Barbara Rae: The Northwest Passage

Royal Scottish Academy

4 August – 9 September 2018

Barbara Rae CBE RA RSA, Through the Ice Sea, mixed media on paper

In 2013, internationally renowned artist Barbara Rae CBE RA RSA began a series of journeys of discovery into the Arctic, following in the footsteps of her namesake, the Orcadian explorer Dr John Rae. The resulting new body of paintings, monotypes and intaglio prints represents Rae’s deep-rooted fascination with the topography and history of place.

From her starting point on John Rae’s home isle of Orkney, Rae travelled to Greenland and Canada, voyaging through some of the most inhospitable places on earth. The sketchbooks of both Barbara Rae and John Rae will be displayed side-by-side, forming congruent narratives in these remarkable journeys.

This exhibition is part of RA250, supported by Art Fund.

Venue information

Royal Scottish Academy

Standard entry charge

The Mound, EH2 2EL

0131 225 6671


Opening times

Mon to Sat 10 – 5pm

Sun 12 – 5pm

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