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2 Market Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1DE
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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 at City Art Centre

Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

7th October 2017 - 13th May 2018
Exhibition of ‘hidden gems’ from City Art Centre’s collection of fine art; celebrating the unsung and the unusual.
City Art Centre: ArtsSpace

City Art Centre: ArtsSpace

7th October 2017 - 13th 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

23rd February 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Performance Art

Performance Art

24th February 2018
A one-hour group workshop. Using objects, and a live art approach, we will devise a short performance art piece on a chosen topic. No experience necessary.
Valuing Our Words

Valuing Our Words

24th February 2018
A women-only creative writing workshop exploring playful, joyful, mischievous ways to be more powerful and creative.
Song Writing Workshop with Lou Mclean

Song Writing Workshop with Lou Mclean

24th February 2018
Join Lou Mclean for a 2 hour song-writing workshop, with the focus on individual process, building confidence & getting on with writing songs.
Love Your Body

Love Your Body

24th February 2018
Let's put our heads together with a great panel of speakers, to develop, promote and celebrate positive body image for us, our kids and for society as a whole.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

24th February 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Stories from Scotland’s Audacious Women

Stories from Scotland’s Audacious Women

24th February 2018
A shared reading and discussion session with stories and poems by some of Scotland's most audacious women.
Make It Happen!

Make It Happen!

24th February 2018
Come to this workshop to find support, and develop a strategy to fulfil your dreams and be an audacious woman.
Bicycling For Ladies: Marking The Centenary of Suffragettes On Cycles

Bicycling For Ladies: Marking The Centenary of Suffragettes On Cycles

25th February 2018
Let's celebrate the role of bicycles in emancipating women with a talk and an optional bike tour of the city.
How To Be A Bad-Ass: Emotional Self-Defence

How To Be A Bad-Ass: Emotional Self-Defence

25th February 2018
Psychologist and musician Lou Mclean will discuss different issues experienced by women in the workplace and how to address them with confidence.
Website Building Without Limits

Website Building Without Limits

25th February 2018
Go beyond hosted website solutions and take control. An introduction to some of the possibilities offered by free, open-source software.
Black Skirts and Bonnets

Black Skirts and Bonnets

25th February 2018
An art workshop designing a placard inspired by the history of the of Edinburgh Ladies Emancipation Society and what they campaigned for.
Wonder Woman Dance

Wonder Woman Dance

25th February 2018
Come along and let your body move to a selection of fierce female anthems before learning a Wonder Woman inspired routine.
Open Mic With Dance Performance

Open Mic With Dance Performance

25th February 2018
For any woman who's written a poem, sung a song, penned a short story, or danced a dance, come and perform it to a small audience of Festival participants.
Scared to Sing?

Scared to Sing?

25th February 2018
Are you one of the many women who have always believed you can't sing, but wish you could? Then come along to this workshop on 25th February.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

2nd March 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

3rd March 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

9th March 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

10th March 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

16th March 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

17th March 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

23rd March 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

24th March 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Science Festival Lates

Science Festival Lates

29th March 2018
Allow us to transport you back to the 80's for some excellent adventures and weird science galore with Science Festival Lates!
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

30th March 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Unwrapping the Mummy

Unwrapping the Mummy

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
We need an archaeologist - Can you help to unwrap an Egyptian mummy and uncover the reasons why this person died.
Little Sparks

Little Sparks

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
Get stuck into circuits and discover what electricity does, as you create an electric-powered device.
Little Giants

Little Giants

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
Buzzy, the giant honeybee, leads you into the wonderful world of bees in this delightful, interactive show.
City Art Centre Day Pass

City Art Centre Day Pass

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
During the Science Festival we transform the City Art Centre into a science playground with loads of activities.
Virtual Worlds

Virtual Worlds

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
Transport yourself into another world, by grabbing one of our fantastic virtual reality headsets!
Robo Constructors

Robo Constructors

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
Become a mini-robot engineer in this fun, fast-paced workshop, and create your own wacky and useful robots!
International Images for Science

International Images for Science

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
The Royal Photographic Society brings its exciting new exhibition to the Science Festival.
Wee Wonder World

Wee Wonder World

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
Have fun learning about science as you journey through our special space for smaller scientists.
Mars Master Constructors

Mars Master Constructors

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
What do we need for a new life on Mars? Help out building pods, buildings, labs and anything else you decide is important.
ER Surgery

ER Surgery

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
Join our ‘doctors’ in the ER and help diagnose your ‘patient’, before performing life-saving surgery on the knee, abdomen and brain.
Zoom Box

Zoom Box

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
Create your own Zoom Box and pair it up with your smartphone camera to create a super strong microscope for you to take home.
Science Mini Cinema

Science Mini Cinema

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
Science Mini Cinema screens a series of short films from around the world, sit down, relax and enjoy.
Mini Mechanics

Mini Mechanics

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
Become a mini mechanic and discover the power of the internal combustion engine in this fascinating workshop.
Blood Bar

Blood Bar

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
Prepare for thing to get gory as you find out what really happens when you get cuts and bruises in the Scab Lab.
Carnival of the Mind

Carnival of the Mind

31st March 2018 - 14th April 2018
EISF: Roll up, roll up and step inside the Carnival of the Mind to discover the secrets of your brain!
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

31st March 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

6th April 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

7th April 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

13th April 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

14th April 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

20th April 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

21st April 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

27th April 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

28th April 2018
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.

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