City Art Centre

City Art Centre

About City Art Centre

2 Market Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1DE
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Enjoy a visit to the City Art Centre, a main Edinburgh art gallery with one of the best collections of Scottish art. We show interesting exhibitions from our own collections and from all over the world. We can also tempt you with an attractive shop located on the ground floor.

The City Art Centre has a busy programme of exhibitions which change regularly to suit the interests of our visitors. People come to see favourites from the City’s nationally Recognised collection of Scottish art; new work from local or international artists or exhibitions from other countries. Exhibitions of historic and modern photography, contemporary art and design, architecture and the built environment are staged in a rolling programme. We have shown Egyptian and Roman objects and even featured artwork and costumes from the Star Wars films.

An escalator and lift help you move around six floors, and you can be refreshed by sampling the menus in the café, or buy art books, cards, handbags and jewellery from our ground floor shop.

The City Art Centre is conveniently placed near to the Waverley rail station in the city centre.

Upcoming Events at City Art Centre

Victoria Crowe: 50 Years of Painting

Victoria Crowe: 50 Years of Painting

18th May 2019 - 13th October 2019
The City Art Centre is proud to present the first major survey devoted to the work of one of the UK’s most distinguished artists, Victoria Crowe.
Known and Imagined World

Known and Imagined World

18th July 2019
Be inspired by Victoria Crowe’s stunning artworks to create your own masterpiece using a variety of textures in this free drop-in family workshop at City Art Centre!
What a Poet Sees

What a Poet Sees

20th July 2019
Join us at City Art Centre as former Edinburgh Makar, Christine De Luca shares with you some poems she has specially written inspired by paintings in the Victoria Crowe retrospective exhibition.
On the Inside Looking Out

On the Inside Looking Out

26th July 2019
Join us at City Art Centre on 26th July for a mixed media painting class exploring the concept of looking out into a landscape with artist Erik Petrie!
Floral and Leaf Print Family Workshop

Floral and Leaf Print Family Workshop

28th July 2019
Come along to City Art Centre for an opportunity to make your own work of art using natural materials such as flowers and leaves in these free drop-in workshops!
Talking Tapestry - Weaving Victoria Crowe Paintings

Talking Tapestry - Weaving Victoria Crowe Paintings

31st July 2019
Join Master Weaver Naomi Robertson for a fascinating insight into Dovecot Studios, a world-renowned tapestry studio in the heart of Edinburgh, and her work with artist Victoria Crowe.
Clay Landscape Tiles

Clay Landscape Tiles

8th August 2019
Come along to City Art Centre on Thursday 8th August and make a little clay tile inspired by the beautiful paintings of Victoria Crowe.
Hand-made Books

Hand-made Books

9th August 2019
In honour of National Book Lovers Day, make your own hand-bound leather or pleather sketchbook to use and treasure for years to come.
Victoria Crowe: Descriptive tour for visually impaired visitors

Victoria Crowe: Descriptive tour for visually impaired visitors

10th August 2019
Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for a tour of ‘Victoria Crowe - 50 Years of Painting’, specifically designed for visually impaired visitors!
Colouring-in with Words

Colouring-in with Words

10th August 2019
Inspired by Victoria Crowe's landscapes and portraits, join poet Katy Hastie to cut and make-up poems and stories about colour in this free family drop-in session.
Exploring Portraiture

Exploring Portraiture

11th August 2019
Make your own self-portrait using symbols, objects and colours to resemble a face or figure with individual expression inspired by looking at the Victoria Crowe exhibition.
Known and Imagined World

Known and Imagined World

15th August 2019
Be inspired by Victoria Crowe’s stunning artworks to create your own masterpiece using a variety of textures in this free drop-in family workshop at City Art Centre!
Fragile Traces

Fragile Traces

17th August 2019
Taking inspiration from the paintings and prints of Victoria Crowe, create a prized, nature-inspired piece of art in this masterclass with Jacqui Pestell MBE.
The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

18th August 2019
In this family session at City Art Centre on 18th August you will get the chance to explore Victoria Crowe's use of flowers and animals in her work and make your own paper mosaics.
Victoria Crowe, Painting the Poetry

Victoria Crowe, Painting the Poetry

21st August 2019
A talk, looking at the Exhibition Victoria Crowe: 50 Years of Painting, to see afresh, and interpret the poetic method in the work of Victoria Crowe.
Art Late: ’The Moment’: Music and Words inspired by Victoria Crowe

Art Late: ’The Moment’: Music and Words inspired by Victoria Crowe

23rd August 2019
Join us at City Art Centre on 23rd August for a special evening of poetry, stories and performances inspired by Victoria Crowe and her paintings.
To Write Down all I Contain at this Moment: Poetry Workshop

To Write Down all I Contain at this Moment: Poetry Workshop

24th August 2019
In this workshop with writer Katy Hastie we’ll explore the ways psychoanalyst, surgeon and medical missionary Dr Winifred Rushworth inspired Victoria Crowe.
Seasonal Echoes

Seasonal Echoes

6th September 2019
Come along and create beautiful textural landscapes in this painting and mixed media workshop with artist Erik Petrie, inspired by Victoria Crowe’s paintings.
Fabric Fragments

Fabric Fragments

14th September 2019
Take inspiration from different elements of Victoria Crowe’s stunning paintings and make an individual piece of textile art in these free family sessions at City Art Centre.
Beyond likeness: Story-making Workshop

Beyond likeness: Story-making Workshop

14th September 2019
Join writer Katy Hastie at City Art Centre on 14th September to create characters with a real kick of life and a story to tell.
Paper Mosaics

Paper Mosaics

15th September 2019
Join us at City Art Centre on Sunday 15th September for this family session and make your own paper mosaics inspired by nature and Victoria Crowe's use of flowers and animals in her work.
Art and Poetry to delight the Senses

Art and Poetry to delight the Senses

21st September 2019
Join us for a short promenade event with former Edinburgh Makar, Christine De Luca. She will share with you poems she has specially written inspired by paintings in the Victoria Crowe exhibition.
Trees, Treasures and Birds

Trees, Treasures and Birds

5th October 2019
Join us at City Art Centre and create your own beautiful collage full of little birds, spiky trees and golden treasures in this free drop-in workshop with artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb.
A Certain Light: Poetry and Spirituality in the work of Victoria Crowe

A Certain Light: Poetry and Spirituality in the work of Victoria Crowe

5th October 2019
Victoria Crowe’s paintings have been compared to poems. Join Susan Mansfield in this talk at City Art Centre as she explores Crowe's affinity with poets and poetry!
Through the Seasons: Fashion Show at the City Art Centre

Through the Seasons: Fashion Show at the City Art Centre

12th October 2019
Come and see a spectacular fashion show by the Fashion and Textile Design students from Edinburgh College in a collaboration with the City Art Centre and the Victoria Crowe exhibition!

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