Thursday, June 11, 2015

Artsy Afternoons in Scotland: A Sampling of Galleries

What better way to spend an afternoon than in an art gallery! And since we’re in the midst of our virtual tour of Scotland, we’ve done some digging to find you the best galleries in the country. Of course, we couldn’t choose just you get three!

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National Galleries of Scotland

Visiting Information: Open Daily

The National Galleries of Scotland is actually made up of three galleries located in Edinburgh as well as two partner galleries located outside the city. You will find the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art within Edinburgh; Paxton House located in Berwickshire and Duff House in Banff are the National Galleries’ two partnering galleries. The National Galleries primary purpose is to present a vivid picture of Scotland’s art from the turn of the sixteenth century to present day.

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Right now the National Galleries have a selection of interesting temporary exhibits which include a portrait series focused on the relationship between Roland Penrose, Lee Miller, and Pablo Picasso, a newly assembled grouping of works by American artist Roy Lichtenstein, as well as a display of highly celebrated Scottish painter David Roberts. The National Galleries show their selections from the Scottish collections “within a wider international context,” so they often have visiting international exhibits.

Perth Museum & Art Gallery

Visiting Information: Open Tuesday through Sunday

The Perth Museum & Art Gallery holds a recognized collection of national significance, which can be further divided into the art gallery, social history, and the national history. This gallery is home to many permanent collections, including a diverse natural history collection, a photographic collection surrounding life in Perth and Perthshire, and an archaeology collection that spans over 10,000 years of history.

This museum and art gallery has a history spanning almost 200 years! This Marshall Monument is one of the oldest purpose-built museum buildings in the United Kingdom, and was first opened by the Antiquarian Society of Perth in 1824 as a museum and library. In 1915 the Society gifted the building to the city with the understanding that it would remain a public museum and library.

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At present, the Perth Museum & Art Gallery is housing a number of interesting temporary exhibits, which include a collection of artwork from Perth nursery, primary and secondary school students, an exploration of medieval “bling,” and an in-depth look at the ways in which clay was used to shape many Scottish buildings and artifacts.

The McManus

Visiting Information: Open Daily

Located in Dundee, the McManus Museum & Art Gallery has been the hub of the arts and culture scene in the city since 1867. The McManus collection finds its home in an impressive Gothic Revival-style building and totals approximately 150,000 items of all different shapes and sizes.

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The McManus permanent collection includes artifacts which detail the local community’s history, decorative arts and crafts (including a variety of ceramics, porcelain and art glass), and a wide array of fine art. Of significant importance is the exceptional selection of nineteenth and twentieth century Scottish art, and especially the work of notable Dundee artists, John Duncan and James McIntosh Patrick. 

Do you have a favourite Scottish art gallery? Tell us about it in the comments below.