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A selection of highlights from the City of Edinburgh's collection of Scottish art, marking the 40th anniversary of the City Art Centre.

In August 1980 the City Art Centre opened on Market Street in Edinburgh with two temporary exhibitions:The Legacy, a display of indigenous Canadian art from British Columbia; and Prescote in Edinburgh, a showcase for contemporary British craft. Since then, the gallery has mounted hundreds of exhibitions encompassing fine and decorative art, antiquity, photography and popular culture.

The City of Edinburgh’s collection of Scottish art, widely recognised as one of the finest in the country, has been a consistent thread in the City Art Centre’s exhibitions programme. To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the centre have assembled a selection of artworks that reveal its variety and quality. Visitors will be able to view some of the best Scottish art of the last two centuries, including paintings by the 'Scottish Colourists' and the 'Glasgow Boys', and a range of contemporary work by artists such as Maud Sulter, Alison Watt and John Byrne.


City Art Centre

2 Market Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1DE

01315 293 993


Opening times

Mon - Sun 10am - 5pm
Closed 25 & 26 Dec, 1 & 2 Jan

Admission free, but timeslots must be booked in advance online:

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