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.
Activity Area

Activity Area

30 June 2017 - 12 August 2017
Come and have fun in the City Art Centre gallery activity area with lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

29 July 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Newhaven: A Unique Fishing Village

Newhaven: A Unique Fishing Village

02 August 2017
Come along to City Art Centre on 2nd August for an insight into one of Edinburgh’s most historic villages, Newhaven!
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

04 August 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

05 August 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Super Collage

Super Collage

06 August 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and make a collage all about your special City using a variety of collage materials.
Drifting Dragonflies

Drifting Dragonflies

09 August 2017
A Pottery painting demonstration by Griselda Hill Pottery is taking place on 9th August at City Art Centre.
A Rare Talent

A Rare Talent

09 August 2017
David Patterson, Curatorial at City Art Centre, will examine the two works by artist Phoebe Anna Traquair.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

11 August 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

12 August 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Edinburgh Trams Old and New

Edinburgh Trams Old and New

12 August 2017
Come along to City Art Centre on 12th August for a talk on the History of trams in Edinburgh from 1871 onwards!
W is for Wilfred Owen: A Centenary Celebration of an Acclaimed Poet with Links to Edinburgh

W is for Wilfred Owen: A Centenary Celebration of an Acclaimed Poet with Links to Edinburgh

17 August 2017
Come along and join in a centenary celebration of the work of poet Wilfred Owen at City Art Centre on 17th August!
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

18 August 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Adult Workshop: Patchwood Houses

Adult Workshop: Patchwood Houses

19 August 2017
Join artist Ali Ferguson to create an “Edinburgh Close” from “patches” of repurposed wood all stitched together.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

19 August 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 August 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Robert Burns and Edinburgh

Robert Burns and Edinburgh

26 August 2017
Prof. D.W.R. Purdie gives a talk on the activities of Robert Burns during the two years he spent in Edinburgh.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

26 August 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

01 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

02 September 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Talk: Life in Albany Street in the 19th century

Talk: Life in Albany Street in the 19th century

02 September 2017
What domestic dramas and significant events took place inside the Georgian townhouses in Albany Street.
Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh

Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh

06 September 2017
Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh with Edinburgh Living History at the City Art Centre.
Edinburgh through Artist’s Eyes

Edinburgh through Artist’s Eyes

07 September 2017
Listen as David Patterson, Curatorial and Conservation Manager, explores Edinburgh through Artist’s Eyes.
City Walking Tour: A Stroll along Albany Street

City Walking Tour: A Stroll along Albany Street

07 September 2017
Join Barclay Price in Albany Street and learn about the building of the street and it's 19th century residents!
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

08 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

09 September 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Greater than Houdini: The Great Lafayette, the World’s Most Famous Magician

Greater than Houdini: The Great Lafayette, the World’s Most Famous Magician

10 September 2017
Professional magician Kevin Quantum presents a lively, magical show digging into the character of The Great Lafayette.
City Walking Tour: A Stroll along Albany Street

City Walking Tour: A Stroll along Albany Street

11 September 2017
Join Barclay Price in Albany Street and learn about the building of the street and it's 19th century residents!
Queen’s for a Day: the lost history of Gala and the Leith Hospital Pageant

Queen’s for a Day: the lost history of Gala and the Leith Hospital Pageant

11 September 2017
Duncan Bremner co-founder of Citizen Curator gives this talk on the lost history of Gala & the Leith Hospital Pageant.
Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh

Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh

13 September 2017
Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh with Edinburgh Living History at the City Art Centre.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

15 September 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Adult Workshop: Patchwood City

Adult Workshop: Patchwood City

16 September 2017
Join artist Ali Ferguson for a day of sewing with a difference as you create an Edinburgh inspired wood patchwork!
September Promenade Poetry with the Edinburgh Makar and Friends

September Promenade Poetry with the Edinburgh Makar and Friends

16 September 2017
Join the Edinburgh Makar, Christine De Luca and other Edinburgh poets to hear some special poetry at City Art Centre.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

16 September 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Spotlight Tour: Meet me at Maules

Spotlight Tour: Meet me at Maules

18 September 2017
Kathryn Henderson MA takes a shopping trip through time from sweetie shops to department stores.
Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh

Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh

20 September 2017
Experience Life in the 18th century and Edwardian Edinburgh with Edinburgh Living History at the City Art Centre.
Spotlight Tours: Writers in Edinburgh

Spotlight Tours: Writers in Edinburgh

20 September 2017
Curatorial and Engagement Manager Gillian Findlay will give an overview of writers in the Alphabet exhibition.
City Walking Tour: A Stroll along Albany Street

City Walking Tour: A Stroll along Albany Street

22 September 2017
Join Barclay Price in Albany Street and learn about the building of the street and it's 19th century residents!
September Promenade Poetry with the Edinburgh Makar and Friends

September Promenade Poetry with the Edinburgh Makar and Friends

22 September 2017
Join the Edinburgh Makar, Christine De Luca and other Edinburgh poets to hear some special poetry at City Art Centre.
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

22 September 2017
Come along to City Art Centre and join one of the excellent guides on a spotlight tour of their exhibition.
Historic Buildings of Leith

Historic Buildings of Leith

23 September 2017
Come along to this facinating lecture on the historical buildings of Leith at City Art Centre on 23rd September!
Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

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

07 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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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 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.