City Art Centre

City Art Centre

About City Art Centre

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.

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Upcoming Events at City Art Centre

Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s - SUSPENDED

Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s - SUSPENDED

12th September 2020 - 6th June 2021

The 1920s was a period of contrasts and this exhibition explores the styles, ideas and events that shaped Scottish art during this influential decade.
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E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas - SUSPENDED

E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas - SUSPENDED

7th November 2020 - 14th March 2021

This Exhibition is a collaboration between the National Trust for Scotland and the City Art Centre and is the first major retrospective of Hornel's art for over 35 years.
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Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures - SUSPENDED

Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures - SUSPENDED

14th November 2020 - 11th April 2021

Timed to mark his 70th birthday, this major exhibition by contemporary artist Jock McFadyen displays new and existing paintings, alongside works from City Art Centre’s collection of Scottish art.
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Lecture: Beyond Hornel: Scottish Photographers in Meiji Japan

Lecture: Beyond Hornel: Scottish Photographers in Meiji Japan

28th January 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

This talk will examine the history of Scottish expatriates in nineteenth-century Japan and their contribution to the photography networks and communities in their adopted country.
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Japanese Cultural Event: Sounds and Movement from Old Japan - POSTPONED

Japanese Cultural Event: Sounds and Movement from Old Japan - POSTPONED

30th January 2021

Japanese dancer Miho Sedgwick and Shamisen musician Hiromi Moffat will collaborate in music and dance performances.
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E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas Conservator’s Tour - POSTPONED

E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas Conservator’s Tour - POSTPONED

4th February 2021

Join Gail Egan and Henry Matthews on a special tour of E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas.
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Japanese Cultural Event: Vibration of Northern Japan - POSTPONED

Japanese Cultural Event: Vibration of Northern Japan - POSTPONED

6th February 2021

Yoshie Asano Campbell will weave a variety of Umewaka styles from the northern part of Japan in a beautiful and energetic performance.
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Lecture: Artist, Model, Collector: Photography in the Life and Work of Mary Cameron

Lecture: Artist, Model, Collector: Photography in the Life and Work of Mary Cameron

12th February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

This lecture offers fresh insights into a fascinating artist. Dr Helen Scott is Curator of Fine Art at the City Art Centre, and author of Mary Cameron: Life in Paint.
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Adult Creative Workshop: Paper Flappers and Jazz Age Fashion

Adult Creative Workshop: Paper Flappers and Jazz Age Fashion

13th February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb to create elegant paper dolls and collaged portrait heads modelling the latest Art Deco styles in this adult creative workshop!
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Documentation and Digitisation of Historic Photographs at the National Trust for Scotland Lecture

Documentation and Digitisation of Historic Photographs at the National Trust for Scotland Lecture

25th February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

In this talk, Lily Barnes will pull back the curtain on the intricacies of working hands-on with historic photographs.
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Lecture: E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas: An Introduction

Lecture: E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas: An Introduction

26th February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Join curator Ben Reiss for an introduction to the exhibition E. A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas.
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Responding to Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures - Collage and Printmaking

Responding to Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures - Collage and Printmaking

27th February 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Combining surprising elements from our fantastic and intriguing exhibition, create a series of works with overlaid and combined elements in collage and simple printmaking.
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Adult Creative Workshop: Introduction to Pinhole photography - POSTPONED

Adult Creative Workshop: Introduction to Pinhole photography - POSTPONED

28th February 2021

Join us at City Art Centre for a special half day workshop exploring pinhole cameras!
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Echo of Japan – Koto performance - POSTPONED

Echo of Japan – Koto performance - POSTPONED

6th March 2021

Mio Shudo will perform some of the oldest written music available today for Koto by Yatsuhashi Kengyo (1614-1685) and other Japanese folk songs.
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Gorgeous Kimono on Show

Gorgeous Kimono on Show

6th March 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

To add a flavour of traditional Japanese aesthetic a number of vibrant, beautiful and elegant kimono garments will be on show.
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Adult Creative Workshop: Cyanotypes (Blueprints)

Adult Creative Workshop: Cyanotypes (Blueprints)

6th March 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Join us at City Art Centre for an introduction to the cyanotype process, one of the earliest forms of photography, dating back to 1842.
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Family Craft: Make Your Drawings Move - Animation Sessions - POSTPONED

Family Craft: Make Your Drawings Move - Animation Sessions - POSTPONED

7th March 2021

In this session we will create a 2D hand-drawn whiteboard animation and an ‘old school’ flip-book animated sequence inspired by the Jock McFadyen Goes to the Pictures exhibition.
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Dance of the Flowing Kimono - POSTPONED

Dance of the Flowing Kimono - POSTPONED

7th March 2021

Yoshie Asano Campbell is a Japanese folk song singer and dancer. Watch her weave a variety of Umewaka styles from the northern part of Japan in a beautiful and energetic performance.
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Nightingale Choir

Nightingale Choir

7th March 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Nightingale is a mixed choir of four singing voices consisting of singers in Edinburgh from around the world.
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Lecture: Through the Artist’s Gaze: The Feminine Ideal in E.A. Hornel’s Work

Lecture: Through the Artist’s Gaze: The Feminine Ideal in E.A. Hornel’s Work

11th March 2021
Online Event

Marianne Fossaluzza, a PhD student in Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen, gives this lecture on The Feminine Ideal in E.A. Hornel’s Work.
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Lecture: Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

Lecture: Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

12th March 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

The 1920s was a period of contrasts: This lecture explores the events, ideas and styles that shaped Scottish art during this fascinating decade.
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Fashion Show at the City Art Centre

Fashion Show at the City Art Centre

13th March 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

see a spectacular fashion show by the Fashion and Textile Design students from Edinburgh College in a collaboration with the City Art Centre and the E. A. Hornel exhibition!
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Adult Creative Workshop: Hornel’s Dream

Adult Creative Workshop: Hornel’s Dream

13th March 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Taking inspiration from E. A. Hornel’s nature-filled paintings, create a hanging paper-work collage with artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb.
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Cup of Peace and Simplicity – Tea Ceremony Demonstration - POSTPONED

Cup of Peace and Simplicity – Tea Ceremony Demonstration - POSTPONED

14th March 2021

Urasenke Tea Master Mio Shudo will perform the Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstrating the art of tea with its minimalist flowing movement, beauty and grace.
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Adjust / Adapt

Adjust / Adapt

27th March 2021 - 24th April 2021

This exhibition explores how our homes and outdoor spaces are working harder for occupants; as multigenerational sanctuaries, workspaces, classrooms, fitness and entertainment settings.
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Descriptive Tour for visually impaired visitors of Bright Shadows - Scottish Art in the 1920s

Descriptive Tour for visually impaired visitors of Bright Shadows - Scottish Art in the 1920s

17th April 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for a tour specifically designed for visually impaired visitors focussing on our exhibition Bright Shadows - Scottish art in the 1920s.
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Adult Creative Workshop: Vibrant 1920s Still Life Explorations

Adult Creative Workshop: Vibrant 1920s Still Life Explorations

8th May 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Taking inspiration from our exhibition Bright Shadows - Scottish Art in the 1920s we will explore how artists in this period of change explored colour and stylised forms.
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Proposed and Seconded: The Royal Scottish Academy Nomination Books of the 1920s

Proposed and Seconded: The Royal Scottish Academy Nomination Books of the 1920s

13th May 2021
Online Event

This talk given by Alice Strang will focus on the women artists proposed and seconded for election by male allies, including Dorothy Johnstone, Cecile Walton and John Duncan.
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Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

15th May 2021 - 10th October 2021

This major retrospective, the most comprehensive display of Charles H. Mackie’s work in over a century, showcases the breadth of his creative vision and talents.
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Lecture: Roaring Sound: The Instruments of the Jazz Era

Lecture: Roaring Sound: The Instruments of the Jazz Era

19th May 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

This talk will give a brief introduction of jazz as a style of music and explore the different instruments played in a typical jazz band of the 1920s.
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Exhibition Tour of ‘Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay’

Exhibition Tour of ‘Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay’

22nd May 2021

Join us for an exhibition tour of 'Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay' by Stephen Bann CBE, Emeritus Professor of History of Art and Senior Research Fellow at Bristol University.
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Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay

Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay

22nd May 2021 - 3rd October 2021

This major exhibition at City Art Centre focuses on the maritime theme in Ian Hamilton Finlay's work. It was a central element of his art, and one to which he returned throughout his life.
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Curator’s Tour - Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

Curator’s Tour - Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s

28th May 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Dr Helen Scott, Curator of Fine Art, provides a tour of the exhibition Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s.
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Islander: the Paintings of Donald Smith

Islander: the Paintings of Donald Smith

29th May 2021 - 26th September 2021

This is the first major exhibition Donald Smith's work, in partnership with An Lanntair, Stornoway and is part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2021.
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Lecture: Working with Ian Hamilton Finlay

Lecture: Working with Ian Hamilton Finlay

29th May 2021
Online Event

Robin Gillanders gives this talk on his experience working on collaborative projects with Ian Hamiton Finlay between 1994 until his death in 2006.
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Lecture: The Four Seasons in Full Sail: A Year in the Garden at Little Sparta

Lecture: The Four Seasons in Full Sail: A Year in the Garden at Little Sparta

2nd June 2021

The garden at Little Sparta is Ian Hamilton Finlay’s greatest work of art. In this talk George Gilliland, Head Gardener at Little Sparta, gives a brief description of its themes, content & planting.
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Lecture: Patrick Geddes’ Evergreen and Charles Mackie

Lecture: Patrick Geddes’ Evergreen and Charles Mackie

3rd June 2021

Murdo Macdonald gives this talk on Patrick Geddes’ Evergreen and Charles Mackie at City Art Centre on Thursday 3rd June.
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Lecture: The Brave New World of Edwardian Book Illustration and Design

Lecture: The Brave New World of Edwardian Book Illustration and Design

4th June 2021

Join Jonathan Wild, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, for this talk on the design and illustration of books during the Edwardian period.
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Lecture: Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

Lecture: Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

25th June 2021

This lecture will set Charles H. Mackie’s art in the context of his life. His Scottish artistic roots underpinned his engagement with French art and continental ideas.
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Messages and Ships

Messages and Ships

26th June 2021

In this Adult Creative Workshop at City Art Centre, explore the silhouettes of ships in Ian Hamilton Finlay’s work and create unique collages using layering and simple printmaking.
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Exhibition Tour: Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

Exhibition Tour: Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

2nd July 2021

This tour will focus on key aspects of Charles H. Mackie’s development as an artist, highlighting his range and versatility in oil, watercolour and print.
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Adult Creative Workshop: Poetic Maritime Prints

Adult Creative Workshop: Poetic Maritime Prints

3rd July 2021

Explore angular mark-making, experiment using block printing colours, mixing inks and layering to create a lino-print inspired by the maritime theme within Ian Hamitlon Finlay's work!
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Romantic Victorian Florals

Romantic Victorian Florals

4th July 2021

Join us to explore the use of rich colour, light and shadow in Charles Hodge Mackie's paintings and incorporate these into a seasonal block printed Victorian-inspired botanical embroidery.
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Painting with Light

Painting with Light

10th July 2021

Come along to this family drop in session with artist Claudia Miller and create your own faux stained-glass picture to hang in the window at home!
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BSL Interpreted Tour of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

BSL Interpreted Tour of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

17th July 2021

Join us for a tour of our Charles H. Mackie exhibition which will have a BSL interpreter present.
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Lecture: Playing Cricket with the Nabis: Charles H. Mackie’s French Connections

Lecture: Playing Cricket with the Nabis: Charles H. Mackie’s French Connections

30th July 2021

This lecture given by Belinda Thomson, Honorary Professor in art history at the University of Edinburgh, examines the influences of French Art in the work of Charles H. Mackie.
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Descriptive tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

Descriptive tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

21st August 2021

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for a tour specifically designed for visually impaired visitors focusing on the Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light exhibition!
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Descriptive Tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of ‘Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay’

Descriptive Tour for Visually Impaired Visitors of ‘Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay’

4th September 2021

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for a tour specifically designed for visually impaired visitors focusing on the 'Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay' exhibition.
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Lecture: Charles Hodge Mackie and the Celtic Revival in Scotland and France

Lecture: Charles Hodge Mackie and the Celtic Revival in Scotland and France

17th September 2021

This lecture explores the influence of both Scottish and French art on Charles Mackie through a consideration of the work he produced in the 1890s.
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The Light Through the Trees and on the Water

The Light Through the Trees and on the Water

18th September 2021

Create paintings expressing light in landscape and explore the addition of figures for symbolism and depth with artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb at this workshop inspired by Charles Hodge Mackie!
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Flags Ahoy

Flags Ahoy

25th September 2021

Come along to these structured family drop-in sessions where you will make some little flags inspired by maritime themes in our Ian Hamilton Finlay exhibition!
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Push the Boat Out

Push the Boat Out

2nd October 2021

Join writer Katy Hastie at a family friendly drop-in poetry session to make nautical collage poems that fold into origami boats to sail the seven seas - just bring your imagination!
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Curator’s Tour of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

Curator’s Tour of Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light

8th October 2021

Join Dr Helen Scott, Curator of Fine Art, for a tour of the exhibition Charles H. Mackie: Colour and Light!
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