Draw breath and escape with art

Explore artists and artworks, films, stories and art activities


Browse over a thousand highlighted artists from the collection.

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Questions about art series

Can art be good for you?

Art, in one form or another, has been around since the Stone Age, and to this day, museums and galleries welcome hundreds of millions of visitors every year. But why is this?

What compels us to make and experience artworks?
And is art really good for us?

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In Focus

The Progress of a Soul by Phoebe Anna Traquair

In this new series devoted to Scottish Art, we look at paintings by some of the nation’s finest artists. We examine them to uncover what makes each work so special and reveal some of the stories behind them.

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Take part

Take part

Free your mind and make your own art with us.

GIF it a go!

Free GIF making guides to download. Learn a new skill. Have a go at mixing up artworks and bringing them to life.

Art Around You

Art activities to try, wherever you are and with whatever you have around you. Free art learning resources for all.

Art in the Open

Spending time outside in nature is great for our wellbeing. Making art and being creative is fun and relaxing – so why not combine both?

Inspiring collections

Inspiring collections

New acquistions

This collection presents some of the works acquired in recent years, including painting, works on paper and photography.

Scottish art

In this collection, you can explore a selection of highlights from our collection of Scottish art.


The National Galleries of Scotland has over 96,000 objects in its collection. We have selected just a few of these for you to enjoy.

MacKinnon Collection

This unique collection of Scottish photography represents Scottish life and identity from the 1840s through the 1940s – a century of dramatic transformation and innovation. 


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Reviewing our collection content

As part of our commitment to equality, we are undertaking a review of the national art collection in relation to colonialism, slavery and their legacies. New content, in gallery and online, is being developed over the coming months in light of this research and will remain an ongoing project. If you see content that you think should be reviewed as part of this work, please email us. All suggestions will be considered. We are currently unable to give a timescale for when any agreed changes will be made but we will do it as soon as we can.

From our archive

From our archive

Delve in to our archive to uncover extraordinary art treasures.


A look at astonishing works by Marie Čermínová (1902-1980), more famously known as Toyen.

La Dame Ovale

A look at a livre d’artiste written by the Surrealist painter, poet and author Leonora Carrington, and illustrated by Max Ernst.

Surrealist Argentinian playing cards

A deck of playing cards crafted by the Argentinian painter, designer, illustrator and author, Leonor Fini.

Artist book of proverbs

We take a look at a fascinating artist book of proverbs from around the world by Linda K. Johnson.