‘Celebrating Scotland’s Art’, has been an ambitious NHLF-funded project to create new spaces for Scottish art in the Scottish National Gallery. The project began in 2016, and following an extensive programme of building works and collection preparation, the new galleries opened to the public in September 2023.
The displays include artworks which have never been shown before, such as the Bell Scott Screen, whose treatment brought together experts in the conservation of leather, paper and frames. And we welcome back artworks which have been away on loan for many years, most notably the painting of Christ Teacheth Humility by Robert Scott Lauder, which has been a focus for public engagement during the project. The new galleries include dedicated display areas for works on paper, and our paper conservators can discuss the behind-the-scenes research that was undertaken to enhance our technical knowledge of our ‘top 100’ works on paper.
Please join us to find out more about the highs (and lows!) of this exciting project.