City Art Centre

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Contact Information

2 Market Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1DE
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01315293993
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Opening Hours

Mondays: 10am - 5pm
Wednesdays: 10am - 5pm
Fridays: 10am - 5pm
Sundays: 12 noon - 5pm
Tuesdays: 10am - 5pm
Thursdays: 10am - 5pm
Saturdays: 10am - 5pm
City Art Centre
About City Art Centre

Enjoy a visit to the City Art Centre, a main Edinburgh art gallery with one of the best collections of Scottish art. We show interesting exhibitions from our own collections and from all over the world. We can also tempt you with an attractive shop located on the ground floor.

The City Art Centre has a busy programme of exhibitions which change regularly to suit the interests of our visitors. People come to see favourites from the City’s nationally Recognised collection of Scottish art; new work from local or international artists or exhibitions from other countries. Exhibitions of historic and modern photography, contemporary art and design, architecture and the built environment are staged in a rolling programme. We have shown Egyptian and Roman objects and even featured artwork and costumes from the Star Wars films.

An escalator and lift help you move around six floors, and you can be refreshed by sampling the menus in the café, or buy art books, cards, handbags and jewellery from our ground floor shop.

The City Art Centre is conveniently placed near to the Waverley rail station in the city centre.

Upcoming Events

Edinburgh Alphabet

Edinburgh Alphabet

19 May 2017 - 08 October 2017
An A-Z of the City's Collections, feature more than 300 objects, is now on at City Art Centre.
Spotlight Tours: The Enlightenment in Edinburgh

Spotlight Tours: The Enlightenment in Edinburgh

26 September 2017
Curatorial and Engagement Manager Gillian Findlay explores The Enlightenment in Edinburgh in this tour 26th September.
Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh

Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh

27 September 2017
Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh with Edinburgh Living History at the City Art Centre.
September Promenade Poetry with the Edinburgh Makar and Friends

September Promenade Poetry with the Edinburgh Makar and Friends

27 September 2017
Join the Edinburgh Makar, Christine De Luca and other Edinburgh poets to hear some special poetry at City Art Centre.
Relics, Curiosities and Councillors: How Edinburgh got its Museums

Relics, Curiosities and Councillors: How Edinburgh got its Museums

29 September 2017
Hear the fascinating story of how the city of Edinburgh acquired a municipal museum service in the early 20th Century.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

29 September 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

30 September 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Lecture: The Fortification of Leith

Lecture: The Fortification of Leith

30 September 2017
In this lecture learn more about the extensive defences built in Leith by Mary of Guise in 1548.
Talk: E is for Enlightenment

Talk: E is for Enlightenment

04 October 2017
Sheila Szatkowski introduces the buildings and people that made Edinburgh the heart of the Scottish Enlightenment.
Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh

Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh

04 October 2017
Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh with Edinburgh Living History at the City Art Centre.
But Edinburgh is a Mad God’s Dream... Pub Quiz Night

But Edinburgh is a Mad God’s Dream... Pub Quiz Night

06 October 2017
Test your knowledge of the City’s history at the first pub quiz in the City Art Centre on 6th October.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

06 October 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
City Art Centre: ArtsSpace

City Art Centre: ArtsSpace

07 October 2017 - 13 May 2018
Explore the new activities in the family activity area at City Art Centre to complement the exhibition ‘Hidden Gems’
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

07 October 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

07 October 2017 - 13 May 2018
Exhibition of ‘hidden gems’ from City Art Centre’s collection of fine art; celebrating the unsung and the unusual.
Curator’s Tour of Hidden Gems

Curator’s Tour of Hidden Gems

09 October 2017
Join Dr Helen Scott, Curator of Fine Art, for a tour of the exhibition Hidden Gems at City Art Centre on 9th October!
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

13 October 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

14 October 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

20 October 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

21 October 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

27 October 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

28 October 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

03 November 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

04 November 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Setting the Scene for Playfair: James Craig’s Ideas for a New Edinburgh

Setting the Scene for Playfair: James Craig’s Ideas for a New Edinburgh

04 November 2017
This talk by Dr Anthony Lewis, at City Art Centre, focuses on architects William Henry Playfair and James Craig.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

10 November 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

11 November 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Tenements and Multi-Storey Living in Edinburgh since 1767

Tenements and Multi-Storey Living in Edinburgh since 1767

11 November 2017
This lecture explores the reasons why Edinburgh residents, and Scots in general, lived in high rise buildings.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

17 November 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
A Fine Line

A Fine Line

18 November 2017 - 18 February 2018
A Fine Line: An exhibition at City Art Centre bringing together artists working across a diverse range of disciplines.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

18 November 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

24 November 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

25 November 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tour of Songs for Winter

Gallery Tour of Songs for Winter

25 November 2017
Join artists Pauline Burbidge and Charlie Poulsen for a unique tour of their exhibition at City Art Centre!
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

01 December 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Wood Engraving: Masterclass with Angie Lewin

Wood Engraving: Masterclass with Angie Lewin

02 December 2017
Engrave and print your own woodblock in this Wood Engraving workshop with Angie Lewin at City Art Centre.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

02 December 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

08 December 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Willow Crafts for Christmas: Masterclass with Lizzie Farey

Willow Crafts for Christmas: Masterclass with Lizzie Farey

16 December 2017
Learn how to make willow Christmas trees, wreaths and stars in this workshop at City Art Centre on 16th December.
In Conversation

In Conversation

13 January 2018
A unique opportunity to hear how ‘A Fine Line’ emerged as an exhibition from the four artists involved in it.
Descriptive Tour of ’A Fine Line’

Descriptive Tour of ’A Fine Line’

03 February 2018
Join artist Frances Priest for a tour of 'A Fine Line' specifically designed for visually impaired visitors.