Best places to see contemporary art in Scotland

Scotland contains some prime destinations for contemporary art. Here are five of our favourites.


This nine-storey former warehouse is the place to go if you want to see rolling displays of Edinburgh's collection of Scottish modern and contemporary visual and applied arts, as well as loan exhibitions of art from all over the world.

The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh

Housed on the site of a former fruit and vegetable market, the gallery opened its doors in 1974 to bring contemporary visual arts to the city of Edinburgh. It hosts a changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year, featuring work by both Scottish and international artists.

GoMA, Gallery of Modern Art, exterior at night

Opened in 1996, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is a popular modern art gallery, with five exhibition spaces presenting a changing programme of temporary exhibitions. Housed in an iconic neoclassical building located in the heart of this vibrant Scottish city, GoMA prides itself on being a centre for people to gather, discuss and learn, inspired by the art it collects and shows. Work on display has been selected on the basis that it highlights the interests, influences and working methods of artists in Glasgow.


The gallery was established in 1979 to provide a home for a collection of modern British art that was donated by the author, peace activist and philanthropist Margaret Gardiner. Since then the gallery has expanded on its 20th-century holdings with an impressive array of contemporary art, including works by Sean Scully, Eva Rothschild and Olafur Eliasson. Local artists such as Sylvia Wishart and Stanley Cursiter are also represented.


With a collection encompassing both modern and contemporary art, the gallery is an amazing archive of 20th- and 21st-century practice spread over two galleries, Nodern One and Modern Two. Featured artists include Bacon, Hockney, Warhol and Freud, as well as Whiteread, Gormley and Hepworth.

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