such as Monarch of the Glen, as tools to encourage Creativity Skills and interdisciplinary learning.

A Year of The Drawing Room online

Over the last few months of the pandemic lockdowns, The Drawing Room Kitchen Table has been a vital lifeline for connecting audiences to artists and one another through a shared creative experience.

Learning resources

Learning resources

Art is a tool that can help us make sense of the world around us. We've gathered resources to help teachers inspire children and young people to develop a positive sense of self, think for themselves, stay well and grow their creativity skills (problem solving, imagination, curiosity and open mindedness).

Take part

Take part

Join us for one of our live workshops, concerts, talks, tours or storytelling sessions - online or in person. There's something for everyone.

Families

We run regular events for families of all ages and stages - both online and at the galleries. Our artist-led sessions are confidence-boosting, interactive, free and fun for the whole family. 

Community & access groups

We run regular events for groups including British Sign Language (BSL) tours, tours for visually impaired visitors and a programme of Gallery Socialss for anyone affected by dementia and their relatives, friends and supporters.

Adults

Our events for adults include a regular programme of talks and lectures, live music performances and our Drawing Room sessison which encourage you to explore the range of possibilities within contemporary drawing practice.

Your Art World

Your Art World

Your Art World is an online community by and for 3-18 year olds: a place to think, wonder, create and share your art online. Find resources and open-ended challenges to inspire critical thinking, play and individual voice.

Visit us

Visit us

We are now welcoming a limited number of self-led groups back to the gallery.

School visits

Inspire creative thinking by booking workshops and self-led / supported visits that enhance the 3-18 curriculum and support health & wellbeing.

Community & access groups

We invite community and access groups to explore Scotland’s national collection for free through guided or self-led visits and free entry to all ticketed exhibitions.

Adults

Groups of 10 or more adults can book self-led visits to view the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

Enhance your visit

Enhance your visit

Make the most of your day in the gallery with these trails, audio guides and resources.

Smartify

Discover the stories behind the art with Smartify, the free informative art app. Download before your visits and enjoyaccess additional information about the artworks on display and audio guides using their own phone.

Visually Impaired Tour | Sculpture Park

Join Artist, Juliana Capes as she takes you on a touch tour of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art's sculpture park.

Family activities

We have a wealth of activities for you to enjoy including trails, sensory stories and fun activities.

How to look at art

We all see things differently. These resources offer simple prompts to start a conversation about any artwork, with learners of all ages.

Learning & Engagement contact details

If you're looking for more information on our learning programmes, please get in touch with our team who will be happy to advise and help plan your group visit.

+44 (0)131 624 6410

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