Five incredible places to see contemporary art in Scotland

  • 26 June 2014

All eyes are on contemporary art this summer as the GENERATION exhibition programme gets underway at museums and galleries across Scotland. To celebrate, here are some of the top destinations to see cutting-edge creativity.

1. Aberdeen Art Gallery

Free to all

The gallery is not only a treasure trove of modern Scottish art, but also home to a growing collection of international contemporary works. Among the many notable artists featured are Ken Currie, Gilbert & George, Ivor Abrahams, Bridget Riley and Bruce McLean.

For GENERATION the gallery will be exhibiting work by Anthony Schrag. Find out more.

2. The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Free to all

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

For GENERATION the gallery will be exhibiting work by Jim Lambie. Find out more

3. Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow

Free to all, 10% off shop purchases with National Art Pass

GoMA prides itself as 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 it highlights the interests, influences and working methods of artists in Glasgow.

For GENERATION, the gallery will be exhibiting work by Douglas Gordon, Sara Barker, Moyna Flannigan and Nathan Coley. Find out more.

4. Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

Free to all

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.

For GENERATION the gallery will be exhibiting work by Zoë Walker and Neil Bromwich. Find out more.

5. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

With a collection encompassing both modern and contemporary art, the gallery is an amazing archive of 20th- and 21st-century practice. Featured artists include Bacon, Hockney, Warhol and Freud, as well as works by Whiteread, Gormley and Hirst. Among the highlights is Tracey Emin's Family Suite: 20 drawings that deal with the artist's archetypal themes of sex, family, abortions and Margate. The series was acquired with Art Fund support in 1994. 

For GENERATION the gallery will be exhibiting work by Alex Dordoy, Henry Coombes, Jonathan Monk, Julie Roberts, Kate Davis, Lucy McKenzie, Ross Sinclair, Simon Starling, Victoria Morton, among others. Find out more.

GENERATION is a nationwide exhibition programme featuring more than 100 artists in over 60 venues. It will showcase some of the best and most significant artists to have emerged from Scotland over the last 25 years. For a full list of what's on visit the website.

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